4 Stars for Double Take by J.K. Pendragon #GenderQueer #Poly @JKPendragon


Title: Double Take
Author Name & Publisher: J.K. Pendragon (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 28, 2015 – 48 pgs


Studying magical science at the prestigious Kemet Academy is a privilege and dream come true for Teka, a poor student from D’mt. But focusing on school doesn’t mean xe can’t also admire Hasani, the handsome graduate student overseeing Teka’s work.

Then late one night at the school library, Teka runs Hasani and is completely astonished when the stern, quiet man xe knows by day acts so flirty and casual, it’s like he’s a different person. When the late night encounter leads to dating, Teka can scarcely believe xyr luck.

But the luck plays out when xe discovers why Hasani seems so different between night and day, a discovery that seems to have no resolution except heartache…

Warning: This story contains incest

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I’m not sure where to start with this. I liked the genderqueer aspect of the story, and Teka was a great character. The Egyptian/magical setting had the feel to me of being similar to Manga/yaoi, which I also liked. I thought the world the author created was interesting, and I would love to read more stories set there.

I hadn’t known going into it about one of the taboo aspects of the story, which I think would have been good to know ahead of time (and I’m not really sure how to discuss it without spoilers). It didn’t necessarily bother me because there was no power imbalance, and it’s not really a hard limit or particularly upsetting for me. However, it’s not my usual kind of thing, and I think some others might be more bothered than I was.

Overall, it was very well-written and a quick, easy read with likable characters.
Amy M.


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J. K. Pendragon is a genderqueer author hailing from British Columbia, Canada. They have been writing and telling stories from a young age, and enjoy writing in a variety of different genres, although their home-base is fantasy and speculative fiction. J.K. came to the queer romance genre through m/m, but has since branched off to writing f/f and trans stories as well, believing strongly in the importance of diversity in romance and media in general. A social recluse at heart, J.K. likes peace and solitude, with the exception of attention from their doting partner and cold disdain from their overlord/cat. You can reach them by email at jes.k.pendragon@gmail.com or tweet them at @JKPendragon.

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