Tales of a Gay Witch
- Skeletons in the Closet
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
So what's a young gay boy living in the eighty's from suburbs of Dayton, Ohio to do, when he comes out to his family, only to finds out his family has been keeping their own secrets. Jason Wynwood just turned 18 finding out he is in a long bloodline of witches. As Jason searches for love, he falls for a mysterious black haired gentleman named Damien. Jason is thrown into a dangerous world of magic with witches, vampires and werewolves, and a glittery nightlife sexual pleasures. He also discovers Young gay men have been turning up dead at rest stops all over surrounding areas. Police suspect that it's the work of a serial killer. But when a friend ends up dead it becomes personal. Can Jason find the killer before anyone else turns up dead?
Publisher: Independently Published
Word Count: 58161
Setting: Dayton Ohio
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
I received an Advance Reader Copy of Skeletons in the Closet by R.D. Noland. I selected this book because I enjoy reading LGBTQIA+ books and thought a fantasy would be a lot of fun.
This book IS a lot of fun! But I want to preface this with an adult content warning. Skeletons in the Closet starts out with some pretty graphic m/m smut scenes. And I also need to say that there is a scene with sexual violence in the first chapter. It does have relevance for the book and the main character's story progression, but I needed to put this warning in place.
I really enjoyed the story and thought the characters were believable. The main character, Jason, was both relatable and sarcastic, and Noland wrote him with perfect Twink vibes. Even before it was stated later in the book I got this - fantastic descriptive writing.
One thing that threw me off was the time period this was written in. The first indication was an apartment for $600 rent a month (what! Unheard of now!) followed by references to the "gay cancer" going around. This does not detract from the story, but I did scratch my head in confusion before I realized when this was written from.
Skeletons in the Closet falls into a few genres: adult fantasy, LGBTQIA+, romance, and mystery/crime - all in one story. It definitely keeps pace and is a page-turner. I love how all aspects of the story relate to one another and pull the conclusion together. Honestly, very well thought-out and executed outline! Commendations to Noland.
Noland painted a very realistic picture of what I imagine the life of a gay man in the late 80s/early 90s was. Plenty of sex, lots of fun and dancing, some acceptance, some bigotry and hatred, coupled with the murder of innocent gay men. Heartbreaking and beautiful.
As an aside, my favorite character was Jo and I 100% stand behind those protective lesbian mother vibes from her!
I feel like this book focused more on the LGBTQIA+ storyline and less on the witch/fantasy side. I would have loved to hear more about the family history of witchcraft and also Jason's father's Druidic association. But I guess that's for future books!
I recommend this book to readers who enjoy smutty m/m action set in a fantasy story. I would not recommend this book to anyone who is triggered by sexual violence or graphic sex scenes.