A poor, widowed mother, Lorene, and her scrawny, young son, Jack have to sell their prized cow, Pearly White, during a drought on their farm. Jack trades Pearly White to a strange, nearly naked old man for five magical beans. Despite his mother’s disbelief in the magic of the beans, Jack wakes up in the morning, finding a giant beanstalk growing outside his bedroom window. Climbing up the stem, he finds another world with a giant castle, inhabited by two giants, Master and Slave. Jack hides from Master who feasts on young, handsome wimps. After Master falls asleep, Jack steals his bag of gold coins and flees toward the beanstalk. Before he slides down the beanstalk, Jack notices a handsome naked man, his size who stares back at him. Their eyes are locked in a gaze until they hear the thumping of Giant and Slave’s pursuit. With the new gold coins, Jack saves the farm and hires two men to work as farmhands, Zeke and Adam. Jack climbs the beanstalk again and meets the naked man, Sam, while stealing a chicken that lays gold eggs from Giant and Slave. But with the giants hunting Jack with the chicken, the young man must flee again down the beanstalk. The farm prospers. Jack is pursued in love by the two farmhands and other young men. But Jack is drawn to pursue Sam again and tempt stealing more wealth from Master and Slave. Do Jack and Sam survive the wrath of the two giants and consummate their love?
Book 1 of the Jack's Magical Beanstalk Series
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Pablo Michaels’ Jack and The Magical Beanstalk is a charming and sexy retelling of the classic Jack and the Beanstalk fairytale. This story catalogues Jack’s exploits with the magic beans, the beanstalk, the scary Giant, the Giant’s slave, various farmhands, and a naked man from the clouds named Sam. Jack, although teased as being a wimp when younger, steps up to many adventures as he matures, sexual and otherwise. He is not afraid to take on the Giant repeatedly in order to help his family and their farm, meeting and falling in love with Sam in the process. Although a tad simplistic, this truly is an enchanting little story and one that held my interest throughout. *I was given a copy of this book by the author and voluntarily chose to review. All opinions are my own.
Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite Jack and the Magical Beanstalk by Pablo Michaels is a twist on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Before Jack was born, his mother, Lorene, was at a fair. A group of youths bullied her until a large man, Bill, came to her rescue and scared them away. She repaid him with one of her prize-winning pies and a home-cooked meal. Lorene and Bill married soon after, and moved to a farm with prize-winning cow, Pearly White, and some crops. Two years later, Jack was born. After losing his father in a tragic accident when Jack was five, he witnessed his mother scream and curse at the heavens. Each year after that their crops failed and Jack would deliver milk to the markets, where he would be bullied constantly. He took to painting and used it as an escape. Before long, Pearly White stopped producing milk. Jack took her to the market to sell, but instead traded the cow for five genital-shaped beans (and a few sexual favors). When Lorene threw the beans out the window in a fit of anger, they grew into a giant vibrating beanstalk which disappeared into the clouds. After climbing the beanstalk to the very top, Jack soon realized that the castle above the clouds was about to challenge and fulfil his every sexual desire. Pablo Michaels certainly knows how to tell an erotic tale, and then some. Jack and the Magical Beanstalk threw me into a genre which I had never before encountered. The backstory of how Jack’s parents met and conceived Jack added depth to each of the characters and the reaction of Jack’s mother to Bill’s death was gut-wrenching. But the story quickly changed to one of spicy male-on-male erotica which I found to be quite humorous in places, such as the shape of the beans and how they were acquired. I found Pablo Michael’s story to be well written and entertaining. I recommend this book to mature readers who are interested in steamy gay erotica mixed with quite a bit of humor.
I am giving Jack and the Magical Beanstalk 3.5 STARS as I have mixed feelings about this story. First, as a fairy tale turned adult read, I think that the author did a really good job in making that transition and I found myself chuckling a time or two. The thing is that this is my first fairy tale turned adult read and my first read from this author, so I'm not sure if the one-dimensional emotional depth to the story is par for the course in this type of read or if this is simply the author's writing style. So, I'll start with what I liked about the story. There weren't many noticeable errors in the writing and editing which made this an easy and pleasurable read. I liked the few laughs and the steamy MM and MMM scenes in the story too. I was a little bit uncomfortable with one of Jack's artistic renderings of his father who'd passed away when Jack was five years old. When you read the story yourself you should be able to determine which sketch I am referring to. And as I've already mentioned, I do prefer a little more depth to a story and to the characters. Overall, this is an uncomplicated, fun read and I will be reading more from this author.