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Kieran Quinn is a bit telepathic, a little psychokinetic, and very gay—three things that have gotten him through life perfectly well so far—but when self-styled prophet Wyatt Jackson arrives during Pride Week, things take a violent turn.

Kieran’s powers are somewhat underwhelming but do have a habit of refracting light into spectacular rainbows for him to hide behind. Even
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Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Bold Strokes Books (first published October 13th 2013)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**4.5 stars**

This book should be way, way more popular. It deserves a cult following, honestly. And ignore that cover... it makes the book seem too mature. It is really fresher and lighter than that. This book is the whole package- edited well, a great story, and really, really funny.

I read a lot of paranormals and they often can feel tired or cheesy. This was paranormal romance done right. In fact, it reminded me a bit of "PsyCop" (<---- huge complement!) in terms of the world-building and t
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Julio Genao
a mixed bag. which is also on fire.

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some good scenes, with tenderness and humor and pathos—but they were overshadowed, for me, by a tendency to blunder into irritating imbalance.

in other words, i liked parts of it, but then i always got annoyed.

little problems with the prose—suggestions of slut-shaming, various unnecessary details—combined with a truly unflattering characterization of the MC as a vapidly judgmental twat who couldn't think his way out of a wet paper bag.

the plot was clumsy, and th
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Lilia Ford
A gay massage-therapist-turned-superhero named Rainbow Man uses his technicolor mindrays to save Ottawa Pride from evil Telekinetic Westboro Baptist types with the help of drag queens and leather daddies!

It sounds like the campiest of all campflagrations, something John Waters dreamt up after dropping acid. But Light ended up nothing like that: it's a sweet, low-key, often hilarious tale of Pride Week that most of the time felt far more like a contemporary than a superhero story thanks to its t
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Natasha
Oct 31, 2013 rated it liked it
3.25 stars!

!SPOILERS!

Okay. This one is tricky to rate because some elements in it are fantastic, and others are a little silly.

SCORE BOARD:
in true Kieran fashion

+ 5 points: amazing characters. amazing. their personalities shone through brighter than any discoball in the sky
+ 3 points: hilarious. witty, unique, hilarious main characters
+ 3 points: unique world building. it's like x-men. *ponders* yes, it's essentially x-men
+ 5 points: BIG HOT LEATHER FRENCH-CANADIAN DADDY? yes fucking please.
+ 3
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MLE
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, mm, kindle-archive
I received a copy of this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this story. The plot was engaging, and I appreciated that there wasn't a love triangle. I loved the tone, and mood of the story. The writing style was nice, and fit the mood of the story really well.

The characters were well drawn, and interesting. I liked that Kieran never felt too dark, or angsty. It made for a refreshing change from many stories of this genre. It was nice seeing that Ki
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Lena♥Ribka

It was an enjoyable, light and funny read. Not something that will stay with you for a long time, but charming and delightful enough to keep your attention throughout the story or to satisfy a critical reader.


I probably would have liked it more if I had read it in one sitting, without interruptions, and probably even much more if I'd considered myself a paranormal genre-lover.


If you're a paranormal fan and looking for something easy and funny, if you like pets in your books and have nothing aga
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Nathan Sims
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Nathan Burgoine Ruined My Weekend

So Saturdays and Sundays are kind of sacred to me. My workweek is filled with high demands and equally high expectations. It’s enough to make me cast a grateful prayer to the heavens and beat a fast retreat home when Friday night rolls around.

Weekends are a time with my partner and taking our dogs on long walks to make up for the short ones we cram in during the week. They’re time with friends. They’re time to use my bike for something other than commuting back
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BWT (Belen)
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Massage therapist Kieran Quinn has hidden his telepathic and psychokinetic gifts since he was ten years old, but when a madman begins threatening the safety of Ottawa's Pride Week attendees, he puts his anonymity into jeopardy to help his fellow LGBT* brethren, at great cost to himself. Luckily though he gets to meet the love of his life along the way.

telekinesis

Funny, entertaining, with some interesting world building...I'm really glad I picked this up. I enjoyed the action moments, and the romance (even
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Experiment BL626
This book was fun! It’s the second time in a row I used that word in a review, and it’s the second time in a row it’s for a book from a publisher (Bold Strokes Books) I have poor luck with! I want to say “used to have poor luck with” here but let’s not jinx it.

+ the hero

The hero was both a big negative and a big positive. Kieran was a big negative because he acted recklessly a handful of times, and I had half a mind to label him TSTL. He deliberately put himself in danger with little preparation
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JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm, bosl, ebook

4.5 stars Review written for The Blog of Sid Love

What a refreshing read. This was a fabulous paranormal story that takes place in Canada during Pride week. Kieran is a really funny young gay masseuse who takes a week of vacation to enjoy all that Pride week has to offer.

Kieran is also Telekinetic with a side of Telepathy. He has grown up with it but mostly practices his skills with the help of his cat, Easter, by moving his toys around the room to play with him. Every time he uses his Telekineti
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Ilhem
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, prn, fun
3,5 stars

Review here


or here
http://ilhem.booklikes.com/post/72648...
Nathan Burgoine
May 19, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-writing, glbt
Edit: This weekend until June 10, 11:59pm EDT, to celebrate the release of Of Echoes Born, Bold Strokes Books has Light, Three, Triad Blood, and Triad Soul at 30% off at the E-Store (click each title to go to the Bold Strokes Books web-store).
Hey folks! It's me, the author, being all authory.

I never thought I'd write a novel. Seriously, I'm a short story man, through and through, and a lover of the novella format, and there was no way I was going to write a novel. Ever. Especially not while wo
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Paul
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
What a seriously awesome read, I'd definitely classify Light by Nathan Burgoine as one of the best UF/Paranormal books I've read this year, pushing it very easily into my top 5 of both genre's.

The mix of other genre's feature highly too and contribute greatly to what makes this book pop.. You know the saying don't judge a book by it's cover, well some people still do, even though it's subconscious, I don't think this cover helps aid this book in its cause even though I don't mind it, it just fe
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Meep
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Meep by: Lena♥Ribka
Light, colourful story set in Pride week. The main character makes pretty rainbows appear! It's an enjoyable read (though there's one hell of a price for the ebook!), interesting and witty; but it did feel under-developed in some areas. The book just missed being fantastic.

Some great characters yet it threatened to become the Keiran and Karen show with others often underused. The love interest Sebastien sounded hot and was appealing, but their romance was practically an afterthought. I mean why
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Kimberly [Come Hither Books]
An enjoyable, light superhero story that was a lot of fun to read. With an openly gay and proud main character and events taking place over the course of Pride Week, it will find a welcome home with readers looking for LGBT characters, especially in science fiction and fantasy.

Characters are well-developed and multi-layered, and it's easy to root for them to find happiness. The romance isn't the driving force of the book, but it's a strong and satisfying element in the mix of good vs. evil, char
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Laurali
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm making it my mission to get this book into as many hands as I can.

This is such a wonderful story! I loved reading it. (It certainly made waiting in the airport bearable.) I quickly grew fond of Kieran and his sense of humor. His inner monolog is fabulous...and I love his reaction to events.

When I finished reading this, my first thought was, "I hope Burgoine writes another novel about these two, because I want to see them again." I defy anyone to not enjoy meeting these characters, especially
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Cindi
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Full review can be found at On Top Down Under Book Reviews.

What a fun book. Telekinesis, drag queens, a leather guy, a cute cat, a very friendly dog, a funny best friend and two very lovable main characters. Throw in Gay Pride Week, a psychotic preacher and his misguided followers and you can't go wrong with this book. The characters are a blast. The story is very entertaining from the very first page. I laughed quite a bit. I cringed once or twice. In the end, I was very glad I read t
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Elspeth
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, mmr, urban-fantasy
Loved!
Karen
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-mm
"Well Holy Cow Batman, did you see that?"
"Why no Robin, I didn't I was blinded by the Light!"
Sorry, just had to get that out of my system. This book was a total surprise. I really had no idea what to expect. It was recommended to me by the lovely Heather. Thanks Heather.

It was fun, I adored characters especially Kieran and Easter, Sebastien and Pilot and of course Karen. I loved that it was set in Ottawa, Canada's capital. Having been there several times just helped to make this story more vivid
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Tess
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So, this was completely different!! Part paranormal, part superhero story and part romance with sexy french-canadian leather man. I thought it was a fun and entertaining story. Also, since there seem to be so few romances set in Canada, I really appreciated the fact it was set in Ottawa. Brief synopsis: dangerous, antigay, evangelical pastor starts protesting Pride Week and the hero, a psychokinetic massage therapist, appears to be the only one who can save the day.

Lala
The cover doesn't match this story at all. It's actually a funny and light read, with a likable MC, some suspense and intriguing psychic stuff thrown in.

I would gladly read a sequel of this.
Eugenia
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly fun!! Nathan Burgoine can seriously throw down a great tale. I read this in one sitting. It was entertaining, funny, creative and full of wonder.

Don't be fooled by the cover, this story is anything but dark. Yes, there's a villain, and people get hurt, but it's very lighthearted aside from the hate spewing religious crazies in the book (villains).

Loved it. Wish this series could somehow continue, but this standalone was divine all on its own!
Ije the Devourer of Books
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
'1 Corinthians 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal'.

'“The other sound, Stigmatic Jack, was a cacophony that seemed to be coming from farther downtown."


I really liked this story and this surprised me.

I usually avoid stories with mad or bad religious leaders because I think they get far too much air time in gay literature and in real life, but I really enjoyed this story. The main character was just so endearing and
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Rebekah Weatherspoon
4-4.5 Stars. Goodreads really should look into half stars. This book was so much fun. I mean it. Fun x40andahalf. Kieran is a massage therapist by day and accidental super hero... by day and night when he uses is telekinetic powers to save the LGBT citizen of Ottawa from a villain with similar capabilities.

This is Burgione's first full length novel. I've inhaled this book in one day. I haven't done that in a while. The pacing is excellent. The plot is excellent. I mean a gay guy uses his powers
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Amy
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's Gay Pride week in Ottawa, Canada, and Kieran Quinn has arranged his vacation accordingly so he can attend as many events as possible. It's a good thing, too, because his psychokinetic powers are suddenly very much required. Stigmatic Jack, a preacher, and his followers have shown up to protest - no big surprise to the gay community - but the unexpected carnage is definitely new. Psychic as well as psychokinetic, Kieran hears the chilling voice commanding the horrible, psychokinetic acts of ...more
Lisazj1
4.5 stars, and I absolutely loved this! There's not a thing I can tell you without spoiling, but it's so worth the time to find out what happens. The characters were fun and had great personality and I was tremendously entertained, as well as being interested in the ...uummm...."mystery" of what was happening during Ottawa's Pride Week .

If I were to complain about anything, it would be the lack of steam here. There's little to no sex and a good bit of it is off-page but I enjoyed the story enou
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Sarah
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Gay Pride in Canada with a super hero that bends light. This book was fun, cute and sweet without being overly sexual as so many M/M book tend to be these days. The main character,Kieran, is so cute, and I truly enjoyed the secondary cast of characters. This book was well written and edited. It kept me completely entertained.
The book even surprised me with the twist at the end. I love that in a book.

Received reviewer copy from NetGalley.
Silkeeeeeereads
Very imaginative twist on the paranormal. Well, paranormal versus the bigoted fanatics that drive us all crazy. It's really not much of a romance and definitely not a hot kind of story. Strictly a very different way of taking down the bad guys. Enjoyable.
Lily
4.2 stars. Very well written and thoroughly engaging, with some adorable but also thrilling moments. I would not have minded a bit more romantic development, although the rest was great so I can't complain too much...
CariAnne
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I will state at the beginning of my review of LIGHT that I am not a member of the target audience for the book...or the genre. I am a married, middle-aged (straight) woman with two children. That being said: LIGHT has lessons which are appropriate for anyone, anywhere.

Kieran is very human. The way he thinks, feels...screws up...and loves are very honest, very human (as well as charming) characteristics. I found myself chuckling over several things the character said...as well as regarding the ca
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