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Crucial Lessons

(Brothers LaFon #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  503 ratings  ·  148 reviews
Alexander LaFon lives a nightmare, but he deals with it. Deals with the fact that his mother abandoned him as an infant, deals with the fact that his father is never home, and deals with the fact that his older brother, Jeremiah, tortures him.

He dreams of escaping his mobile-home prison and finding a normal life. Of breaking free of his agony, finding a woman to love, beco
Paperback, 78 pages
Published February 28th 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Oh well! that ends my 2018.

This book is disturbingly good!

Miah is a psycho.

Alex is Alex.

Stay away from this, because Kittens! Kittens! poor Kittens.

See you next year! I hope yours ends with a bang read like mine.

Happy new year!!

Jack Pyke
Okay, I've been itching for so long to get this review out, and now I've bugged (and bugged and bugged) the author for his permission...

Where to start? Where the mother-in-all hell to start?

It’s got to be Miah.

I have a list of qualifiers and describers as long as a novel that I can use to describe Miah LaFon: sexual sadist, brutal, aggressive, obsessive, controlling, psychopath... He’s unlovable, untouchable, a cold bastard in so —so- many ways, but the best thing about him? He wouldn’t give a
**** 4.5 Stars ****

It’s no secret that I have a penchant for taboo reads

and as any other read, they don’t always work.
The good news is that Crucial Lessons is a mesh of all elements I look for in a taboo read.
But then, this is Joseph Lance Tonlet, an author that always impresses me. There is something in his writing that fascinates me. It takes me out of my comfort zone, it leaves me squirming and uncomfortable, just the way I like it.

This story is incredibly wrong, in fact, this is sick and d
Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)

Did I just read that? Yep!

Did I like it...and even enjoy it?? Yes and Hell Yes!

Miah & Alexander have so quickly wormed their way into my life. I NEED more of this twisted f*ckeduppedness that JLT can give us.
My question is...how long do we have to wait for the next one?!

This book was rec'd to me because I was in the mood for 'twisted'..it sure as shit delivered! Thanks to those who mentioned this one.

*** Note to Fellow Readers: Please pay attention to ALL the warnings & tag
What a beautifully twisted tale! This story had me on the edge of my seat, gut churning the entire time. This is not a romance, but it is a dark and disturbing story of physical and psychological torture. If you've made it through and "enjoyed" stories like The Flesh Cartel #1: Capture and Antidote you'll probably like this one too, but take the warnings seriously if you are thinking of picking this up.

Opening and closing with the men as 30 year old adults, the majority of the story takes place
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dmc, ebook, mm, shorty, bgirls

A review by The Blogger Girls.

I truly don’t know where to start with this review. I was blown away with the storytelling abilities of Mr. Tonlet in Grif's Toy, and though this story is so very different from that one, the underlying skill is what still strikes me the most.

I guess it can’t be said enough that this story is not for the faint of heart; that the warnings are there for a purpose and should be heeded seriously. With that out of the way, this is the extremely twisted tale of two brothe
Beautifully fucked up.

The kind of book that made me question my moral compass, because holy hell I should not be so damn intrigued by Jeremiah LaFon. He’s a sadistic psychopath with absolutely no fucks to give about anyone else’s opinion. It’s a seriously well done character study into the mind of Miah and his brother Alex. Alex gave the story its balance and a character to root for and empathize with. Growing up as the victimized brother to Miah’s brand of attention would do some hardcore dama
Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog by: Silkeeeeeereads
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--I wrote the following review nearly a month ago. Per the author’s request I held my review until the book's release. As I prepare to post it now, I realize that my reservations on continuing with the series have mellowed. I’m more anxious to get to book 2 than I would have thought. This review reads a bit different from my norm, simply because when I wrote my initial thoughts I was a mess. Head fuck describes this all the way around. But I'll refrain from using that term too much, because
Moony Eliver
This is the first time I’ve given 5 stars to a standalone short story. And I recommend it to no one.

In good conscience, I can't suggest you go into the kind of emotional turmoil that I’ve just been through. I learned that I have what's at least a soft limit, and this one slammed up against it with a couple of instances of (view spoiler). I had to do some breathing techniques and remind myself it was fiction and hope against hope that it would be worth it.

It was.

☆☆☆~Bev's World of Books~☆☆☆
The author's warnings are there for a reason. This is NOT a sweet and fluffy romance read...so if that’s what you’re after, step away from that one-click button and your kindle, do NOT pass go, do NOT collect £200. 5 dark and very disturbing stars from me.

Well Mr Tonlet, what can I say?? It was everything that I was expecting..and more, so much more. Like some of the darkest things I’ve read...maybe on steroids, hehe. I’m not going into the dynamics of the story; it’s covered fairly well in

“I. Don't. Like. You. That's why," hissed Miah.

Damn, this was a brilliant first part of a story, an immensely powerful mindfuck! I don’t even have the words to express how much this book fucked with my head.

I was caught up in Miah’s narration right from the beginning, the psychotic bastard kind of fascinated me. His character is complex and perfectly elaborated. Miah is a sadist, lives are nothing to him… plus he’s a sexual sadist, who gets aroused from inflicting pain and humiliati
Angela Bee Bee
This book was banned from Amazon for content. But you can still get it at Barnes and Noble Brothers LaFon, Part One: Crucial Lessons
Or visit https://josephlancetonlet.wordpress.c...

It’d been the first crack that had actually split his younger brother’s skin, and Miah frequently returned to the fledgling laceration with near hallowed reminiscence.

There are no words to describe the fierce protectiveness a mother feels for her son's penis. We apply petroleum jelly to his circumcision wound with as
Sue bowdley
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really don't know how to start this review,......wow....counts to ten and breathes would be good.....Joseph is definitely in the Dark Reads group and can now join the corner I've put Jack L Pyke,Lynn Kelling and Kol Anderson in....He has good company.....This is quite a brutal story and I really don't know how to say any of this......I read this one in paperback even though I had the kindle version and I'm not sure if that made it better..Felt good holding an actual book.....Now about this boo ...more
True Loveislovereview
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, 2016
Fucking Hell was my first comment.

When you can read behind the tags/labels you will find a incredible good written story.
It will hold you by the throat
Against all knowledge I was waiting for some regret. There has to be some....
Nope, none, nada (of course).
Be aware their are people who are not sane in the head. It's reality.
And the way it was written down in this story my God.....Awesomeness ....... Obeisance JLT !
Bey Deckard
This will get a good, proper review from me soon. However, in the meantime... yeah, what Jack said. ...more
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, that was all kinds of messed up! And I loved every minute of it. Except the animal cruelty. I think I may have just found my first hard limit.

I hope we don't have to wait too long for book #2. I'm dying to see where things go with Miah and Alex :)
This is my first book from JLT. I had no idea if he was a good writer or not. After finishing this, I have to say, he's got the skills. I read the warnings before starting this book. I like dark so I moved forward.

This novella is about two brothers. Miah is a true psychopath/sociopath. He's willing to go to inhuman lengths without batting and eye. His greatest pleasure is physically and psychologically torturing his little brother Alex. Alex lives in hell made by a brother he cannot reason with
Brandon Shire
What a dark, twisted piece of debauchery. Loved it. Definitely NOT for everyone.
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was fucked up so I really liked it, but I should have waited for the series to be complete! It was too short :(
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OH MY GOD!!! What a sick fuck! I recommend having your drink of choice close by because 1.) You will need it and 2.) Once you start you won’t want to stop. Not only did I not move while reading this story, I read it again, and again. It’s a scary place, in Miah’s mind, but it’s also intriguing and had me completely captivated.

Joseph Lance Tonlet, once again, brings his genius creativity and imagination to our tablets with Brothers LaFon. First…please read the author’s warnings before you take
Caroline Brand

4.5 Stars

This is a short introduction to brother’s Alexander and Jeremiah LaFon that packs a punch as we learn just how disturbed their relationship is as they grow up.

If you look up the word sadist in the dictionary its description is nowhere near strong enough to describe Jeremiah who seems evil to the core.

The story is told in flashbacks as Jeremiah, or Miah as we come to know him, tortures and abuses his younger brother in a bid to keep him close and compliant
Christi Kirzner
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joseph, you have written quite a challenge for me to process and finish, all 55ish pages of it. I say that as a compliment, because despite the subject matter which is difficult for me (I warned you I was wimpy), the way you have written these two people is fantastic. I see Miah's name on the page, at the beginning of the chapter and I grimace and I want to yell at Alex to run and get away from him, shake some sense into him. As a reader, to have such a strong reaction to a fictional character, ...more
Bey Deckard
Yea gods. It was even better on rereading it.

This is one of those books where I feel like when I say that I enjoyed every twisted minute of it, I'll wind up on some watch-list somewhere. *grins*

Wonderfully written with scenes of abusive sadism lovingly wrought... A powerful dynamic where love can be ugly and hate beautiful.

I especially loved the reveal, so to speak, at the end. Nice touch.

Can't wait for the next one.

Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews - 5 hearts

Well damn, I’m not often close to speechless, but this one did it. Shock and awe were present in equal parts as the story unfolded. It took a while for the words to come…

Giving a 5 heart rating for a story that isn’t remotely romantic, sweet or heartfelt is definitely something that gave me pause; however, there’s no question it’s worthy of 5 of something (and more). I’m just not sure what the appropriate symbol would be to represent the darkness
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adults who don't mind serials
Recommended to carol by: Jack L. Pyke
Where do I start...this has warnings, it is about as dark and twisted as they come, there is animal torture that horrified me, and I actually found this the hardest to get through. Then there is serious sadistic abuse, physical, sexual and perhaps worst of all emotional by one dominating, psychopathic older brother, Jeremiah/Miah, to his younger brother, Alex, who is forced to submit and endure. I say psychopath and mean it. See the classification of this condition and watch all the attributes a ...more
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK where to start… this is a short, intense, dark, unapologetic story. The author himself has made the following tags: GAY, EROTICA, FORCED SUBMISSION, THRILLER, NON-CON, INCEST, KIDNAPPING, CHILD ABUSE, ANIMAL CRUELTY. If any one or more of these are triggers for you, please step away now. This is not the book for you.

That being said, this book is a crazy, wild, disturbing ride. It’s a short story of about 80 pages. The plot moves along quickly as we first are introduced to Jeremiah (Miah) LaF
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: july-2016-reads
This is labeled book one so I am ready to continue following these brothers. Now, this isn’t a typical taboo for you book. No, not in the slightest. We aren’t dealing with love at all. Not on either side. Why? Because Jeremiah (Miah) isn’t sane. See, I studied psychology and forensic psychology in school and I spent the entire time reading this book, profiling Jeremiah. He’s a cocktail I tell ya. He has Narcissistic Personality Disorder that caries the traits of psychopathic and Machiavellian-is ...more
Fiona Warner
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's taken me a few hours to unscramble my thoughts and emotions after reading this latest offering from the wonderfully original Joseph Lance Tonlet. I read the entire lament of Alex and Miah in one go and don't think I took a breath or blinked once. It was a phenemonel introduction to The Brothers LaFon and I'm already under Miah's wicked spell. His impressive skills at inflicting grave evil on his younger brother had me quivering in my boots and like any good horror story I wanted to stop loo ...more
Feb 21, 2015 marked it as back-burner-for-now  ·  review of another edition
Even though I pre-ordered this and am ready to go, I've decided to wait on this until the series is complete. ...more
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Uh...holy crap! I need more! Now!
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Joseph is a born and raised Southern Californian with a twenty-year stint of living in the Midwest. He loves the laid-back lifestyle of San Diego and considers himself lucky to live where people dream of vacationing.

A lifelong reader of m/m fiction, he began his writing career one night sitting at his MacBook and has never looked back. He writes to bring the characters he dreams about to life.


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