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Casa Rodrigo [Kindle Edition]

Johnny Miles
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Book Description

Genre: LGBT Multicultural Historical

On a lush, tropical island inhabited by rogues, thieves and villains, where men take the law into their own hands, a father and son are thrust into tumultuous events that will change their lives forever.

Bernardo de Rodrigo is proud of his son. Alonso is handsome and winning, and everyone he meets is instantly drawn to the tall, warm Spaniard. But how could either of them have known that a forbidden love is about to claim Alonso’s heart?

Arbol, the charismatic male slave who was saved from the clutches of Raul Ignacio Martín, feels an instant connection with Alonso, the moment he looks into Arbol’s eyes, the moment they touch.

Bernardo has other things to worry about, however. He’s trying to exorcise himself of an intensely gratifying yet shame-filled sexual affair with Raul, who secretly adores Bernardo but doesn’t know how to show it.

When Raul blackmails Bernardo, their dark and sordid relationship not only threatens the bond between father and son, it places Arbol’s life in danger. Now Bernardo must make a difficult choice that could further alienate his son while Alonso must find a way to keep the man he loves.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Dubious consent, male/male sexual practices.

Product Details

  • File Size: 301 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1607377357
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Loose Id LLC (May 11, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UYUWM4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #952,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The publisher's blurb is accompanied by the caveat: "This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Dubious consent, male/male sexual practices." Usually I shy away from stories of this nature, not because they offend my sensibilities, but because they are so woefully short of any plot worth mentioning.

While the plot in "Casa Rodrigo" by Johnny Miles [Loose Id, LCC, 2010] is not its strong point, it is a credible storyline and an effective balance for the abundance of "explicit sexual content." Indeed, it has some quite original scenes--such as the opening where the runaway slave vainly tries to save her newly born child, Arbol. It is also a dramatic way of introducing the main characters in the roles they will play throughout the remainder of the story.

The genre, apart from being homoerotic, is a period story. I have seen it described as `historical fiction,' but since it lacks any real historical content I have difficulty in reconciling that description. However, its treatment of slavery seems quite credible to someone who is no authority on the subject. Slavery was certainly inhumane and cruel, and I think Miles has done of effective job of bringing those aspects to the fore.

The characters, Bernardo do Rodrigo, his wife Adelina, the main character Alonso, the slave Arbol, and the villainous Raul Ignacio, are all reasonably well-developed and distinct. However, I had some difficulty identifying with any of them. Bernardo came across as a pathetic, self-serving weakling, and his long-suffering wife, Adelina, seens to be the author of her own misfortune; Alonso, while loving enough, was altogether to wimpy to be a true hero figure, and Arbol was too articulate and cultured for a slave.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Casa Rodrigo by Johnny Miles August 17, 2010
By Elisa
With the lack of Gay Historical romance out there, I'm surprised that Casa Rodrigo had not a much wider word of mouth, above all since it's also set in a not so common period, the XVII century in La Española, one of the major islands in the Caribbean.

Until more or less the date when this novel start, La Española was a Spanish colony, but it was also a dangerous place to do business. The author probably chose this set to justify the not so clear business of two Andalusian men, Bernardo and Raul; apparently the worst of enemies, they are linked by a destructive passion. Even if Raul is the villain of this story, I can understand him a bit; he is probably a man that, if lead by someone with high principle, would have been better. Instead he fell in love with Bernardo and Bernardo "betrayed" him to follow the strict rules of their time, marry and have an heir.

Years later, Bernardo has two sons and a dwelling business; Raul comes back to him with a devil pact, something Bernardo is not able to refuse. As Raul is not entirely bad, Bernardo is not fully an hero: it's true that he saved a little slave from Raul's wrath, Arbol, but he actually hasn't done anything else for the boy. Arbol spent the first five years of his life hidden in an attic to then become a field slave in La Española; the only good memory is his friendship with Alonso, Bernardo's son, 7 years older than Arbol.

When Bernardo brought Arbol home, Alonso took care of him, but not like a brother, more like a cherished pet; and when five years later Bernardo decided to leave Arbol in La Española, it didn't take much time to Alonso to forget about the boy.
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Johnny Miles first burst onto the world of gay erotica in 1985, when he published his first short story for self-abusers. Since then, his work has been in Blueboy, Numbers, Stars, Honcho, First Hand, Skin, Male Insider and, more recently, Handjobs magazines.

After several decades of experimenting with different careers - graphic designer, massage therapist, phone sex operator and human dildo - he spurt back into the world of erotica in 2008. Since then, Johnny has appeared in several porn movies, self-published three gay erotic books, and co-founded amateur, gay porn company, Horndawg Productions, Inc.

His latest novel, Lauderdale Hearts, is a m/m erotic romance available as an e-book from Loose Id Publications. His first book, Casa Rodrigo -- also a m/m erotic romance -- is available as an e-book and trade paperback.

Johnny is currently working on a third novel entitled "Learning To Samba" as well as putting together a third collection of gay erotic stories. In addition, he keeps busy by filming, editing and doing anything else that will make a fast buck or get him into trouble.

Johnny lives in Fort Lauderdale with his partner (and silent sufferer) of nearly 14 years, along with 4 lunatic Pugs and a prissy, Prima Donna cat.

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