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"A gut-churning, heart-wrenching, blockbuster of a first novel...Parks-Ramage is an extraordinary new talent and Yes, Daddy is truly something special." (Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things)

A propulsive, scorching modern gothic, Yes, Daddy follows an ambitious young man who is lured by an older, successful playwright into a dizzying world of wealth and an idyllic Hamptons home where things take a nightmarish turn.

Jonah Keller moved to New York City with dreams of becoming a successful playwright, but, for the time being, lives in a rundown sublet in Bushwick, working extra hours at a restaurant only to barely make rent. When he stumbles upon a photo of Richard Shriver - the glamorous Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and quite possibly the stepping stone to the fame he craves - Jonah orchestrates their meeting. The two begin a hungry, passionate affair.

When summer arrives, Richard invites his young lover for a spell at his sprawling estate in the Hamptons. A tall iron fence surrounds the idyllic compound where Richard and a few of his close artist friends entertain, have lavish dinners, and - Jonah can’t help but notice - employ a waitstaff of young, attractive gay men, many of whom sport ugly bruises. Soon, Jonah is cast out of Richard’s good graces and a sinister underlay begins to emerge. As a series of transgressions lead inexorably to a violent climax, Jonah hurtles toward a decisive revenge that will shape the rest of his life.

Riveting, unpredictable, and thoroughly enjoyable, Yes, Daddy is an exploration of class, power dynamics, and the nuances of victimhood and complicity. It burns with weight and clarity - and offers hope that stories may hold the key to our healing.

©2021 by Jonathan Parks-Ramage (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Secretly about Christianity

It’s a dark story and an interesting one, but unfortunately it keeps coming back to Christianity. The narration is good, and story will keep you engaged, but it weakens in the second half.

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A train wreck of stupidity wrapped in laziness and boring, unapologetic ‘gay-mafia’ conspiracies.

No possible suspension of disbelief could make this remotely entertaining. This story is a compilation of far better ideas stolen and mashed together into an ambrosia of crap and “2007 Beaujolais.”

Featuring:

- a kabal of rich, gay, dirty old men (sex fiends into rape and torture, of course) led by an incestuous trickster with hardcore mommy issues;

- unbelievably beautiful, strong and strapping young men stolen off the streets and park benches of NYC and fooled into indentured servitude, yet always maintaining tight abs, huge biceps and rock hard buttocks;

- flabby, decrepit, drunk and lechereous old queens that somehow violently over power and out-pace the huge-muscles and six-foot frames of their questionably captive sex slaves;

- tired old tropes ripped from the sermons of homophobic preachers and gossipy rag-mags disguised as timely exposés into the world of #metoo-era homosexual life;

- deceitful and cruel Christians of all stripes;

- tragicomically predictable death, destruction and mayhem interwoven with wretchedly sappy sentimentality and laborious attempts at various forms of forgiveness;

- and, a self-righteous insistence on the perpetuation of victimhood.

The only gay character that isn’t a serial rapist, a self-loathing repressive or a bitchy old queen (or all of the above) is the sassy femme with a heart of gold.

Tedious AF.

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christian gaslighting

This book tries to take this brilliant concept of reframing transactional sex into something that actually had such an opportunity for a novel that introduced some cultural nuance. Instead, it lures readers in and then proceeds to gaslight them into questioning and shaming any kind of non normative sexual conduct and then go to tell them that “Christ’s light is the answer” in its conclusion. This book is dangerous for queer men, especially those who might have any experiences of sexual trauma or transactional sex in their past.

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Me Too

This book is fiction but it does reflect a lot of what has happen in the reason years with powerful men abusing there power and taking advantage of others. We all saw them fall from grace and we all saw their true nature.

This story we follow a young man who went thru the same thing. I do wish the author would have gone more in depth with what he went thru afterwards because the story does focus more on what he went thru and the ending was the result. We do see how he was pulled into this world and tricked into this and at times I was frustrated that he wasn't strong enough to fight back and to be honest he was always the victim. And this puts the reader in that mind set of wondering what you would do and how people fall to this.

Was this over exaggerated for the purpose of the book? I would say yes but then I heard the stories of what actually has happened and then I think maybe it's not.

It's a good story overall all but I am left unsatisfied. I wish he had burn everything down, that he should have fought back a long time ago. The main character I just found so hard to relate because I was always seeing good opportunities by pass him but he wouldn't take them.

And from a very young age he is easily manipulated and has a high sex drive and has always done risky things so sometimes you do blame him for everything but also feel sympathy because he shouldn't of been treated like that.

I will say that that must be what the book is all about, It's not simple and it's not easy.

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IF YOU DIDNT LIKE A LITTLE LIFE YOU WONT LIKE THIS

sorry, this was amazing. i don’t make the rules!

*take care of yourselves and check out the TW and CW

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A Definite Page Turner

This book touches on many gay stereotypes and archetypes found in the gay community. It also sheds light on very real and current issues that are often times not openly discussed. It hit very close to home on some of the topics, i found it to be a very cathartic experience and loved the book very much. Highly recommend

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Loved

The story evokes all feelings, love, laughter, happiness, courage and anger. it was a great story that keept me listening.

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Just Ok

I didn't hate this book, but I think the entire book could have done with another edit. There were points I was checked out because I didn't really care about the people involved. Also the main character changed so many times during the story that I had a hard time following which way he was headed from chapter to chapter.