Review: The Bible Boys, by Dan Skinner

The Blurb:

A Sin. An Abomination. Teenagers Caleb and Matthew had been told by the radical fundamentalist church that dominated their families’ lives that a love like theirs—between two boys—was unnatural and forbidden. That it would damn them forever. The religion controlled their families like puppets, watched their every move, made keeping a secret almost impossible. They had only one chance to be together…and it would be a daring one right under the noses of the very people who would condemn them…

The Stats:

Published:   July 17, 2014
Publisher:    Cerberus Inc
Genre:          Historical (1960s), M/M Romance
Length:         125 e-book pages
POV:              3rd Person
Type:             Stand-Alone
Dates I read this:    October 8-10, 2015
Edition I read:         Kindle
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The Review:

5StarThe beauty of books is that they give us a framework to imagine another way of life and to walk, for a little while, in a different pair of shoes. Even shoes that aren’t so comfortable.

I love Dan’s writing more and more with every book of his I read.

Thanks to Dan’s skill as a storyteller, I was able to put on some extraordinarily uncomfortable shoes and imagine life in a different era and in such a strict household and church, and in a school where I didn’t, and couldn’t, fit in no matter how hard I tried.

This was both painful and powerful. It made my heart hurt but it also gave me hope.

It was also a beautiful and timeless coming of age story of accepting one’s true self, embracing those differences, breaking out of the molds set by the the world around us, questioning authority, and the blossoming of first love.

I wasn’t ready for the book to end. I wanted the next chapters where Matthew and Caleb took their next steps together and the promise that theirs was a Happily Ever After.

I’m a greedy reader…I didn’t want to put my imagination to work to come up with that HEA on my own.


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