Jay reviews Ancient House of cards’ by Bryan T. Clark (Published by Bryan T. Clark on February 22 2014, 198 Pages)
I was given a copy of this book in an exchange for an honest review.
Introduction by the Author
AHC is about a moral dilemma… of right and wrong… and how those lines become blurred when love is involved. As a gay man who is also a Christian, there have been many times that I questioned my faith and wondered if there was a place for me as a gay Christian. Although the book is not about a spiritual journey or even God per say, it is journey in search of who the two main characters are. The church is only a platform in with this story is told. In its core, it is a love story with a not-so traditional ending.
Set in the Rocky Mountains, Sebastian Morales is smart, gorgeous and has just turned 30. He is also the youngest Priest to be ordained in the sleepy little town of Morris, nestled just below Vail, Colorado.
Born in a remote village in Spain, Father Morales’ life had been perfectly scripted as he obtained his dreams. Now in America, he is tasked with revitalizing an aging congregation. The job seems easy until he meets Ian Stephens. Ian is troubled and trapped between his own dreams, and the responsibility he feels for the care of his aging homophobic mother.
Escorting his mother to Sunday Mass one morning, Ian and Father Morales’ lives intersect, changing both forever. Ian believes he has seen something in the Father’s eyes that morning, a spark, an intuition, or was he just fantasizing about the seductively alluring priest. Ian is willing to risk it all in order to find the answer, in turn feeding his own sexual desires and causing boundaries to be questioned by everyone.After an unforeseen yet unforgettable kiss between the two, will an Ancient House of Cards be toppled when they are made to confront the moral dilemma that neither of them can escape?
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Cover:- The cover is very well done and suits the story/theme of the book.
Title:- It’s a very intriguing Title, One I didn’t fully understand before reading
My thoughts:- This book is a very deep, and an amazing read.
This isn’t a book I would have bought on impulse, but I am very glad I did read it. The story is written very well. The author manages to really transport you into the life of these men…you actually feel what these characters feel and want to follow them on their path through the book.The characters of the story are very unique and have real depth. The author put a lot of work into these characters and it shows. It was a pleasure to see characters with such amazing personalities and their own backgrounds. Ian, to me, feels like a broken soul. He has had a troubled life, from bad relationships with his parents to just as bad relationships with men. He doesn’t make the best choices but NO real person does, we all screw up. That’s what life is all about.
Sebastian is a man of the cloth, a Priest. He has such a well crafted back-story, you fall in love with him. Its very good to see how the Author brings out his story. Religion is something that is handled with caution but after all they are still real men, With real hearts. Sebastian is very sweet natured, and hot to boot. I love how the Author brought these two men together. It just shows that no matter what walk of life you are from, love is love. Its unique, its messy and it’s truly life altering. I would very much like to read about the other characters from the book. I hope the Author has another book with their story in the pipe line.
Bryan Thomas Clark is a boisterous extravert who is a proud member of the LGBT community. For the last 26 years, he has enjoyed a career in Law Enforcement. On the weekends is when his characters are born and grow into the people his readers will fall in love with. Behind his keyboard working on his next novel, he writes gay fiction with an emphasis on a moral dilemma and M/M romance.
On the rare occasions he isn’t writing, Bryan enjoys traveling, following his husband around the state of California to various equestrian competitions, lying by a body of water soaking up the sun, or watching a good movie while snuggled up with his husband and dog on the couch.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Bryan now resides in the Central Valley of California with his husband of twenty-eight years and their four legged loyal companion, Miss Celie.