“Beneath the Palisade: Reliance” by Joel Skelton— A Brush with Death

Skelton, Joel. “Beneath the Palisade: Reliance”, Dreamspinner Press, 2012.

A Brush with Death

Amos Lassen

Harper Callahan is a young attorney who is doing very well and when he hires Ian Burke to landscape his yard, he discovers that in addition to changing the landscape, Ian manages to find a place in Harper’s heart. Ian reacts with caution but Harper is so good looking that he falls quickly. However, when faced with death, the men re-evaluate their relationship and they decide to buy a Bead and Breakfast on Lake Superior.

This is a wonderful romance about two guys who know their strengths and weakness and fight to stay together. But let me just say that if you do not like to read emotional novels, this may not be the book for you. Personally, I love getting involved in the characters’ lives so I enjoyed every moment of the book. Harper and Ian are not only lovers, they are best friends and they mentor each other. We do not often get such pure romance so this is an absolute pleasure to read.

Of course, there is conflict and there are problems but it is the sweet romance that holds the story together as well as the wonderful prose of Skelton. I read the author’s previous book and really liked so I was really glad to see that he has continued to write and I predict that we will be getting some other wonderful books from him as well.

One reviewer remarked that there is nothing new in this book—just the same old, same old romance and I have to challenge that. Love stories are never new but the ways they are written are always different and dare I say, new? That should explain the confusion.

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  1. Joel Skelton

    Amos –
    I was thrilled to read your wonderful review this morning of Reliance. I know there are many books that find their way onto your desk and to have you respond in such a positive way to my book, means the world to me. Thank you so much!

    Warmest regards,

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