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Remastering Jerna (Remastering Jerna #1)

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In a world not unlike our own, Jerna Setiq has a perfect life, a beloved wife and two adored children, with his past desires and needs firmly put behind him. But when he's falsely accused of child abuse and imprisoned, he's cast into hell, with no apparent means of redemption, or regaining all that he's lost.

In the most unlikely of places, in the most unpromising of circum
Paperback, 280 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by P.D. Publishing, Inc. (first published 2009)
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Emanuela ~plastic duck~
May 31, 2011 Emanuela ~plastic duck~ rated it it was amazing
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This book is amazing. It made me feel so raw. The thought of an innocent man imprisoned and tortured and offended and stripped of his basic rights and all his dignity is something that makes me nauseous. The extreme shallowness of the accuser, the "righteous" attitude of the bigoted witness, the empty sympathy of a best friend who won't stand up for him made Jerna's fate almost impossible to bear.

To be able to survive his imprisonment, Jerna sets a concrete goal to achieve and he reaches to his
Feb 22, 2013 Vivian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grrr...I want to rate this book a 5, but I have issues with Jerna's character. The story is great; more complex than you'd expect with layers played through various characters who transect Jerna's life.

Part of me wants to wrap naive people in cotton batting and hide them from the world and other part wants to smack them upside the head and say, "Snap out of it!" And yes, the degree of patience lessens as the relative age of an individual increases. Maybe it's because I have chronic mistrust, bu
Emma Sea
Aug 08, 2012 Emma Sea rated it it was amazing
9 Aug 2012: Someone in the UK read Remastering Jerna and took away from it not a touching and chilling lesson in the nature of consent, but rather a great idea to improve company profits.

A roofing company in Wales is bussing in prisoners to work in their call centers, and paying them 6% of the mimimum wage (replacing full-wage employees in the process).
From another review:

No one can read this book without becoming emotionally involved with the characters.

No. Sorry, but no. I ended up asking myself how anyone could be (emotionally) involved in the characters, but first things first...

I probably should state that I've owned this book for months, and pushed it away, because I had this inkling I wouldn't at all like it. BDSM books often are a problem for me, because I'm in the lifestyle myself and I have strict opinions about consent. But that w
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
I began this book at 9pm last night and I clicked my last click at 4:48am and what was in between I will carry with me for the rest of my life. What an amazing tale of honor, perseverance, and sacrifice. What should come off as harsh and gritty and base here just doesn't in spite of the content. Jerna is capable of amazing love - and he felt absolutely real. In some stories the characters are larger than life - not so here. He faltered, he wept, he did not know if he could go on but he did go on ...more
J.P. Barnaby
Aug 14, 2011 J.P. Barnaby rated it it was amazing
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Feb 06, 2012 Raji rated it it was amazing
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Ann Somerville has done such a beautiful job sketching the entire world of Jerna and the surrounding characters. Jerna was a wonderfully fresh character – you get irritated and exasperated that he is hell-bent on being so moral about everything even when it is his life at stake. I am not very happy about this – one of the reasons why is because Hindu Mythology is filled with characters who sell their wife or sacrifice their son or
Michael Joseph
Dec 17, 2011 Michael Joseph rated it it was amazing
Remastering Jerna is a really dark tale of suffering and redemption. In it, the author has created an alternate world not unlike our own, but with significant small differences. She spends many pages drawing this world and the main characters in rich detail, making everything three dimensional and very real in a very readable style that gradually draws you in.

The title character, Jerna, is teacher in a temple school with a wife and two daughters. While he loves his wife and children, Jerna harbo
Apr 25, 2016 Juli rated it it was amazing
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❂ Endless
Sep 18, 2011 ❂ Endless rated it it was amazing
A beautifully crafted heart-wrenching romance that is unique in many different ways. It's been an emotional roller-coaster and I loved every second of it. I don't cry easily while reading books but found myself in tears often. And the parts where i cried for Jerna at the injustice, i hated what he was subjected to. But the author meant it to be so. Everything expressed in this book felt really genuine and that's what makes it phenomenal! The world building could be a bit better and the ending wa ...more
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Well, selecting the better cover of the 2 versions was not a tough job this time.:p

Edit: maybe I was wrong about that. That other cover sorts of grows on you a little and this one really is too barbie dollish. Hmm.
Aug 27, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now that is one amazing novel. It's not always a nice read and it's very dark and nasty in places but my god. What a book!
Ann Somerville is quickly becoming one of my fav Aussie M/M, LGBT authors. I think I've read about 11 of her books over the last 8 weeks and most of those were her older work. It began with 2 M/M High Fantasy series but Remastering Jerna, is a completely different kettle of fish. I'd classify this series as YA/NA & UF because it's set in a fictional world that re
Aug 14, 2011 Spynonu rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book was so much more than what I was expecting.

Remastering Jerna starts out somewhat slow as it sets the story in place but once it gets rolling it rips your heart out and puts it back together numerous times.

Falsely accused of child perversion by his former masters current (underage and illegal) lover, Jerna, is sentenced to serve time in prison. He works a series of jobs within the cruel prison system - his status as a pedophile making him a mark for vicious treatment.

Running out o
Elisa Rolle
Someone could wonder if Remastering Jerna is a romance, and truth be told the publisher doesn't list it as one. When I started it, even I had my doubts, the story of Jerna seemed without hope, harsh and without pity, and love had a very little role. At least the passionate love, since, on the other hand, Jerna loves very much his family, a wife and two daughters, but I saw little passion in it. So for a good share of the book, I remained with my question: if and when I would have found the "roma ...more
Jerna's a stupid name. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.
also, new cover is like white-washing. I guess I changed my mind on that. But then, I think it's cuz the old one led me to believe this would be Indian-flavored, and the new one is just another bland ignorable white guy cover *shrug*

Tolomi's name seems to be an interesting nod to "Ptolemy" ("warlike" or "son of war," interestingly enough).

But I'm kind of disappointed. I mean, it was going so well - it was very articula
Kat at Book Thingo
If, like me, you’re frustrated by the lack emotional depth in many BDSM romances, I’d strongly recommend Remastering Jerna. Forget about any ick factors—if this book doesn’t help you see past those, I’m not sure anything will.

The book starts a little shakily as Somerville sets up the protagonist, Jerna Setiq, a devoted husband, teacher and father of two, whose contented life is decimated when he’s falsely convicted of child perversion. Once the stage is set for Jerna’s emotional journey, however
Jan 28, 2013 Yblees rated it really liked it
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NOTE: Cover art is by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, titled Academic Study From Life. (shame the publisher didn't bother to acknowledge that online.)

This book made me cry so hard. I think the last time I cried this much over a book was with the ending of Jodi Picoult's Brokeback Mountain short story. But that was just the last few pages. With this, it was almost right from the beginning, and then right through until almost to the end of a fairly significant page count.
I loved it.

But the ending rath
Mar 25, 2011 Lola rated it really liked it
So the story is set in another reality, maybe in the future, more like another reality though. This whole book is very detailed on the concept of BDSM. It is actually through this book that I viewed BDSM not as a bad thing, but a different choice. I always though BDSM people were kid of crazy, but this book helped me move on from my prejudice. BDSM is as much about trust and love as about the sexuality of foreplay.

Anyhow, while I do admit I skipped many a pages before introduction of Tolomy, I w
Oct 15, 2010 Carolyn88 rated it it was amazing
This book was not the typical BDSM or M&M Romance book. Jerna is a man who finds himself and a difficutl situation. The first half of the books and maybe more is about him getting through all of this. At first I wondered if there would even be any sex in this book. It really didn't bother me because the story was so good. You do start having some hot sex scenes. but they are not that important in the book. You are more concerned about the development of all the characters. Ann does a wonderf ...more
Enjoyed reading about the trials and tribulations of Jerna, bit like the 'Book of Job'. I don't think we get a description of Jerna, in fact you get the impression he's quite old at first. Later we figure out he's about 28 at the start and a pretty hot guy! Love the new cover, better than the older one. Not sure of Jerna's motivations sometimes but still a damned good read.

"You're dangerous too, Jerna. I've never met a submissive who topped like you... Dominating you is like riding a whale's bac
Oct 13, 2010 Nene rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, fantasy, bdsm, slave
Amazing story! It took me a while to get into it, to be honest, but man, once I did I just couldn't put it down. Jerna is an amazing character who made me open my eyes to a lot of things. Without giving away spoilers, I'll just say that there's a scene in the middle that had me completely sobbing my eyes out. I was that emotionally invested in this character!
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Holy F this is a great deal.

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Margo - this job thing really screws up my ability to read/review
Summary – 3.5 stars
Remastering Jerna by Ann Somerville is the bi-sexual, BDSM Book of Job. There is a lot of angst and some sections are quite depressing. Other sections feature serious fetish content and rape. It's a hell of a combination, but a recommended read for those who can stomach the harder sections. The author has written an amazing book which is only held back by the overly pious hero. At $4 for 297 pages, it's a bargain.

Fantasy World
This story takes place in a futuristic, dystopian s
Adrian Fridge
I'm not sure whether this qualifies as Romance since the "official" romantic arc only kicks in within the last quarter of the novel. However, I love how open relationships are welcome in the story. In the opening, we learn Jerna has a vanilla romantic relationship with his wife. He used to have a BDSM Master/slave relationship with a man, and he could have had both if the master wasn't possessive/monogamous. Later, when Jerna finds a new master who's willing to share, his wife is highly supporti ...more
Sep 17, 2013 Tere rated it really liked it
I read this originally this book years ago, when they still were available online for reading. That time this left my with such a lasting impression, that now, many, many years after I came back to it to give it a second, much more serious read, just to confirm what a great book is.

I won't refer to the plot because it has been done previously, close much appropriately. But, besides from the plot, the characters are another really high point in the story.

One of the first (though kinda silly) th
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This book had sat on my TBR shelf for a very long time before I actually read it.
Its the story of Jerna, a teacher who is accused of molesting a teenager and sent to prison. There he suffers abuse and is given the opportunity to get out of prison and to work in a whore house. He takes this chance.
There life is better. He is working to pay his tariff quicker and eventually meets Ria.
However, Jerna was married to a woman and he wants to get back to her and when his sentence is squashed he says goo
Bree Cheese
This is a wonderfully epic story about a man wrongly accused and sent to prison (in an alternate world setting), where he must pay off his debt to be free. During his incarceration his 'urges' which he thought were long buried, resurface and he's forced to choose between his long denied passions and his duty. This book was more then I was expecting, beautiful, tragic and erotic - it is a story of determination and moral perseverance in the face of losing everything. I really appreciated that the ...more
Page Crusherz
Apr 15, 2012 Page Crusherz rated it really liked it
I'm a little conflicted. I mostly enjoyed it, but it was pretty dark. I didn't feel like I "got" Jerna the way I wanted to, and I definitely wanted to know more about Ria. Jerna comes off a little too good and forgiving...and Ria, I know there was more to him. The plot was engaging, the setting was vivid, and I thought the BDSM part was handled interestingly. I don't know if I can totally forgive Ria, but maybe with relation to the setting I can, since that life was all he knew. I am glad I read ...more
May 28, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
This book had an interesting plot and well-realized characters. It was also very well-written, and in addition to issues related to BDSM and romance it raised questions about society's role in punishing. Overall, I enjoyed it very much. I'd give it 4 1/2 rather than 5 stars, however, for two reasons. First, I felt that Jerna was just a little *too* noble. Second, he went from fearing another man to loving him too quickly, in my opinion. However, those are small matters and I'd highly recommend t ...more
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Ann Somerville grew up in one of Australia’s prettiest small cities. In 1989, she left Australia with a BA and a burning ambition to see more of the world and its people, and to discover this ‘culture’ thing people kept telling her about. In 2006, she returned home to Southeast Queensland with two more degrees (this time in science and IT), an English husband and a staggering case of homesickness, ...more
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