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Quillon's Covert Paperback – December 1, 2015
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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.
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**Incest (not inbreeding. Incest)
There. Done. If you read this book knowing that and then bi*ch about it it’s on you.
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My Review -
This book is about an incestuous relationship and you should know that before choosing this book. I did. And while I questioned myself before choosing to read it and deciding that, yes, I wanted to, I did give pause. I’ve challenged myself to try a lot of reads that I never thought I’d broach and have been both rewarded and disappointed. This book was a reward! And I have to add my appreciation for authors who choose to tackle risky subjects. Approaching this from a entirely compassionate perspective made it no less kinky and stimulating.
I feel a need to write two reviews for this book. Look, it’s without question taboo and that warrants its own thought process. But it’s also so tender and sweet that I keep being lulled into writing a tender and sweet review.
That, right there, the lulling, the tenderness, the warmth that surrounds this story is what makes this book entirely unique. If it were straight-up depraved with non-consensual acts then I’d know how to tell you about it. Instead this review may prove to be as twisted as the story. Heh, I wish.
Initially, it had been the kissing, of all things, which had wigged Martin out the most. Turns out, it was now one of his favorite things to do.
Martin Quillon – Handsome, dependable, mature, unassumingly sexy, and a dad.
"Yeah, right here, buddy.
Marty Quillon – From youth to maturity we watch Marty become a man and explore all that that means. And he’s kinky.
"There was nothing perverted about the trust, or the love, or their shared history."
This is no daddy role play. Nope, this is fully involved relationship exploration with benefits.
Spanning some 23 years you get to know both of these men through a series of father-son getaways to Quillon’s Covert, a family owned vacation property in an idyllic, private wooded setting. Year after year the family has been making these trips, but this year is the first time Martin and Marty Junior make the trip alone, giving mom her own vacation time, uh oh (more on this later).
Fishing, swimming, barbecuing and just spending time together is an excellent way for father and son to bond, and Martin and Marty’s already close relationship flourishes during their time alone.
At age fourteen Marty begins to realize just how much his dad means to him. His deep respect leads to deeper considerations. The comfort and closeness he shares with his dad is built on a solid foundation of trust. But Marty’s youthful pubescent body seemingly has thoughts all its own when he looks at his father. From here both Marty and Martin have to deal head on with taboo subjects and overwhelming desires.
"I was just tryin' to be a good dad, Marty."
Consensual, Consensual, Consensual. The challenge here was to convince the reader that father and son were in love and if that was achieved then some of the taboo connotations could be alleviated. And for me, that happened. In fact it turns out that it wasn’t the incest that was bothersome, but the adultery aspect that kept pecking at me. After much consideration I’ve decided that I wanted Marty and Martin together despite the adultery. I imagine if we’d had “mom’s” POV I might have entirely different thoughts. Then again, maybe not. There were optional paths the characters could have taken, but ultimately I felt comfortable with their decisions.
I am familiar with Joseph Lance Tonlet’s work, but this is my first encounter with Louis Stevens’ writing. Knowing Tonlet’s abilities and penchant for challenging, psychological narrative, I assume that the authors conscientiously chose to use a more straightforward, easy going style here. Given the subject matter and the setting I think this choice suited the story well. I found this easy to read and grasp the unnerving, perilous subject matter.
I’ll be honest and tell you that a buzz of uncomfortableness (but never awkwardness) runs throughout most of the story, and that was both enticing and vexing at once. The presumed depravity is a strong chemical; intoxicating and toxic. But this didn’t mess with my head. I’m not conflicted or questioning and I put that down to the fact that this was presented entirely consensually and absolutely sweetly, lovingly, caringly, respectfully and even endearingly. Not what I expected, but I am no less pleased.
Recommended for a mature reader open to exploring new paths, thoughts and considerations.
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I would like to thank the authors, Joseph Lance Tonlet and Louis Stevens for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest review.
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Marty is an only child and comes from a loving and supportive family. He enjoys a trusting relationship with his father, who is somewhat overprotective of his son because of an incident when Marty was a toddler. They have always been close, with plenty of affectionate contact. Marty is not a spoilt brat. He has been disciplined and taught to be respectful. As a result, he is developing into a mature and level-headed young man. He is confident enough to hug his father and tell him he loves him. Martin provides the calm and comfort his son needs. His special terms of endearment and cute nicknames are heart-warming and made me smile.
Each chapter provides a snapshot of their time at Quillon’s Covert and a glimpse into their changing connection as the years pass. We get to see both characters' point of view and the closeness between the two men and their affection immediately becomes apparent. Throughout the story their overwhelming love shines through their actions and dialogue.
When Marty reaches puberty he starts to see Martin in a different light. He wants to be and look like his father. He crushes on his Dad's hot body and his uncut cock. Marty is gay and Martin is straight. The men are candid about their thoughts and desires as their relationship moves to another level. They are both virgins with regard to gay sex and use their time at Quillon’s Covert to explore each other’s bodies and delve into their fantasies.
This beautiful story has an almost dreamlike quality, as if it is set in another world. What the two men did together at Quillon’s Covert didn't extend to the real world or interfere with their other relationships when they returned home. Martin’s love for his wife was never seriously challenged. I assume she never discovered or suspected anything untoward between her husband and son. It’s almost as if these two weeks each year were a different life, set apart from reality. They provided something for each other they didn't receive elsewhere. Both men experienced the best times of their lives here and admitted they loved each other more than anyone else. As much as they loved their other halves, nothing compared to the time they spent at Quillon’s Covert. But that's where it stayed.
This devoted love is delightfully expressed from their first tentative touches to the hot and explicit sexual acts. Throughout the story the sex is consensual. Marty constantly receives reassurance about his father’s care and concern for him.
Quillon’s Covert was co-written by two talented male authors. Each presented one character’s point of view. Joseph portrayed Martin, while Louis wrote Marty’s sections of the story. Their writing styles are similar and complement each other perfectly, giving a slightly different voice to the two personalities.
Please heed the warnings tagged in this story and give it a wide berth if you are likely to be upset by any of them. It’s a taboo story involving biological father/son incest, age difference, cheating, explicit sex, kinks, spanking, and light bondage. Don’t be like the reviewer on Goodreads who gave the story 1* even before it was released. If it’s not for you, please move on.
If taboo is your thing or you’re open-minded, give it a read and enjoy. I can guarantee you will love this fabulous piece of writing and the heart-warming story.
**The authors provided me with a copy of this title in exchange for my honest opinion**
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Book: Quillon’s Covert
Author: Louis Stevens and Joseph Lance Tonlet
Publisher: Create Space
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