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
December 19, 2022

SOMETIMES YOU JUST KNOW

By Bill VanPatten
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A thirty-year-old designer who is unlucky in love learns to let go of the past and embrace life.

December 2, 2022

A ROMAN SPELL

By Michael Hartwig
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Two fathers struggle to understand their son’s seemingly supernatural abilities – and what they mean for their marriage and family life.

November 28, 2022

OLIVER AND HENRY

By Michael Hartwig
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

A young man’s trip to meet his biological father in Rome becomes an intense journey of self-discovery in Michael Hartwig’s OLIVER AND HENRY.

IR Approved
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A straight man joins a gay tennis league, triggering a competitive rivalry with the league's current champion Stefan, as well as other mixed emotions within...

June 29, 2022

JEROME KLINGEMANN, LOSER MAGNET

By Joseph F. Delgado
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Jerome Klingemann spends years unsuccessfully searching for the right mate. When he meets the man with whom he believes he could spend the rest of...

IR Approved
May 30, 2022

RODE

By J. Adams
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

RODE, a novel by J. Adams, follows Jack, a young man drifting through life in search of sexual identity, intimacy, and self-acceptance.

IR Approved
May 11, 2022

A COLLISION IN QUEBEC

By Michael Hartwig
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

A globe-trotting, LGBTQ-themed romance fueled by an enamored couple and their conflicting cultures.

IR Approved
April 25, 2022

A LITTLE RAIN

By Bill VanPatten
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Family secrets and lack of communication lead lonely sixteen-year-old Alexander to commit an awful crime and his parents to question their decisions in Bill VanPatten’s...

IR Approved
April 6, 2022

INKED CAFFEINE

By Monique Duclos
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A tattoo artist and a barista move from friends to lovers while terror lurks in the background in Monique Duclos’s lifelike gay romance INKED CAFFEINE.

IR Approved
March 7, 2022

OUR ROMAN PASTS

By Michael Hartwig
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

OUR ROMAN PASTS is a traipse through time and culture. At its core, it presents the intertwining of relationships and the Roman monuments that bear...

IR Approved
February 4, 2022

HERE WE GO LOOP DE LOOP

By William Jack Sibley
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

In the small Texas town of Rita Blanca, a woman is in love with a man who happens to be in love with another man.

IR Approved
December 29, 2021

THE CYPRESS CLUB

By Jeff Wiemiller
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Visiting his wealthy, pretentious mother for his parents’ fortieth anniversary party, Ben learns he must come to terms with her selfish, judgmental behavior in order...

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