Wendy reviews Quillon’s Covert by Joseph Lance Tonelt.
- Paperback: 186 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (December 1, 2015)
- Language: English
I had purchased the book on ARe, but it has since been removed from that site. You can find it on Amazon and the authors website still.
Why I read this book~
I will be the first to admit that I love taboo reads, so when I discovered that this author and found out that he wrote some taboo stories, I jumped at the chance to buy the book.
Once a year for two weeks, Martin takes his son, Marty, to Quillon’s Covert, a rustic family cabin secluded in the beautiful California mountains. Since before those long days of learning to play ball, Marty has loved his dad, but as Marty matures, Martin starts to see something else settle in his son’s uncertain gaze. What’s there lingers a little more than it should, and it seems far more appraising than it once was.
As Marty shows every sign of taking the lead, Martin is faced with the tough choices most parents never see: lose his son by being a father, or try to balance what’s best for their relationship by being something… more.
But with another trip to Quillon’s Covert on the horizon, has the point of no return already begun?
This was a surprisingly sweet Father and Son Taboo that spans over a period of several years. The Father, Martin Sr. has a deep and abiding love for his son Martin Jr. That bond gets stronger when he saves his young son’s life after a choking accident. The two go once a year to their family property, Quillon’s Covert, where they share traditions and the bond between the two just keeps getting stronger.
As the years go by, Martin Jr realizes that he is gay and that he is in love with his Father. He hides it for a time, but it begins to affect their time together at the property and he finally admits his desire. Martin Sr., struggles with his own feelings for his son but in the end realizes that he will be anything his son needs him to be. The relationship between the two develops slowly and in small steps, it turns into a beautiful deep love for them.
This was a very complex story for being relatively short. I was drawn into the intricacies of how they learned to live with what they were doing and how it couldn’t be anything but a deeply private thing that no one else could ever find out about. They both had to come to grips with the fact that Martin Sr. still very much loved his wife and Martin Jr loved his Mother and respected the love his Father and Mother shared. There was no room for jealousy here. Both Father and Son have to live with each having a life that doesn’t include the other. They make it work despite the odds.
The sex scenes were OMG, so hot! And at the same time none of this story felt sordid to me. Just a lovely well written love story that happened to be between Father and Son. One of the best Taboo stories I have ever read. I give this story a 9.5/10 rating.
About the Author
JOSEPH LANCE TONLET 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.
LOUIS STEVENS is a gay romance author born and raised in South Africa. He was a shy outcast who had few friends in school; generally feeling excluded and on the fringe of society. However, when he discovered gay romance and erotica in 2007, at the age of seventeen, his mind and world opened up.
He wrote his first story, A Better Life, longhand in a 197 page spiral notebook, on his bed every night with a pillow curled under his chin. Although the book wouldn’t be published until 2011, with the now defunct Silver Publishing, he found the experience entirely liberating. He’s considered himself a writer ever since.