A Manx Tale by Paul Alan Fahey

18810999Title: A Manx Tale (Liars and Lovers Book 3)
Author: Paul Alan Fahey
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: Novella (92 pages)
ISBN: 9781611520132
Publisher: JMS Books LLC (November 11th, 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts
Reviewer: Eric
Blurb: Caroline and Cyril have recently wed and are honeymooning on the Isle of Man, a glorious spot in the middle of the Irish Sea marked by picturesque villages, rocky cliffs, and bracing winds. Caroline is immediately drawn to the island’s history of rampaging Vikings, tales of mermaids and legendary kings, and the friendly inhabitants with quaint superstitions and proverbs. In no time, she falls in love with her surroundings.

But unexplainable events unfold, convincing her sinister forces are at work. Part by accident and part by design, Edward and Leslie join the couple, and together they must identify a turned British agent, retrieve a top-secret document, and learn the true meaning of the phrase, “It all comes back to the camps.” Will logic and reason prevail, or will a bit of magic and island whimsy save the day?
Purchase Link:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/378630
Review: this is one of those books that had me so confused I didn’t even begin to understand what it was talking about. Of course, it didn’t help that I had started reading the third book in the series, without reading books one and two first. Overall, it was a bit confusing. But it was worth it in the end. I found this story to be quite intriguing.

Caroline and Cyril are a great couple and when they meet Edward and Leslie, things start picking up big time. I found myself intrigued by how the story was written and how the characters present and hold strong no matter what. It is amazing what a bit of strength and some danger can do for a story.

Overall, this story is strong, powerful, and mesmerizing. I found myself wanting to read it again and again. I would highly recommend this to those that like to read historical fiction and the mystery that comes with it.

Boys Will Be Boys by Paul Alan Fahay

Title: Boys Will Be Boys

Author: Paul Alan Fahey

Genre: Young Adult, Historical (1950s)

Length: Short Story

Publisher:  Queerteen Press (October 14th, 2012

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:  In the late 1950’s, fourteen year old Philip Noland is a gay but sexually inexperienced freshman at St. Sebastian’s, a Catholic high school for boys. Alone and emotionally isolated, with the exception of two friends named O’Riley and Carlin, there are no familiar guideposts for Philip to follow, just an excess of rules and regulations that make no sense to him.

A late bloomer, Philip learns to masturbate effectively and fall in love for the first time, but his greatest challenge isn’t the regimented behavior at St. Sebastian’s — it’s surviving a bully named Molinara who has set his sights on Philip.

Can Philip navigate the minefields of St. Sebastian’s and emerge victorious?

Product Link:  http://www.queerteen-press.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=57

Reviewer:  Madison

Review:  I enjoyed the author’s writing style. The way the report cards and other notices were incorporated into the story was both unique and effective in terms of establishing the setting and characters.

I wonder what the intended audience’s age is for this story (I’m guessing it’s fairly young). The entire time I was reading, all signs led to impending tragedy, but that climactic moment wasn’t really that bad. It could’ve been much darker.

Overall, this is a touching short story about young friendship and love. Yay, Smith!