Ancient House of Cards

by Bryan T. Clark

Ancient House of Cards - Bryan T. Clark
Editions:Kindle: $ 2.99 USD
ISBN: 9781494955175
Pages: 196

Sebastian Morales is smart, gorgeous, and has just turned 30. He is also one of the youngest priests to be assigned to the sleepy little town of Morris, Colorado, nestled just below the majestic Rocky Mountains.

Born in a remote village in Spain, Father Morales’s life had been perfectly scripted as he obtained his dreams. Now in America, he is tasked with revitalizing an aging congregation. The job seems easy, until he meets Ian Stephens. Ian is troubled, good looking, openly gay, and trapped between his own dreams and the responsibility he feels for caring for his aging mother.

Escorting his mother to Sunday mass one morning, Ian’s and Father Morales’s lives intersect, changing both forever. Ian believes he has seen something in the Father’s eyes that morning—a spark, an intuition—or was he just fantasizing about the seductively alluring priest?

Ian is willing to risk it all in order to find the answer, in turn feeding his own sexual desires and causing boundaries to be questioned by everyone.

After an unforeseen yet unforgettable kiss between the two men, will an Ancient House of Cards be toppled when they are faced with the moral dilemma that neither of them can escape?

 

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Pairings: MM
Heat Level: 3
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Age Difference, Cheating, Coming Out / Closeted, Find Love and Come Out, First Time, Forbidden Love, Hurt / Comfort
Word Count: 69,320
Languages Available: English
Reviews:Prettyasapix15 on Amazon wrote:

Five Stars:
Omg!!!! I so love this book. Can't wait for the next ones ... I would so totally recommend this book... Love it

Xavier on Amazon wrote:

Five Stars:
The themes are so universal and the characters are so well-developed,you feel that you're right there with them! I am going to need a sequel!

Nora on Amazon wrote:

Four Stars:
I can't speak for anyone else and don't want to give anything away, but there were so many times when I really wanted to slap Ian. He is so wrapped up in himself and yet not self aware that he ends up hurting those who least deserve it. He is given a precious gift and devalues it in the worst way possible. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it, but be aware that it is not a HEA in the manner that you would expect. It is a more realistic outcome, based on everything that is revealed, but it was so very sad to see how things played out. Loved Niles and found it ironic that the relationship which seemed to be somewhat secretive at one point, and maybe leading to some negative surprises (with his boyfriend) turned out to be just the opposite. Thought the revelations about Lucille really helped to show why she did the things she did. Loved Sebastian and how he dealt with things putting Ian first. Still wished that Ian could have learned things a little bit earlier and figured out Julian himself, instead of doing so only after Julian proved what he was time and time again. Dysfunctional doesn't begin to describe it. I recommend the book, I just wish it didn't leave me feeling so unexpectedly sad


About the Author

Bryan Thomas Clark is a funny, loving, family-oriented, and proud member of the LGBTQ community. After twenty-seven years in law enforcement, Bryan retired in 2015 to focus on his writing full time. Behind his computer, working on his next novel, Bryan writes Sweet Romance with real emotions that represent the moral dilemma that his characters face in their pursuit of love. He brilliantly weaves real life situations filled with difficult challenges, where his vibrant characters experience personal growth, and of course, what we all desire, lasting love.

When Bryan isn’t writing, he enjoys traveling, lying by a body of water soaking up the sun, and watching a good movie while snuggled up with his husband and their loyal companion (Nettie the Sheepadoodle) on the couch.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Bryan has made his home and life in the Central Valley of California