Indie book reviews

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Our Reviewers won’t judge your book as compared to other self-published titles, but against other books, period. Our ratings are based on the following criteria, although reviewers are able to award partial stars (i.e. a 1.3 or a 4.7), rather than rounding up or down to a whole or half number.

1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

Excellent!
Must-read.

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IR Approved

AFTER THE FALL

By Brad Graber
Rating:
4.7 / 5

AFTER THE FALL, a character-driven novel by Brad Graber, explores the topics of family, love, and lies.

THE LOVE THAT DARE NOT SPEAK ITS NAME

By Fiza Pathan
Rating:
3.0 / 5

A series of stories about people in various cultures coming out of the closet, and the different reactions they receive from their families, friends, and...

IR Approved

Love + prejudice are aflame under the bright lights of 1950s NY clubs in OLYMPUS NIGHTS ON THE SQUARE

By Vanda Writer
Rating:
4.7 / 5

WW II is over, and life in New York is returning to normal. However, peacetime for many brings with it a return to the repressive...

A gay detective’s vacation begets a new crime to solve ONLY IN KEY WEST

By Kenneth D. Michaels
Rating:
3.3 / 5

Two detectives relaxing in laid-back Key West have their vacation cut short when a drag show goes horribly wrong and a series of high-profile deaths...

BAJA CLAVIUS: MOON MEN DEEP INSIDE

By Madeira Desouza
Rating:
3.3 / 5

From lawless desert brutality to bombastic gay sex to secret celestial time travel, BAJA CLAVIUS: MOON MEN DEEP INSIDE rides quite the otherworldly wave

DIRTY PINK

By Simon Moneils
Rating:
2.5 / 5

A genetic therapy designed to “cure” homosexuality in males ends up turning the skin of its users a bright pink color.

IR Approved

THE TRUTH ABOUT GOODBYE

By Russell Ricard
Rating:
5.0 / 5

In THE TRUTH ABOUT GOODBYE, an aging chorus boy named Sebastian Hart is still grief-stricken a year after his husband’s death.

The periodical cicadas usher in disaster in DELUGE

By Vincent Meis
Rating:
3.0 / 5

The Purvis family, affluent Southerners with a superstitious streak, flee cicadas in the night one summer—but misfortune closely follows.

THE COLOR OF LOVE, a slightly over-the-top rom-com

By Ty Mitchell
Rating:
2.0 / 5

The story of a struggling artist and a Hollywood talent agent who fall into a relationship based on ulterior motives, but find themselves developing feelings...

IR Approved

Complexities in the search for identity and freedom in: SIMPLE SIMON

By William Poe
Rating:
4.5 / 5

A young gay man struggles with his identity as he recovers from drug abuse.

Promised Valley Rebellion

By Ron Fritsch
Rating:
3.0 / 5

Set in prehistoric times. The central thrust of the book is a brother's attempts to get a prince and his sister married. A secondary plot...

IR Approved

Unmentionables

By David Greene
Rating:
4.5 / 5

UNMENTIONABLES is a story concerning the interaction of slavery, family, love and war, when two Southern families, and the slaves they own, but do not...

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