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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Brothers LaFon, Part One: Crucial Lessons by Joseph Lance Tonlet Review

AUTHOR:  Joseph Lance Tonlet
BOOK TITLE:  Brothers LaFon, Part One: Crucial Lessons
RELEASE DATE:  02/28/2015
PUBLISHER:  JLT Publishing
COVER GRAPHIC ARTISTS:  Bey Deckard & Preston Hultz
GENRE:  M/M, NON-Con Erotica, Thriller
LENGTH:  Novelette, 16k Words, 60 Pages


Alexander LaFon lives a nightmare, but he deals with it. Deals with the fact that his mother abandoned him as an infant, deals with the fact that his father is never home, and deals with the fact that his older brother, Jeremiah, tortures him.
He dreams of escaping his mobile-home prison and finding a normal life. Of breaking free of his agony, finding a woman to love, becoming a teacher.
But some horrors you can never outrun. There's nowhere to hide. Some nightmares chase you in your sleep and steal your freedom like a brutal thief. Some brothers never give up and never answer why.
Note: This book contains graphic violence, non-consensual sex, child abuse, and animal cruelty.



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Joseph is a born and raised Southern Californian—with a twenty-year stint of living in the Midwest. He loves the laid-back lifestyle of San Diego and considers himself lucky to live where people dream of vacationing.
A lifelong reader of m/m fiction, he began his writing career one night sitting at his MacBook and has never looked back. He writes to bring the characters he dreams about to life.


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Writing Evil

Writing Jeremiah (Miah), the psychotic antagonist in my latest novelette release, Brothers LaFon, was nothing short of a blast. 

 “I know I’m not normal…like other people. I don’t feel things like other folks do.”

He sighed, released his light grip on his brother's throat, and ran his palm across the younger man's lean forearm.

“I know I hurt you—that I intend to hurt you—and it makes me feel good to hear your screams and pleas, to see the blood and scars. But your pain, what it means to you, it has no effect on me; I don’t feel anything about it in regards to you as a person. I don’t feel…empathy, Alexander.”

Actors routinely comment that portraying the villain is vastly more fun than playing the victim. I can now say, at least for this author, it's very enjoyable to write them too.

Reading takes us on a journey—an adventure into another time and place, with fresh faces to learn, and experiences to live. Witnessing front row, the age-old paradox between good and evil can be thrilling...and horrifying. Particularly when the evil is truly heinous.

A reader, and fellow author, recently described her feelings about Jeremiah like this:

"I go balls in when I find a character like this. The need’s there to pull him from the pages, tie him down in a padded cell, break him enough to see how he ticks... and it disturbs the hell out of me that Miah fascinates me like this: there’s nothing, and I mean NOTHING redeemable about him. But... but..."

As I've mentioned on this blog tour, writing a character who has no moral compass, who feels nothing beyond his own needs and gratification, is almost euphoric; the possibilities are nearly limitless. Indeed, without a conscious, the character can go in any direction...and certainly bound into the darkest of places most characters would never venture.

But, most importantly, reading a character like Jeremiah takes us on a journey which allows us to—hopefully—feel deeply, while pondering the character's unfathomable motivations, and, with what's left over, encourage the victim, in this case his own brother, to not lose hope.

Another reader said: 

"Disturbed, sadistic and manipulative bastard. That is Miah on the outside. On the inside, he is very complex, and the whole time, you just want to understand... Alex is so sweet and conflicted and just trying to survive. My heart broke for him so many times until he finally makes his break."

Yeah, I had a complete blast writing the twistedness of Jeremiah. But if I did it correctly, it wasn't half as much fun as reading about him will be.



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Brothers LaFon, Part One: Crucial Lessons (Brothers LaFon, #1)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my first book from JLT. I had no idea if he was a good writer or not. After finishing this, I have to say, he's got the skills. I read the warnings before starting this book. I like dark so I moved forward.

This novella is about two brothers. Miah is a true psychopath/sociopath. He's willing to go to inhuman lengths without batting and eye. His greatest pleasure is physically and psychologically torturing his little brother Alex. Alex lives in hell made by a brother he cannot reason with no matter how much he begs or cries. The ultimate kicker is despite how much pain and degradation Alex endures at the hands of Miah, he still loves his brother.

For about a day after reading, I was speechless except for rambling curses.

The dark in it is about as dark as a story can get without becoming horror. The bad things are so wrong; yet, I still felt drawn to what was happening. There are no boundaries in this novella. I had no idea where it would go next, and I cannot wait for the next installment to discover the brothers' fates.

If you don't like truly dark reads, this is not for you. I suggest you take the warnings seriously.

4.5 scars

***copy given in exchange for an honest review***



  1. This sounds like a very interesting book and I look forward to reading it.

  2. Toni,

    Thanks SO much for hosting me - I'm very honored!

    JLT =)

  3. cant wait to read sounds like a great story

  4. Reviewers love your book but I am really kind of scared of it! All I can say is the few excerpts I've read portray more abuse than I have ever been exposed to! I hope you have nice dreams too! Thanks for the chance :)

    1. Suzanne,

      *blush* I'm overwhelmed with the positive response from reviewers. Like totally speechless!

      It is a very strong that I dearly hope involkes a lot of emotion. I mean, that's why I read...I want to feel something new, and different, and thrilling. If Brothers LaFon manages to do that with its readers...well, I couldn't ask for anything more, ya know? =)

      Thanks for the comments!

      JLT =)

      (I hit the publish button too soon below - so I deleted. *goofy grin*)

  5. Joseph Lance Tonlet is a new author for me and I find that my interest is caught. Congratulations! I see that both Brothers LaFon and Grif's Toy have a 4.9 rating! I have put both on my WANT TO READ List. Thank you for the opportunity!

    1. Ree Dee,

      Thanks for the kind words! I sincerely hope you enjoy =)