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A Forbidden Rumspringa

(Gay Amish Romance #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  2,987 ratings  ·  609 reviews
When two young Amish men find love, will they risk losing everything?

In a world where every detail of life—down to the width of a hat brim—is dictated by God and the all-powerful rules of the community, two men dare to imagine a different way. At 18, Isaac Byler knows little outside the strict Amish settlement of Zebulon, Minnesota, where there is no rumspringa for explora
ebook, 231 pages
Published September 3rd 2014 by KA Books (first published August 31st 2014)
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Heidi Cullinan
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Scroll through my Twitter feed Friday evening from about 5 until 9 on September 5, and you will see me freaking the fuck out over a book. This is the book.

I've been seeing this book around, and I gotta tell you, I was saying no. Because I could think of eight million ways this setup could go horribly, terribly wrong. Having grown up in a family full of pastors and living near two different Amish communities in my life, one the Amish/Mennonite megahub that is Kalona, Iowa, I know Amish, well, and
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Heart-rending, poignant, and unbearably moving, A Forbidden Rumspringa is without a doubt one of the best books of the year.

Raw, real, intense, this is a story of a forbidden affair, a Rumspringa of the heart, a sexual awakening of the deepest kind.
As he collapsed with David on top of him, still buried in him, pressing little kisses to his neck and murmuring tender words of praise and love, Isaac didn't care.

Let it be like this.

Religion oppresses, but growing up “plain,” conservati
Sep 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
3.5 stars. Review completed September 15, 2014

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First things first. I’ll admit I had my little epiphany after the 15 % mark. Rumspringa sounds similar to our Swiss German umeschpringä and after Googling a bit I know it is also spelled rumschpringe. Now that does sound like Swiss German too because Switzerland knows plenty of different dialects. (view spoiler)
Audiobook - 4 stars

Story 3.5 stars

Not what I expected and ended up enjoying it more.

My take is this is what happens when two boys discover what their hands and dicks can do, orgasms, ass, lips, prostate etc. Isaac and David did use what God gave them for betterment of their sex lives.


Yapp, they fucked like bunnies.


I liked that the religion stuff was not extreme. I ended up enjoying it.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**Kindle Freebie 9/17/20!**

I swear, one day I WILL read this book.

Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing

4.5 stars

Well shit. This book was like looking in a mirror.

...except of course I'm a single, heterosexual, Asian woman living the life of awholelottasin...and Isaac & David are...not.

Other than that...

Ok, so you don't really need to know my whole life's history. But in a nutshell, I grew up in a REALLY crazy Christian background (two words: "Jesus Camp") and how I ended up being where I am today is a long, sordid tale. Let's just say that I related almost uncomfortably with the struggles of
Eli Easton
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while, a writer reads a book and thinks "Damn it! I wish I'd written that." In case it's not clear, that's a high compliment. :-) This is one of those books.

I live in Lancaster County, PA, (Amish country) and this past spring wrote a murder mystery/romance set among the Amish that's currently making the publisher rounds. So I was anxious to read this book.

In a word: it's very well done! I love that both of the MCs are Amish and the setting and their personalities felt very real t
Dec 13, 2014 marked it as dnr-dnf-not-4-me
Recommended to Gigi by: Eva
OK, I have given this review some thought and this is how I've decided to handle it:

I am a great fan of Keira Andrews and I thought she did a fantastic job with this book, like she does with all her books. If I had known the true content of the book before reading it, I would NOT have read it, because I found the subject matter so off-putting. Therefore, I will not be rating this one.

I cannot adequately express just how much I absolutely loathe anything to do with organized religion. I mean
5 Heartbreaking Eechel stars

Heading into this story, I didn't really know what I was in for. And I'm so very glad I've read it.

A forbidden romance... *sigh*

For me this story was believable, heartbreakingly raw, honest and filled with love. David and Isaac are two characters who will stay with me... *sigh*

David and Issac were so beautiful and intense together

“I’ve dreamed about this. Having you here. Properly, I mean.” He pressed a kiss to Isaac’s throat, then unhooked his shirt, punctua
Written September 28, 2014

4 1/2 Stars - Wonderfully touching and beautifully tender. A love-story in my taste.

This Amish M/M topic felt irresistible interesting. I saw an update about this new book a couple of weeks ago and couldn't resist the temptation. I did as I usually do, I clicked and downloaded.
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I kind of fell head over heels for this amazing story from the first page. A partially very quiet and low-key novel with all emotions tr
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing

BR with friends on 8 december!

What a fantastic book!

A Forbidden Rumspringa is real, intense, this is a story of a forbidden affair, a “Rumspringa” of the heart, a sexual awakening so moving, so heart-rending both the writing and storytelling were fantastic!

Keira Andrews brings us into the heart of the Amish, a super conservative religious sector within the Amish community that rigid by the bishop lifestyle where everyone is under constant surveillance and believes in zero contact with the “eng
Lisa Henry
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
For some reason I thought I wouldn't like this book.

For some reason I bought it anyway.

This book gave me real human feelz. I'll try not to hold that against it.

It is, ultimately, a sweet story about two young men who fall in love, with the added complication that they live in a very strict Amish community. I loved the attention to detail here, BTW. I don't know much about the Amish, and I feel like I actually learned something from this.

As much as I wanted these guys to get their HEA... a pa
Nick Pageant
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Nick by: Cat
Shelves: m-m
You can read a wonderful review here. ...more
The Bursting Bookshelf of a Wallflower
Story: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
MCs: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Cover: ⭐⭐⭐

With Keira Andrews being the author of one of my all-time favorite M/M romance books (Semper Fi), I decided to give A Forbidden Rumspringa a try despite the fact that is focusing on organized religion - a topic that I am not usually going for.

---The Blurb---
Growing up in the strictly religious community of Swartzentruber Amish in Zebulon in which things such as mirrors, in-house bathrooms, zippers, computers and feelings such as pride and homosexual love are f

BR, June 25th with Paul, Nathan and Julie (re-re-read for Julie, Nathan and myself)

BR, January 31st with Marco, Momo, Marte and Julie... (re-read for Julie and Myself)

Sequel, February 3rd

Again... 5 utterly deserved stars!!!!


Maybe I'll add in my review tomo. I don't have words now. I'm sobbing again!!! So beautiful....


BR, Friday September 19th with Susan, Penumbra, Kaylor and Julie

This is a difficult rev
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Martin by: Marte - Thunderella
Finally another book I can put in this year's top ten list of favorite reads.

'A Forbidden Rumspringa' surprised me with bone breaking realism, a young and strong character who questions his world and a love interest who is so determined to do the right thing and stand by his family that he almost loses himself.

Isaac is an 18-year-old Amish boy who doesn't really get the attraction behind courting girls and driving them home after a Sunday singing. In his Amish community, young men end their scho
* A Reader Obsessed *
4.5 Stars

This is what I would have wanted to know before going into this series.

1. Is this really religious?
The Amish community depicted here is extremely strict in all that they do. There are rules upon rules upon rules, governing pretty much every aspect of their lives. As one would guess, this religion looks at the modern world with disdain and at homosexuality as a grave and serious sin.

2. How angsty is this story?
Pretty darn angsty.
I would say my anxiety levels were moderate and they
Simply wonderful.

I was so worried this would be overly angsty for no other reason than it would be easy to do so.

But, no.

No, this was about Issac's journey to finding his own happiness. Taking his own rumspringa, regardless of the strict rules that govern his life.

When Issac is first assigned to be an apprentice for David he knew it was a bad idea. He knew being around David would worsen his already sinful thoughts about the other boy. As they continued to work together, Issac realized that his
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Debra by: Heidi Cullinan
A Forbidden Rumspringa is a beautiful story of love, family and faith. It was not preachy, it did not paint the Amish in a bad light and it pulled me right into the strict, insular community where David and Isaac live.

I loved the portrayal of both men, old enough to remember what it was like in their former community, which was slightly less restrictive about dealing with the English (non-Amish) and allowed the young a rumspringa to explore life outside the community before they decided to join
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well, this book is absolutely fantastic!How Isaac and David develop their forbidden relationship is magical. The awareness of feelings that shouldn't exist in their world, the discovery of what sex should meant to them, and how hot that sex could be, brought those two young Amish boys to together! And they surely fit well!!!

This was my first Amish book, and though I had an idea of how reclusive this community is, I never imagined how much. In our age, it's really difficult to see a world where p
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was so beautiful!
Absolutely perfect.

I read about Gay-love in the Amish community before, but this book was better, in the way that it really let you into the heart of the religion, the believes, the day-to-day life, the way they look/dress, and why...
It was truly a learning experience, and I was amazed to see how VERY similar the Amish are to the extreme religious Jews (after googling a bit, I even learned that they share the same genetic illnesses due to the same way of living. Amazing!)

3,5 stars rounded to 3

I see everybody loved this book and I can totally understand why. Unfortunately it didn't really work for me. I enjoyed parts of it and it kept me entertained, BUT I was just too busy being heartbroken for Isaac and David... Well maybe Gay Amish Romance isn't for me. Not sure I'll continue this series. Maybe after a while.

There are some great reviews here and I don't want to spoil it for others. If this kind of stories work for you, then you should give it a try. The writi
I have no words for how much I loved this book. I don't think I can adequately describe my reading experience or how these characters touched my heart. I think you just need to read it and discover it for yourself. ...more
Kaje Harper
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, m-m
This books is infused with the details of life in a very restrictive Amish community, one which has drawn back from the modern world to the point where the young people are given no permissive Rumspringa. In this group, adolescence does not include any chance to sample the allure of the "English" world of luxuries and technology and decadence and risk, before committing to home and church. A tragedy back home was the trigger for these folk to draw away from their more permissive origins into a r ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
*4,5 stars*

This was sitting on my tbr shelf for quite while, because I wasn't sure about its theme and whether I would like it. I really take my hat off to Keira Andrews. I got sucked into David and Isaac's story on page one and spit out at the end, rushing to get book 2. What an amazing book!

To be frank, the severe and strict rules of Zebulon did shock me, and from my very 'English' POV there were a lot of things extremely hard to understand. How can it be wrong to hug a child? How can it be wr
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Whoaaa. Hold up!
Please deposit all presumptions here and personal baggage goes over here and….
Wouldn't it be nice to ‘turn yourself off’ sometimes? No matter how open-minded you might be, you inevitably bring things along with you. You can’t help but carry a load of opinions, experiences and emotions wherever you go.
It makes you ‘who’ you are.
Well, for me, I have Amish neighbors and friends and they are vastly different than the Amish community portrayed here.
I know this dampened my enjoymen
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shocking! For me this book was.... something else.

Before starting it, I confess, I didn't really know anything about the Amish traditions and culture. Everything I read was new to me . After reading some chapters, I googled Amish, and tried to learn everything about them. It was really shocking. OMG! These things are real. I can't believe such people exist. I don't want to judge anyone, but their conservativeness is so archaic. They risk their lives daily so they can remain true to their belief
Sep 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
BR with Julie, Elsbeth, Penumbra and Kaylor

Let me start off with saying this is a really good book! The writing was excellent and I have a feeling it was very authentic. I can absolutely understand why everyone loved it.

I loved Isaac and David. They were so sweet together. And I admired the way they always tried to take care of their families, and how they were trying to be really good Amish men.

I really liked the tenderness, the touches, the sweet kisses.


The sex was off the chart hot! I was won
Feb 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Ami by: Lelyana's Reviews
This book "won" the Internet last year and it received so many glowing reviews (including an enthusiastic reaction from Heidi Cullinan). I was reluctant to read it since I wasn't really sure how I would react to the Amish part of the story. The thing is, when it comes to religion in my romance, especially in MM romance, I usually either feel 1) uncomfortable or 2) ragey. So I'm happy to stay away. Until this book was chosen as Book of the Month by my Indonesian M/M readers group. So I had to ...more
4.5 Stars
Non Spoiler:Review for full series

It's been a couple of weeks since I've read this, so this isn't going to be very thorough. Plenty of reviews for this series.

I'll just say I was genuinely surprised by it and have had this series on the back burner for a while unwilling to purchase it. It's now on Kindle Unlimited and I believe the first book is still free on Amazon.

If you're deterred by the religious aspect: Don't be. This reads like the story of two men who experience culture shoc
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