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3.45  ·  Rating details ·  202 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Jason Banning is a wreck. His leg’s been blown to hell in Afghanistan, his boyfriend just left him and took the dog, and now he’s back in his hometown of Pinehurst, Washington, a place that holds nothing but wretched memories…and Nathan Tull. Nathan Tull, whose life Jason ruined. Nathan Tull, who will never believe Jason did what he did for a greater good. Nathan Tull, who ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published January 11th 2018 by Lisa Henry and J.A Rock
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Lisa Henry
Jan 01, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: stuff-i-wrote
I don’t respond to readers’ reviews, even those addressed to me, because I believe those reviews are a reader’s space. However if you have anything to ask about The Preacher’s Son, then I’m happy for you to do that here in my review space.

There does seem to be some misconception about how Nate’s father is portrayed in the book. Yes, he thinks he’s doing the right thing by Nate and the kids at the camp. And no, he absolutely isn’t. Conversion therapy is reprehensible and harmful, and should be b
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Wendy
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The blurb really peaked my interest. I am not a big fan of religious reads to be honest, but that was not what caught my attention. When I read what Jason actually did to Nate....I really wanted to know how that would turn out...

I am a very big fan of groveling, and I was hoping to get some here....because man did Jason ruin Nate's life !!

Jason and Nate meet when they are younger. Both are gay, but Nate is deeply in the closet, and one of the reasons for that, is his family. Nate's dad runs a co
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Nathan Burgoine
Conversion therapy is hateful, violent, and kills queer people; people involved in it cannot be allies or claim to love queer people, and framing those who support conversion therapy as merely misguided or "loving" diminishes the evils suffered in reality.

Revenge porn is abhorrent and a violation and an assault; no one has to forgive someone who violates and assaults them, and placing those who assault others as romantic leads, especially with the person they assault, is a dismissive choice at b
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River
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, m-m
3.5 stars
I find that making a review for this book is a bit hard, I find a lot of things about the book very interesting but at the same time it's very hard to get past Jason's actions. In the end, I'm left wondering what were the authors thinking, not in a bad way, just curious.

If you read the blurb then you know what happened between Nathan and Jason. As a person I hate Jason's actions, there's no way around it, it was awful and I would say even unforgivable. As a reader, it was fascinating t
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Chris, the Dalek King
Wow…do I have thoughts about this book. Many many thoughts. Unfortunately I am also in the middle of fighting off the plague and so those thoughts are not quite as coherent as I would hope they would be for this review. Nonetheless, I shall go on.

So firstly…Jason Bannon is a self-righteous douchebag. Why? Well the fact that he knowingly and purposefully taped–without consent–Nathan Tull having sex with him, doesn’t help. Nor does the fact that he did so because Nathan’s father is pastor who runs
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Debra
The blurb does a good job of laying out what this story is and yes, religion plays a large part in the story. This book won’t be for everyone based upon that (and I should also warn that there are references to and on page scenes of suicide attempts) but those who enjoy getting into the heads of characters and being fully engaged in the struggle within them that will lead to the ultimate payoff will be pleased.

What Jason did to Nate, how he used him, was horrible. Being in Jason’s head during th
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F. Feeley Jr
Jan 17, 2018 added it
Shelves: nope
Hi, I'm an ex fundi- there's NOTHING good about conversion camps whether you're talking about ex gay therapy OR more importantly the behavior adjustment camps that are all over the continental United States. ((NEw Bethany Home for Girls in Corpus Christi, Texas)) if you want to google just one version. Fundamentalism is a mental illness that hurts a lot more people than just homosexuals (not to diminish them at all) making light of this subject matter or trying to lighten it really does a terrib ...more
Elena
Jan 03, 2018 marked it as no-thanks
As much as it pains me to pass on a new book by this duo, I know myself too well to think I'd enjoy a story centered on religion and a character's faith.
Jack Harbon
Jan 20, 2018 added it
Shelves: trash
I can't decide what to be more upset about.

The real life victims of conversion camps voicing their concern for this harmful book being ignored and told to shut up? The idea that forced outings and non-consensual recording during sex acts aren't considered irredeemable, but instead, just "short-sighted"? Or the fact that so many straight women reading this book see no problem with authors profiting off of the pain and suffering and literal torture of queer people?

There's a difference between dar
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Aeren
Jan 19, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No considero que esto sea romance, debería estar indicado, aparte, es un completo disparate.
J.C. Long
I just want to say HOW DARE YOU to the authors of this book. How dare you write a story that is nothing more than queer tragedy porn and pass it off as a romance. Do you have any idea how hurtful this nonsense garbage fire of a book is? Do you realize how idiotic you sound trying to put anything close to a humanizing spin on TORTURE? Conversion camps are NOT a plot point for some cishet completely disengaged from the queer community wannabe ally. "Oh, his father is well meaning!" No, his father ...more
Samington
The happiest ending here would be for Nate to get enough therapy to dump both his awful dad and his shithead "boyfriend" for good.
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
A completely emotional book to me. There is much here that, if it resonates, will make you tear up and really think and ponder and question. I get why some don't want to forgive Jason - I mean I appreciate they have that thought. It's not about forgiveness though or pushing aside terrible actions. It really isn't. What it is about is the understanding between two people, that love can exist side by side with hate, and that there is a gut level honesty with yourself that, unheeded, makes life a l ...more
Isak+Even
Jan 22, 2018 added it
Shelves: nah
I haven't read the book so that's why I'm not rating it.
Having read the blurb I can't accept this as a romance. Someone having sex with someone, filming them, putting it online and then being forgiven by the abused person? No. Just no. No matter how wrong the character thinks it is, how he suffers afterwards, blah blah blah. Romanticising abuse is not sexy.
And don't even get me started on the whole conversion therapy arc and how much the dad running the camp loves his son.
This whole plot is giv
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Sunne
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book…obviously not everybody is happy with this book.

I’m not sure everybody who commented has actually read the book or read it properly.

Why? Because it is a complicated book about a serious matter.

So I’m going to try and get my thoughts in line:

The people in this book are real – they are not stereotypes, good or bad. They are both.

Jason is an a** - when he films and outs Nathan, he is driven by the self-righteous urge to expose Timothy Tull, Nathan’s father and leader of a conversion ther
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Jaime
I feel like I need to start this review with a disclaimer.
*My opinion on this story is just that and I am in no way negating the effects of abuse and the damage done by conversion therapy camps*

I have been known to enjoy twisted, dark theme, untraditional stories. Some are romances and some are not. I am having a hard time totally categorizing this story because of the "love" story that occurs between our two MC. This is a love that many will find wrong, unacceptable, abusive, predatory, and mu
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Daphne
Not doing it. There’s a line and for me, this is it. I feel like buying and reading this story for enjoyment (which is why i read) would be appropriating a virulent form of emotional and psychological abuse that too many young people suffer through with no hope of respite because their parents do this to them. In 2018, with the climate of hate dressed up as religion choking our country - I just can’t.

Maybe I’m wildly hypocritical because I’ve read so many books - some I loved, including religio
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Theresa
Jan 03, 2018 marked it as not-interested
Yuck!!!!!
Stephanie   GooglyEyes
3.75*

How profound.

I can't say this is my favorite, because I've decided stories involving religion (not to be confused with faith) makes me uncomfortable, but it is very well written and makes you think about things.

I can't even say I liked Jason or what he did and the way he thought he could change the world...but the fact that he even tried to is commendable. His and Molly’s conversation at the end of the book also made me think. They talk about people how they feel about people in the close
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Manfred
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I read the blurb for this one, I immediately knew it would be right for me, and it was! Once I started reading, I wasn't able to put this book down, I just had to know what would happen next.
Still, the ratings are not really soaring, so what's the problem with this story?
First and foremost it is not a gay romance. It is probably a novel with gay protagonists and (a little) sex or rather making out included.
Second it doesn't have your typical HEA with marriage proposal and living happily fro
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Natosha Wilson
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I am on the ledge of trying to decide if I liked this book or if I didn't. I honestly do not know which way I am leaning so I will just stay in the middle on this one where I do but I don't like it.

Nate and Jason are both young when they first meet each other. Nate is looking into college and Jason already attending the college that Nate is visiting to see what college life is all about. Jason knows who Nate is but he has never had anything previously to do with him. But Jason gets this hair bra
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Clare
Jan 21, 2018 marked it as nope
I'm not averse to religion in stories. I'm not religious at all and personally I think it's more harmful than helpful. But some people get comfort from it and that deserves to be given consideration.

That said, I'm not interested in reading about harmful, abusive religion being given any kind of understanding and/or forgiveness.

If people without lived experience are going to write about these things, they need to have some respect and listen to the voices of the people who have lived it, who hav
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Bev
This controversial story was really well written. The subject matter?? Well, as far as I'm concerned, the more information there is out there about these camps the better, and that can only be a good thing surely?? No, I'm not gay and am lucky to live in a country where religion and the churches don't hold anywhere near the power that they used to [and thank goodness for that]....but I consider myself to be a member of the Human Race, and that doesn't mean that we should ignore what is going on ...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Note: This book was provided to me by the publisher through Hearts on Fire Reviews in exchange for an impartial review.

**3.5 stars**
Apologies for the length of this review. I just had things to say. So I did.

When I read the blurb for this one, I thought it would be interesting, timely, and provide MCs that I could love. Well, what a surprise that turned out to be! There is so much here! There’s an MC I loved to hate, and one that I should have loved but really wanted to smack upside the head
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Carol (bookish_notes)
So. This book. I wasn't sure how to tackle a review for this book. I've read the discussions surrounding this contents of the story. I was already on the fence on what to rate it, and I've read many in the queer community have expressed their outrage and concerns over the topics addressed in the blurb and story itself, so I'm not going to have a rating for this book at all and will try to address the contents of this book in my review.

I was perplexed by the premise of this book and was curious t
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Jax
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star, lgbtq
It was interesting to see a gay person of faith come to terms with the idea that they can have a relationship with God and be true to themselves. And I liked how Nate’s dad is not portrayed as a monster; it’s much more complicated than that. The preacher loves his son, he’s more misguided than evil. Like Jason, he does harm by doing what he believes is right.

I think the consequences of conversion therapy and outing are clear and handled well, but ultimately this was filled with too much pain and
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Anna Kļaviņa
Jan 20, 2018 marked it as wishlist
Reaction to reviews & summary

Not something I would read for fun as religion at its worst & homophobia makes my blood boil but reading comments, I'm curious. But most importantly I trust Henry as an author, I'm sure she doesn't trivialize suffering/trauma of her characters.

While I think that people who run conversion camps and parents who send their children to these camps should be in prison, I also believe that some of these people trully believe that they are doing the right thing and
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Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews
Soooooooooooooo.......................

I'm very very very much on the fence with this one.
I don't know if I liked it or if I didnt.

And that really really makes me sad on this "Blue Monday"

Rock & Henry are 1 of my fav colabs ever. They work so freaking well together and I honestly have no idea who wrote what. It normally flows.

And TBH it was not the writing. It was more so the story........

I just ....... could not see the 2 MCs together. AT ALL.
And it wasn't so much as "preachy" as it was
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Alex
Jan 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nope-no-nein
Just no. I think there are many here who have explained why and i don't need to rehash it.
Lisa
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book really gives you a lot to think about. Its something I suppose in this day and age to remember that these camps really do still go on. Although the camp in this book diesnt seem as radical as some I have read about.
At the beginning I really didnt like Jason, I couldn't believe that he would do that. And Nate, I know he got to know God but I am not sure I would be as quick to forgive somebody that had done something like that to me.
I felt for the boys at the camp. Although Steven and Ty
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