Bender by Gene Gant

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BenderLGBender by Gene Gant
Release Date: June 16, 2016
Pages: 86 • Format: eARC
Published By: Harmony Ink Press
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A Harmony Ink Press New Adult title appropriate for ages 16+

Nineteen-year-old Mace Danner is a college freshman—and a male prostitute. He specializes as a submissive-for-hire to dominant clients. Mace has never experienced any erotic longings, but his profession satisfies much darker needs. He believes he deserves the abuse because he was responsible for the death of his brother. When ill-treatment at the hands of customers isn’t penance enough, Mace turns to the bottle, hoping to drink away the demons still plaguing him.

RA Dex Hammel doesn’t like the road he sees Mace going down, and he offers his help before it’s too late. There’s no denying the chemistry between the two young men, but a lingering lack of physical desire continues to confuse and upset Mace. He seems set on destroying himself, and Dex might not be able to save him.


Trigger warning:Physical Assault

So I’ve read a previous book by this author and loved it. I’m okay with the no sex on page and I love the cover. This was a little heavier then I thought it would be. Mace is a 19 year old who decided to sale his body for money. I’m almost certain he didn’t need to do it. Yeah he’s a college student and they have bills, and his parents had to move to Springfield, but he could have gotten another job. His reasoning for selling his body all was internally. He didn’t get sexual gratification from sex. He doesn’t even get an erection during these times. No with his clients he gets the humiliation and degradation that he needs to live on. He is suffering from an enormous about of guilt surrounding his brother’s death. Mace hasn’t dealt with it. It’s as if he’s just floating by in the world. He has no friends, he keeps communication between his parents to a minimum. He’s an empty vessel in fact.

Along the way he meets Dex one of his resident advisers. I like Dex, but certain actions of his or his words confounded me. I mean, Mace explained some things, and went through some thing and you get frustrated about his performance. I was perturbed by that big time. He turned me off, and yeah I was able to forgive him. Mace went through a brutal attack that seriously pissed me off since one of his attackers was their at every corner he turned. I was so mad. It made me emotional because he couldn’t escape and I’m so happy that he sought out help before his harmed himself. Not only is he dealing with this guilt, but he’s dealing with his sexuality. He’s never been attracted to people sexually. It fact he doesn’t get an erection ever outside of his normal facilities. I do like the fact that he was able to get help and talk to someone. I’m not okay with the physical violence in the story, but it’s life things happened. I swear I wish he would have reported it, but I know where he was coming from. I do like the author’s style of story telling, and can’t wait for more from him.

About Gene Gant

‘m Tennessean by birth, a resident of Memphis for most of my life. I tried living in a few northern cities after graduating from college, but I couldn’t take the brutal winters, and I missed good ol’ southern barbecue. Now I make my home on a country lane outside of Memphis. When I’m not reading, working out, watching movies or spending time with family and friends, you can find me tapping away at my computer.

How To Be A Normal Person by T.J. Klune

How To Be A Normal Person by T.J. Kluneon 2015-10-16
Pages: 290
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Gustavo Tiberius is not normal. He knows this. Everyone in his small town of Abby, Oregon, knows this. He reads encyclopedias every night before bed. He has a pet ferret called Harry S. Truman. He owns a video rental store that no one goes to. His closest friends are a lady named Lottie with drag queen hair and a trio of elderly Vespa riders known as the We Three Queens.  Gus is not normal. And he's fine with that. All he wants is to be left alone. Until Casey, an asexual stoner hipster and the newest employee at Lottie’s Lattes, enters his life. For some reason, Casey thinks Gus is the greatest thing ever. And maybe Gus is starting to think the same thing about Casey, even if Casey is obsessive about Instagramming his food. But Gus isn’t normal and Casey deserves someone who can be. Suddenly wanting to be that someone, Gus steps out of his comfort zone and plans to become the most normal person ever. After all, what could possibly go wrong?

5 stars!!!!!


If I could write my entire review in hash tags I would, but I can’t. I was very hesitant to read this book. I kept going back to look at it. I’m not a fan of funny T.J., this is what I thought. I’ve been known to be wrong before, and I’m so going back to read TMIR real soon. I hadn’t pre-ordered the book at all. In fact I won a free book from DSP, thanks Twitter and decided to use it on this. I thought it was going to be all humor and no feels something I want from him. I like the overwrought emotional reads. Hello I’m a masochist when it comes to Mr. Klune’s books. Well we had this amazing amount of humor and those moments of the feels were minuscule compared to everything else but Jeez they produced a few tears. It was those thought closing emotions that would pop at during those Pastor Tommy moments. Goodness I couldn’t handle it.

It no sex in this book, and I did not care at all. I mean, it’s all about the connection between gorgeous Casey and sputtering Gus. I shall learn how to sputter from here on out!!! The writing is classic him, and damn he just don’t know he has created a superfan out of him. I live out the days wondering what he is doing now.

The characters are effin great man. I had no idea what is a so called hipster. I mean I guess I know a few of these people but that damn man bun makes me want to shave Jace head why he is sleep and contact Comcast to start a war on the internet and the idiosyncrasies that’s there! I can’t even remember what else I wanted to write. I’m so going to ship them so hard.

Casey is a fan of my favorite movie! I think I found the perfect Casey dude just needs tattoos!


About TJ Klune

When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid—he didn’t think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder, wondering why he has to go to work as a claims examiner for an insurance company during the day when he could just stay home and write.

He lives with a neurotic cat in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. It’s hot there, but he doesn’t mind. He dreams about one day standing at Stonehenge, just so he can say he did.