Title: The Preacher’s Son
Author: Lisa Henry & J.A.Rock
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: January 16, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 272 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.4 stars out of 5
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, whose reverend father runs a gay conversion therapy camp that Jason once sought to bring down—at any cost.
Nathan Tull is trying to live a quiet life. Four years ago, when Nate was a prospective student visiting UW Tacoma, his world collapsed when senior Jason Bannon slept with him, filmed it, and put the footage online. A painful public outing and a crisis of faith later, Nate has finally begun to heal. Cured of the “phantoms” that plagued him for years, he now has a girlfriend, a counselor job at his dad’s camp, and the constant, loving support of his father.
But when he learns Jason is back in town, his carefully constructed identity begins to crumble. As desperate to reconcile his love for God with his attraction to men as Jason is to make sense of the damage he’s done, Nate finds himself walking a dangerous line. On one side lies the righteous life he committed himself to in the wake of his public humiliation. On the other is the sin he committed with Jason Banning, and the phantoms that won’t let him be. But is there a path that can bridge those two worlds—where his faith and his identity as a gay man aren’t mutually exclusive?
And can he walk that path with the man who betrayed him?
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 harebrained idea that he is going to help Nate and every other gay person that has been to the conversion camp that Nate’s dad runs. This is where Jason really makes a huge mess of things.
Jason decides that the only way to open up people’s eyes about the conservation camp is to expose the fact that not only is Nate gay but also that he has had to hide it from his father because of him not approving and the fact that his father tries to change those that are gay into straight. That is all well and good but Jason not only exposes that but he exposes Nate in the most cruel possible way, by video taping them having sex and releasing it to the internet.
Now years later Nate is still struggling because of the aftermath of that video and Jason is returning to town after being injured in Afghanistan. Jason has started to realize that he may have been in the wrong with the way that he went about bringing attention to the harm that conversion camps can cause but it takes Nate to actually open Jason’s eyes up to just how bad and how much harm his video actually caused.
When someone betrays a person the way that Jason betrayed Nate, is there a way to move past that hurt and develop a loving relationship or is it too much to ask for forgiveness from someone that was hurt the way that Jason hurt Nate?
There were parts of this book that I really liked. I liked the fact that Jason had to realize on his own just how much his actions affected others. I also like that he had to figure out what the difference is between right and wrong even at the age of 26.
What I did not like was there was no real consequences for what Jason did. Yes, people were negatively affected and people were negatively affected by the conservation camp also but there was really no consequences for these things. Not anything big anyway.
Regardless this was a decent read. I cannot say one way or the other what would have made it a better read for me but I did enjoy it and I truly believe that others will enjoy this read too. I guess my biggest thing that really bothered me about this book was there was not really much happiness in this book or at least not in my opinion. But that is just my opinion and I believe that people should make their own opinion based off of what they read since people like different things for different reasons.