Book Reviews

Jumping Jack Flash by Deirdre O'Dare at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Elves/Fairies/Sidhe / Magic / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 03-July-2020

Book Blurb

Born to a carnival mother, Jack never knew his father. His mother died when he was in his teens, leaving him to fend for himself. However, Jack is not without skills and smarts. He perfects a knife and sword act where he keeps himself safe by making the steel blades go exactly where he wants them. Getting his GED and working to educate himself while keeping up his carnival act leaves no time for a social life, but he's been too busy to miss it.

Doug comes from a very ordinary middle class background, but his parents sent him to college and he now has a good but boring job in IT. Although razzed about being gay back in high school, he has come to terms with his sexuality but has not found Mr. Right.

When a druggie loser boyfriend moves out, Doug is lonely and hurt. Looking for distraction, he goes to the carnival and it's there he sees red-headed, mercurial Jack. The man is enthralling, the opposite of everything Doug is and knows. Can two men with such widely different lives find common ground to build a bond?



First edition published by Changeling Press, July 2016.


Book Review

In what starts as a perfectly “normal” story, a sudden turn toward the otherworldly and then outright supernatural makes for an interesting twist. Jack has clearly got some unusual abilities, and as soon as he and Doug meet there is some interpersonal magic to top it all off. Not that these two men have an easy ride, and, in fact, back in 1973 they have quite a few counts against them.

Jack has a knife and sword act in the carnie group he has been with for a while, and it’s one far beyond average. Nobody knows that his success is due to his supernatural powers, and he wants to keep it that way. Doug is just an average guy with a boring life, but he has a sense of adventure and a longing for the unusual. Both come in handy when stuff begins to be outright weird around Jack’s carnival.

If you like stories with a touch of the supernatural, if an unspecified danger that suddenly becomes real is your thing, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read with some hot loving, then you may like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 21374 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 27-June-2020
Price $3.99 ebook
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