Book Review - Dessert Son by Glenn Maynard | Blushing Geek

Book Review – Dessert Son by Glenn Maynard

Dessert Son by Glenn Maynard | Blushing Geek

Dessert Son by Glenn Maynard
Published on February 13th 2014 by Black Rose Writing
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 188
Source: Book Review Request
Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Carter Spence is a 26 year-old accountant out of Boston who has an out-of-body experience following a car accident that kills his parents. He views the chaos from above the scene of the accident, then passes through the tunnel and reunites with relatives who have long been dead. A woman he does not recognize approaches him and says, “Welcome, son.” Her message to him is that he needs to be aware of his true identity and should follow signs that will lead him there. She mentions mountains, but Carter is jolted back into his physical body before she can finish. After burying his parents, Carter heads west and meets a free-spirit named Brenda, whom he is drawn to on many levels. She becomes his travelling companion and leads him to Boulder, Colorado, and to an old white house of an old man named Martin. Diaries, hypnosis, and past-life regression reveal a bizarre connection between these three. Carter discovers that the truth to his identity can only be found by pursuing the answer to whether he is the reincarnation of his biological father in what is shaping up to be a love affair rekindled beyond the grave.


This is actually the first time that I’ve got to read a book from the author so I really don’t know what to expect; whether I’m going to like it or not. At first, he offered me to read and review the sequel of this book, the Wayward Soul, but I never read a sequel without starting its first book even though the author already assured that it can be read standalone. And I’m a kind of person who never breaks her habits. *wink

I admit that when I first read the preview of this book, I was really intrigued (to the highest level). I’ve read religious books before and stories that have heaven or even life after death, but this book is more than that. Imagine, “life after death” and “out of body” experience in just one book plus the addition of hypnosis, and past-life regression! Isn’t that intense? And it’s all because of that that it spiked my expectation too high that I’m afraid it’ll reach the rooftop in heaven. *lol

Desert Son started with an “out of body” experience by Carter (main male character) after an accident he’s been through which resulted in the death of both his parents. Considering the number of pages of this book, I really don’t have any idea how the author is going to end this story, because unfortunately for me, it started too slow that made this story too challenging for me to finish. It only comprises 188 pages with 25 chapters.  For normal circumstances, I could have finished it in just one sitting. But to my dismay, it took me 3 days!

In its first few chapters, we were introduced to Carter; about his life before and after the incident. I’m never a fan of descriptive stories so no wonder I didn’t enjoy it as much.

The story soon catches up and new characters are introduced. Some of Carter’s questions (including mine) were answered and all of those disheveled parts finally make sense. 

For the story’s plot, I admit that the author had it big time! I love the idea of combining them all in just one book, though I admit that I wasn’t that impressed at all on how it was written. I’m a sucker for suspense so I was really disappointed that I only had experienced a few of those in this story. Also, I just think that there are some scenes that don’t need to be added or seem a bit questionable, but overall it was still a good read.

And for its characters, I applaud the author for introducing them briefly yet understandable. Though I admit that I had some hard time imagining what the characters would look like in real person especially, Carter. 

Half of its contents started too slow but once you get a hold of it and pursue reading, you will be rewarded with amazing discoveries and acquainted with intense revelations.

Even if this book didn’t provide me with what I’ve expected, I’m still open to reading its sequel. Why? Because in a series, it isn’t the first book that has its treasure, but it’s in the next and the next and the next, until you reach the last of it, *wink.

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