a southern boy. Well, “boy” may be a stretch. I'm sixty-one this year, but I
still feel like I’m twenty-two and act like I’m nine-and-a-half. Grew up in
north Alabama, smack-dab in the middle of the Bible belt.
I discovered I was attracted to boys at age fourteen. Twenty minutes after
that, I found out that being gay was the unforgivable sin, not blaspheming the
Holy Spirit, as my little Baptist church had taught me. So, as so many like me
have always done, I hid from everyone, including and especially myself.
At age forty-nine I came out to myself, my wife, and my three wonderful
children. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done and the best thing that ever
happened to me.
I started writing shortly after discovering anime. There’s this thing called
“fandoms,” you see—well, I know you probably know about that. I grew my skills
slowly, feeding on the dribbles of praise and criticism my mailing lists
provided. In 2011 I decided to try my hand at original fiction and found I have
a talent for telling stories that touch people’s hearts and make them laugh.
For me there’s no greater high in all the world. The next year I somehow
screwed up the courage to submit to a publisher and was given a thumbs up. Now
I’m happily sharing my tales with those who care to read them.
My day job is editing and engraving sacred music for a mainline publisher in
Chicago, where I live with an antisocial cat who refuses to be named. I enjoy
fine wines, jazz, and the darkest chocolate I can get my hands on.
I write in a variety of genres, from gay romance and erotica to science fiction
and mainstream thrillers, each category under a different pseudonym. Jude Dunn
is the one I use for gay romance. My work is sometimes subtle, sometimes fiery,
but always brimming with characters who tackle their challenges with an
unwavering love of life.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy your time here.
Book title: One Thing Leads
Author: Jude Dunn
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
What makes a young man go further than he ever thought he would? Dion Bellamy is twenty-seven and studying social work at the University of Chicago. He has lived with Kenji Okamura, a construction worker, for a year and a half. Dion loves Kenji and passionately hopes Kenji feels the same, but he has never said the three big words. Then Grayson Sinclair, Dion’s schoolmate and a vivacious, oversexed playboy, comes between them. One step at a time, barely aware where his steps are leading, Dion descends the slippery slope into a life of depravity. First, Grayson ensures Kenji is out of the way. Then he entices Dion to go clubbing with him, gets Dion drunk and high, and then takes him to a sex club, where he films Dion giving blow jobs to multiple men. He threatens to put the video online unless Dion signs a contract to work as a prostitute. Though he hardly understands how he reached this point, Dion must now figure out how to escape his fate and save himself.
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
This is not romance. This is a story of surviving through a betrayal of trust that not only ruins one life but a whole lot of others who were swept into something they could not control.
One Thing Leads has got to be one of the most difficult reads I had to read for it scared me, and it hurt so bad when reading about what Dion and Kenji had to go through? Overall, I admit I loved the read, but it is something that is truly dark and unfortunately all I could think of was that this was so real it could happen to anyone. It could happen to our kids. To our friends. To us!
Do I recommend this? Yes.
Can I write a longer review? No.
“God,” Dion screamed, throwing his hands in the air in disgust. He and Kenji glared like dogs circling each other before attacking. Finally Dion broke the tension. “I need some air,” he said, then spun on a heel and strode to the bedroom. Kenji sat still as stone, listening to Dion slamming drawers as he found clothes suitable for going out.
How did this happen? I wanted to come clean. I thought if we talked about it—
After quickly dressing, Dion stormed to the front door.
“Where are you going?”
“Out,” Dion said without looking at Kenji. “Does that meet with your approval?”
“Dion, don’t be—”
The sound of the door slamming rang in Kenji’s ears. Footsteps fell hard and fast down the stairs. When they stopped, he looked away from the door. He closed his eyes at the muffled sound of another door slamming hard two floors below. When he opened his eyes a few minutes later, he looked down, surprised to see dots of blood on the seat of the recliner. He opened his hands and saw that his fingernails had broken the skin of his palms.
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