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Jace's Trial

(Trials in Abingdon #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  192 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Life is a trial full of obstacles that stand between you and your goals. Do you have the courage to face your own trial?

Jace Garrison was a musical prodigy at Juilliard ready to take the world by storm. Everything he could ever want out of life was unfolding right before his eyes, until everything came crashing down at once.
With his muse gone, along with everything he lo
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Published February 20th 2018 by Encompass Ink
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

I seriously struggled to finish this one. I wanted to give a newbie author a chance, and I see a glimmer of potential, but the writing really got in the way of the story.

When I read a book, I want to get so caught up in the story, I forget I’m reading fiction and truly believe that the characters are living, breathing people somewhere; I want to know what happens next.

But there are other times ... well, when the stories I’m reading really don’t ring true to life at all. Jace's Trial is su
Loved the premise, but the execution...not so much. Too much telling, not enough showing where the emotional states of the MC's is concerned. Drama out of nowhere and the dialogue was ...odd. People don't really talk that way, in my experience. I struggled to finish this book, unfortunately. Everything seemed really superficial. This one wasn't for me.
Oct 03, 2018 marked it as probably-not-but-freebie
Freebie at right now:
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was ok

I wanted to like this book more than I ended up doing as, on paper, it had so many tropes I love reading about.

Unfortunately, for me, it just didn't work for a number of reasons, not least being the lack of development given to the relationship between Jase and Gerard.

I know there's such a thing as instant love, that meeting with your soul mate, but I just didn't feel that here, especially since Gerard had been in love with Jase's dad and in a relationship with him only a relatively short wh
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, 2018
4.5 stars
Jace and Gerard

Warm and considerate written story. A lot of heartache in it. It is not a regular has some emotions in it coming from a place... I don't even know how to describe.

After some devastated occurrence Jace has gone back living in Abingdon, a small place where everybody takes care of each other!
When Jace's father Riley came out they all had his back and were very supportive.
Jace and his father shared something important ... music... communication through music.
Gabriella (Gabi)
DNF @57%

I give up. Too insta for me. I don't believe it.
The writing isn't bad, but there's also quite a few typos, commas missing, repetitive words and other minor grammatical errors.
I just lost interest.
Joyfully Jay
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kenna
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

I love May/December romances. I also love a good hurt/comfort story, so I was excited to be able to read Jace’s Trial. I found it was an interesting story that held my attention, smoothly transitioned from Jace’s POV to Gerard’s and back, and had likable characters with whom I was able to feel a connection. There were a few things I felt…unsettled about, and I will get to them later.

Jace and Gerard were well written, well fleshed out characters, and I was an inst
Amanda Viecelli
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what can I say about this book? First of all, have tissues handy! I may be a bit more sensitive about the subject matter than moat as, like Jace, I lost my father a few years ago, but I’d still recommend tissues! Jace and Gerard’s story is a tough one for a few reasons. The relationships they each had with Jace’s dad before he died were beautiful, and I’m glad that although he is not physically present as the book plays out, we still get to feel the depth of both Jace and Gerard’s love for ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

This story was amazing, full of deep emotions, love and lessons we all should listen to.
My heart was breaking for Jace as I read about his struggle with his grief but the way Gerard handled it and supported Jace? Amazing!
*note to self: don't read this book during office breaks or while waiting for a meeting; people might ask about the puffy eyes*
Both MCs were so strong and willful, overcoming grief each in their own way to find a hea none of them thought it was possible.
Loved it and ca
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first by this author that I have read and holy crap.. it was amazing. I loved it so much. The emotions.. all over the place.. everywhere.. I felt everything so much. I even teared up in some spots.. especially one spot in particular (I won't mention because spoilers but when you read it.. you'll know lol) This story was a perfect second chance story.. it was also what I think is considered a may/december romance.. and it had a few twists and turns I didn't see coming. I cannot wait t ...more
Bree Nead
This book was shared by an author whose work I love on her Facebook page. I am incredibly grateful that she shared it! I knew right away that it sounded like a book that I wanted to try. And I am so glad that I did! This was an amazing story and I’m thankful that I had the chance to read it. I will be (slightly impatiently, lol) waiting for more. I can hardly wait to read about Adam!
miss natasha stokes
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book and can't wait for book 2

OMG I normally don't cry when reading but this one had me crying more than once. It was hell cleaning my glasses of tears every so often lol. It was brilliant, amazing, get the gist i hope. I can't wait for book 2. I fully recommend this book to anyone.
Deanna Against Censorship
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cannot wait to read next in series.

Out of heartbreak and loss, love grows. Emotional but beautiful story. I heard the music. I loved the cover. It was perfect for this book. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Elaine White
Book – Jace's Trial (Trials in Abingdon #1)
Author – J.M. Wolf
Star rating - ★★★★☆
No. of Pages – 222
Cover – Gorgeous!
POV – 1st person, dual character
Would I read it again – Yes
Genre – LGBT, Romance, Contemporary, May/December
Triggers – loss, grief, depression, rape (not on page), domestic abuse, stalking

Reviewed for Divine Magazine

Jace's Trial is the start of a new series and one that proves to be as touching, inspiring, and heartwarming as it is
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtqia, romance
This is a trope I like and there are many parts of this that are good. Sadly, the writing is a bit uneven and inconsistant in style and quality. A good editor could help with that. There is a lot of telling instead of showing while switching back and forth between characters in first person POV. We are in their heads a lot with minimal dialog and mininal descriptions of the scenes and surroundings--enough for us to get that we are in a crowd, or the forest, but not enough to picture it in our mi ...more
Esther Alayeto
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I read this book it really took me on an emotional journey, but listening to it just really made it hit home! I laughed, I cried and I cheered them on right from the start. Jace is a beautiful soul whose spirit has been broken by his father's death and past abuse. Gerard is exactly what he needs to help him put his life back together and really soar. Jace and Gerard are sheer perfection together, they really complete each other and are really meant to be. I love the story, I love the charac ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great start to what I suspect will be a heartfelt new series. This book brings a multitude of emotions - loss, love, and new beginnings. Jace is a troubled 21 year old who not only has to deal with the loss of his dad but his career aspirations. Gerard was his father's boyfriend who has come into town to participate in the memorial. When the two meet a chance for new opportunities and new beginnings are presented. JM Wolf does a fantastic job of building his characters. You feel both thei ...more
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jace’s Trial by JM Wolf is the first book in the Trials of Abingdon series. Here we meet Jace and Gerard.
Gerard: Coming back home after losing the love of his life Gerard is here for his father’s funeral.
Jace is dropped out of Juliard because of an obsessive abusive teacher. He now works two jobs and wants to just be a part of the woodwork. He has not touched the music he loves in a long time and is really depressed. He has a lot to deal with.
Gerard is the perfect person to help Jace deal. He i
Carol Dawn
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was honored with an ARC of this book for an honest review.

This was such a beautifully emotional story. It starts out with some terribly sad news which results in Jace making a major life decision about his music.

Jace: Jace loses the one person who means the most to him and even though he knows he's surrounded by people who love and care for him, he bottles up those emotions and locks them away tight. He keeps himself busy so he doesn't have to think let alone feel. That is, until Gerard come
Nanna Sander
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Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To say this story is an emotional roller-coaster is putting it mildly.
In this heartbreaking story we meet Jace Garrison who has lost everything. He came home from Juilliard where he had a scholarship, for reasons we will find out, and while coming to terms with his future falling apart, he learns his father Riley, a navy SEAL, has been killed in action. He is a shell of his former self.
A year after Riley's death, a memorial service has been planned and Riley's former partner arrives to pay his
Joscelyn Smith
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"You shield me so I can keep moving forward.”

OMG...I really want to just gush about how good this was. It's so hard because I want to describe it but I also don't want to give any spoilers so I'll just say that this was a journey to the other side of loss. Jace was just so broken by his father's death the the walls he built were too high to surmount alone, it took Gerard to finally break through. Their instant connection and willingness to grasp their chance at happiness really brought the feels
Bran Zesti
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow just WOW!! This story.......omg . Read this book, your going to love it. It's one you'll talk about for some time
Dara Nelson
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-blog
Nope. Sorry. This one just didn’t click with me. I never connected with the characters, never felt the connection between them, and I cannot stress the importance of research. I tried but this one fell flat for me.
Oct 03, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Life is a trial full of obstacles that stand between you and your goals. Do you have the courage to face your own trial?

Jace Garrison was a musical prodigy at Juilliard ready to take the world by storm. Everything he could ever want out of life was unfolding right before his eyes, until everything came crashing down at once.
With his muse gone, along with everything he loved, will Jace find the courage to move on?

Former Navy SEAL Gerard Ramhart had always
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc, mm
I know there's so much the author wanted to say in this book. About grieving, cope with it, family, career, second chance, friendship, love, revenge, karma etc etc.
Too many issues could be a bit dangerous, sometimes we forgot that we only need one or two at the time.
It's not that I don't love the story. This is actually one nice story, insta-love included. But I cringed a little bit thinking of Gerard lusting after his late boyfriend's son. But yeah, sometimes we need to adjust in some condition
Suze Fields
Oct 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gay-literature
This novel was particularly bad. I had an issue with just about everything. The caracters are unrelatable and unlikeable. There is only one character that seemed to be important for the author, and that's Jace, a "trouble, hot, super-talented" young man whom everybody loves, who is perfect in everything, a prodigy beyond any stretch of the imagination (all solely on the word of the author and hearsay, because we never really feel it to be so), and who yet seems oblivious of his own magnificence. ...more
Jenny Wood
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
OK, so… hmmm…

This story is about Gerard and Jace. Gerard being the lover of a man named Riley, who he was in the Marines with…. Jace is his son. This story was truly heart breaking in the sense that both of these people lost such an important person in their lives and grieving and living without the person, even a year later when they meet, still seems like an impossibility. I couldn’t imagine what it must’ve been like, for either of them, but their love for Riley was described beautifully, and
Suzanne Ellis
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jace's Trials visits the older man/younger man trope with this first book in author J.M. Wolf's Trials in Abingdon series. Gerard Ramhartis a man who loses his best friend and lover, Riley, in war time. He is not able get leave to attend Riley's funeral and is completely despondent over his very personal loss. A year later, now retired from the military, Gerard receives an invitation from Riley's sister for the 1 year memorial of Riley's death and remembering how much Riley had loved his hometow ...more
Ben Willis
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it

Star rating - ★★★★
Triggers Warnings were not listed in the book, only in the blurb on Amazon. I missed them because I'd been following JM on Facebook. Because of my issues, I like there to be a warning in the book, but can't say much because it was in the Blurb and it was my fault for not checking. With that said, this book contains many subjects that could trigger a person, including: loss of loved one, grief, mention of rape, depression, and domestic abuse. Needless to say, ther
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JM Wolf never thought he would one day say that he's a published M/M romance author. Having a poet for a mother and a sister to once ran a blog, it was only a matter of time before JM discovered his writing genes. In the beginning, his sole purpose in life was to be a singer/songwriter. Writing lyrics was the first step putting his thoughts onto paper. Even while singing, JM always found time to d ...more

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