M/M Romance Reviews “False Evidence”


Review written by Graham Adams at M/M Romance Reviews:

“Once in a while, I stumble upon a book so wonderful, so expertly written and so engrossing that it reinforces my faith in the entire genre. This is one such book and I absolutely loved it. Anyone who hasn’t yet read this amazing novel is really missing out on a book that truly represents the best in gay fiction. The author expertly portrays the needs and longings of a lonely gay man who becomes intrigued by a beautiful stranger. Oh how I could relate to Kevin’s infatuation, which quickly spiraled into obsession. The way Kevin starts to schedule his life around the chance of seeing the object of his affection is so very touching, but terrifying in the fact that many readers will be able to relate to such actions, and see within themselves how easy it is to lose control of one’s senses in an attempt to feed one’s addiction. Tony is very much Kevin’s addiction, and I could certainly relate to how easy it is to become obsessed with someone we don’t even know. But this is so much more than a tale of sexual longing and obsession, with twists, shocks and surprises galore. It is a superb psychological thriller, without being too dark. The plot is original and very well written. The characters are believable and the projection of Kevin’s emotions simply fly off the pages. This is obviously the first in a series, and the ending leaves you craving for more. I cannot wait for the sequel.”

Reluctant Sleuth Kevin Connor Is Worth Reading!

First You Fall (Kevin Connor Mystery #1)First You Fall by Scott Sherman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Finally finished this book after it’s been on my self for awhile; not sure why I began reading the story last year and stopped (got distracted and one thing led to another, and you get the idea) – BUT, that being said, I really enjoyed this first novel from Scott Sherman.

Kevin – call boy/male prostitute is our reluctant sleuth. Kevin Connor, or Kevvy, according to the closeted (hot!) cop, who was also Kevvy’s former first-love. Kevin has AADD, and at times, creates a source of comedy. He’s always reminding himself to “focus, Kevin, focus!”

Problem is, Kevin really cared for a client of his who tossed himself off a balcony – or so it would seem, but Kevin doesn’t believe his friend would take his own life. Enter a bevy of characters, both large and small, who make this novel shine and a riot at times.

I liked the mystery – and yes, I figured out who the killer was before the ending, but that didn’t detract from my joy of the novel. The ending seemed a little rushed since many facts came together at once, but the pull and tug of Kevin’s on again-off again relationship with the hunky detective drove this novel and assures there’s more to come. I’m looking forward to the next chapter, er, novel, from Mr. Sherman.

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Currently Reading: The Touch Of The Sea

The Touch of the Sea

I’m currently reading the The Touch Of The Sea edited by Steve Berman with authors Joel Lane and Jeff Mann, Nathan Bourgeoine, Chaz Brenchley, and Alex Jeffers, Brandon Cracraft, Jonathan Harper, John Howard, Vincent Kovar, Matthew A. Merendo, Damon Shaw.

The Touch of the Sea

The stories is this anthology strike a romantic cord with me and each is proving unique and quite enjoyable. My current WIP is about a young man living in L.A. with his partner of ten years, when an innate yearning lures him to return to his boyhood home by the sea on Tybee Island, Georgia, where he meets up again with his mysterious, alluring, childhood friend, Lucius.

Stay tuned!

5 Stars! False Evidence Reviewed By Author, Ryan Field


Author, Ryan Field, has written a reivew of my latest release, False Evidence, for Amazon.com and Goodreads:

I had a chance to read “Murder Most Deadly 1: False Evidence,” by m/m fiction author, Jon Michaelsen, last week. It’s a m/m romance novella, with a mystery/suspense theme that revolves around the main character’s infatuation with an extremely attractive young man who lives in an adjacent building. The book is set in Atlanta, where some of my favorite books of all time have been set (“Peachtree Road” by Anne Rivers Siddens).

I hate to write reviews like this because I’m always worried I’ll give out a spoiler, and with a book like this, almost anything I say could ruin something for the reader. So I’ll try to keep it short and ambiguous, and focus more on how I felt while I as reading the book.

When I started reading, I obviously expected a murder mystery. But it’s a little tricky at first, because there’s an interesting set up that involves a little harmless voyeurism, a hot young guy, and a decent young guy who seems lonely. In fact, the lonely guy almost seems to have self-esteem issues. But only he feels this way. I felt that he underestimated himself in more ways than one. And I immediately started to cheer him on as the book progressed. I like this in any book, where I start to feel emotionally invested in the character. I wanted to see him change.

And he did change. In more ways than I expected. There are some erotic scenes that are handled very well. Nothing that I would consider over-the-top, but in the same respect they were arousing…both emotionally and physically. I’ve been let down before, but not this time. And this is why I wound up reading the book in one sitting when I should have been doing something else.

Another reason I wound up reading it in full that night was because there was a ring of reality I don’t see often enough. I have known characters like this in real life, where they get involved with someone thinking it’s all going to be innocent and it winds up becoming something they never expected. I honestly can’t say anything more than this because I would ruin the book for other people. But this shit happens to gay guys all the time. In fact, it almost happened to me once. And though I wish I could explain in more detail, it wouldn’t be fair.

In the end, just when I started to feel there was no hope left, something interesting happened that made me feel so much better. No details because that would ruin the ending. But I will say that I’m looking forward to the sequel to find out what happens. The main character is someone I won’t forget, nor will I forget his complicated situation. And that doesn’t happen often to me.

Amos Lassen’s Review my new novella, “False Evidence”

Amos Lassen
Amos Lassen
Romance and Mystery

Amos Lassen

One of the things I love about reviewing is meeting new propel even if only by their writing. Jon Michaelsen was kind enough to make a comment on a review I did of Lambda Award winner, David Lennon so I decided to find out more about him and sure enough, he is also a writer and has a new book coming out (which is the subject of this review). When you read as much as I do, it is always fun to read something from someone that you never have read before.

“False Evidence: Murder Most Deadly 1” is interesting in that it is both a romance and a mystery and Michaelsen has created a fascinating character in Kevin Mitchell, an accountant who is bored with his job. He dreams about and lusts after Tony, who lives in the building next to his and before Kevin realizes it, he is obsessed with him. Then Tony surprises Kevin by coming to his apartment, bruised and bloody. Kevin helps him and shows him to his bed. However, (there is always a “however”), something is strange and when the police arrive we learn that all is not what it appears to be. The police are searching for a violent murderer and here is where I have to be careful not to give anything away.

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