Beth reviews ‘Brothers LaFon, Part One: Crucial Lessons’ by Joseph Lance Tonlet (self published on February 28, 2015, 80 pages)
This book was provided to me free of charge by the author, who happens to be a good friend, so I will do my best to provide an honest objective review.
Alexander LaFon lives a nightmare, but he deals with it. Deals with the fact that his mother abandoned him as an infant, deals with the fact that his father is never home, and deals with the fact that his older brother, Jeremiah, tortures him.
He dreams of escaping his mobile-home prison and finding a normal life. Of breaking free of his agony, finding a woman to love, becoming a teacher.
But some horrors you can never outrun. There’s nowhere to hide. Some nightmares chase you in your sleep and steal your freedom like a brutal thief. Some brothers never give up and never answer why.
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My Thoughts on the Story:
OK where to start… this is a short, intense, dark, unapologetic story. The author himself has made the following tags: GAY, EROTICA, FORCED SUBMISSION, THRILLER, NON-CON, INCEST, KIDNAPPING, CHILD ABUSE, ANIMAL CRUELTY. If any one or more of these are triggers for you, please step away now. This is not the book for you.
That being said, this book is a crazy, wild, disturbing ride. It’s a short story of about 80 pages. The plot moves along quickly as we first are introduced to Jeremiah (Miah) LaFon as an adult, and get a taste of his twisted, devious nature. We then step back into Miah and Alexander’s (Alex) childhood; this is where we face the fact that these boys don’t really have a normal sense of childhood. No spoilers here, but it’s seriously darkly intense. #mindfuckery at its best.
These boys, brothers, have a very twisted and unseemly relationship. On the surface, it’s hard to understand, but they are family; they are brothers and they have that in-born connection that goes beyond friendship or love. Alex is a smart, gentle kid. It’s amazing that he was able to break away from his brother to make a normal life for himself. And yet he’s like a fly caught in a devious web spun by his brother. Miah set the trap and Alex came wandering in. It’s weird, but it works. The author really has crafted some dark twisted magic with this story.
This is the first of a 2-part series; Book 2 is in the works. If you’re still with me at this point, please go back and double-check the tags. If you’re sure, then I suggest you grab this one, clear your schedule and plan to devour it in one sitting. Once you get started, you won’t be able to put it down. It’s like nothing you’ve ever read.
Joseph is a born and raised Southern Californian—with a twenty-year stint of living in the Midwest. He loves the laid-back lifestyle of San Diego and considers himself lucky to live where people dream of vacationing. A lifelong reader of m/m fiction, he began his writing career one night sitting at his MacBook and has never looked back. He writes to bring the characters he dreams about to life.
For more, visit JosephLanceTonlet.com