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Taboo [Kindle Edition]

Hayden Chance
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Book Description

In his frustration Aiden Kelly made a wish. A wish for change. For something fantastic and magical to shake up his safe and stifled life as a struggling academic.

And it did.

A dark man appeared in his life with secrets of how Aiden could get every fantasy he'd ever ached for. Follow him on his dark journey of transformation and change to become everything he’d ever considered Taboo…

He’s waiting for you. There. Between the covers.

Product Details

  • File Size: 301 KB
  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Publisher: Dorje, Inc (December 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taboo rescues gay fiction for me December 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Gay fiction usually bores the hell out of me. It's often 'ghetto-ized' or apologetic, with characters that don't feel quite right, y'know? From page one this book tells you that the usual rules are off and that the peasants are revolting -- some more than others and in more ways than one!

I found a lot of moments in here that I recognized wholeheartedly, and Chance's turn-of-phrase is refreshing at the same time that it challenges the complacency that seeps into all our lives. I've always enjoyed writers that can drive a story forward with good dialogue; Hayden Chance does this masterfully. As the story becomes larger and more fantastic, it does so by inches, allowing you to get barely comfortable before it gets a little bigger.

Sex. Gotta mention it; there's quite a bit of it in here. Chance doesn't "yadayada" the sex bits. Literary erotica walks a fine line between art and smut... that line weaves all over the place in Taboo.

Overall, a really well-written first book from a gay author that I'd love to see more from. There's rumor of a second book with Aiden Kelly; that, I'd like to see!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, suspenseful sexy read December 22, 2011
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Fun novel. Non-stop action, unusual and magical adventures.

Character development that grabs you - couldn't put it down, had to see what happened next.

Thanks Hayden!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What do you desire November 7, 2013
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Fear. Regret. Insecurity. All these negative emotions surround us all the time. We let them control our lives and our decisions. Guilt. Uncertainty. Doubt. They take up so much time in our headspace clouding our decisions and judgments. We have conditioned ourselves to these states of being for the majority of our adult lives. But what would happen if we just let all of that go. Peeled it back and shed off all of that negativity like a snake shedding its skin. What would we find when we looked at ourselves?

We are creatures of habit and we are creatures of comfort. If change is a terrifying prospect, what happens when you add self-actualization to the equation? These are some of the questions asked by Hayden Chance in his debut novel, “Taboo”. It’s a coming of age story with a twist that asks you to suspend your disbelief as long as you can. And if you’re able to, you are introduced to a world like none other. What starts out as simple fiction, becomes far more than that in a few short pages.

Even though the timbre of his voice is heavier and weightier, the quality of work has not changed. The pace is breakneck and the relationships bloom like flowers in a time lapse video but given the circumstances our characters are in, it’s very believable and thought-provoking. The questions that this book raise are answered but by the end, he has created enough interest that the remaining questions – and there are some – are fine to leave unanswered, for now.

Out of the three books I’ve read by Hayden Chance, this one seems to have struck a nerve with me more so than his other two, “The Year of The Bull” and “Anatomy of A Wish”. I believe it’s because of how grounded the story is in its most base nature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It had to be Snakes! October 20, 2013
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I love a good adventure. Hayden Chance gave me one. Our disillusioned Hero and the "Gypsy Prince" battle Evil Forces with the assistance of a supernatural creature and a Tiger. Our Hero grows and matures through this adventure and finds love. Forbidden is book 2 of this set, and I surely hope for a 3rd book to wrap up the story. I really must know how it all ends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you wish for... December 22, 2011
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This is a great book; I couldn't put it down. Thankfully, it is so well written that I had no regrets reading it cover to cover (so to speak, electronically). The world Aiden lives in is so inviting and well crafted I find myself drawn there, cheering for the protagonist and, well, I don't want to give everything away. Visualizing the people and places in the book came naturally and the action flowed smoothly.

It is refreshing to read a story that is about the character and not about gratuitous sex or violence. I especially like a love element that makes sense and isn't forced nor rushed nor dominates the story. There's so much more to life than the money shot and Hayden Chance captures that beautifully without sacrificing anything. Yes, the character engages in sex. So do many adults. It's presented without apology and left for the reader to deal with.

This is a modern urban fantasy. I have read other authors attempt the genre and fall short. I'm already looking forward to another book by this author.
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More About the Author

Hayden Chance was born with the insane notion that he came here to bring magic back into the world.

At 30 he discovered, much to his chagrin, that there was not a world of enchantment living behind the dusty shelves of University offices and libraries the way children's books had sworn there was. What did live there was mold, contact dermatitis, angry women who hated Shakespeare for being a man and pale introverts with non-gender specific names who liked vegetarian Pad Thai.

Unimpressed by these discoveries he decided to leave teaching forever and strike out for a life of adventure!

He believes in showing the numinous behind the mundane. The mystical in the everyday lives of men and women (and animals). And he believes that truth is best received wrapped in a tortilla of laughter. (Did you like that poetic imagery?)

He is a Virgo, is vehemently against political correctness and knows how to kill in three seconds. Seven seconds if he hasn't had his coffee yet.

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