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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Jack and the Magical Beanstalk #bookreview #gayromlit #adultfiction #mustread

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Welcome to BRB, everyone! This week I've got a couple of book reviews to share, and this is the first.

Jack and the Magical Beanstalk
by Pablo Michaels

In this adult fairy tale young, awkward, young Jack sells their prize cow Pearly White for magical beans to a strange man in a red bikini. Little does Jack’s mother, Lorene, know that the beans grow into a giant, magical beanstalk, high above the clouds? 
Jack ascends the beanstalk to a land where a Giant Slave serves his larger Master, Jack begs Slave for food to satisfy his hunger from his long journey. But Jack finds Master hoarding treasures. 
Attempting to escape the wrath of Master and Slave with the treasures, Jack encounters a handsome, engaging normal sized human man. Sam lives with others that live naturally without clothing deep in the forest. As Jack ages he becomes a handsome man, just like his father, attracting many men, including the two farmhands, Zeke and Adam. 
Even though Jack has enabled the farm to prosper with the treasures he stole from Master and is met with increasing danger, he climbs the magical beanstalk again and again to find more treasures and pursue Sam. 

Jack and the Magical Beanstalk by Pablo Michaels is a short story loosely based on the English fairy tale but written, of course, with a gay romantic twist. The forty-nine pages took me less than an hour to consume and consume I did with sincere pleasure. In my opinion, this story is the author’s best written to date. Colourfully descriptive, however not overdone, Mr. Michaels’s characters are endearing and at times humourous, which adds a sense of play to an otherwise somewhat frightening old tale. 
Jack’s father, Bill, is a handsome, strapping man who woos his mother Lorene after meeting her at the country fair. Two years later Jack is born, and at the age of five lightning kills his father during a storm. Which unfortunately leaves him and his mother financially destitute. The main character Jack gradually becomes a gangly awkward teen, but then transforms into this very handsome man with a heart of gold. Only concerned for his mother’s welfare and the fate of the family farm, he takes several trips up the beanstalk to return with various fortunes. Eventually, he hires a pair of farmhands and buys back the family cow Pearly White. During one of his excursions into the clouds, he happens to cross paths with another man, a naked and attractive man. Almost immediately, he feels drawn to the stranger, heart, body, and soul. In time, they become acquainted, and Jack falls in love.

If you’re a fairy tale buff as I am and or into gay romance, I think you’ll find Jack and the Magical Beanstalk a fun read.

Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne

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