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Two Lips Reviews
Written by Frost
Thursday, 19 April 2007
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Taino Ti: by K.B. Forrest

Yuis is an artist whose spirit lives in another world. In art school, the instructors called his work stilted, but when he tried to create art to please them, his spirit wilted. So he took a job as a journalist to please his father. Now he dreams nightly of walking in a lush jungle, following the guidance of a hummingbird, to a circle of figures who first dissipate into skeletons and then harden into stone when he fails again to save them. An altercation with his boss and his father impels Yuis to head for New York City with a portfolio of his drawings, which results in continued rejections until he stumbles onto a Puerto Rican gallery showcasing the art of the Taino tribe, an indigenous Puerto Rican people conquered by Europeans centuries ago.

The gallery owner, Felipe, is astonished at Yuis' drawings of the Zemis, the stone faces, and at Yuis' ethereal beauty. Felipe refuses at first to believe that Yuis hasn't drawn these in person, and suspects him to be an FBI agent investigating antiquities theft. Yet he also realises that only a Taino shaman could create such art. Meanwhile, his recent decision to acknowledge to himself his sexual orientation has inspired dreams, and now a tremendous desire for Yuis, a man he perhaps could love.

Taino Ti is a fascinating and complex tale of metaphysics and love, romance and history. Characters who are deeply-delineated and a quick-moving plot capture and maintain the reader's attention. The background detail and vividly descriptive settings add to the excitement of the story, and make Taino Ti an excellent reading selection. Author K. B. Forrest has penned a definite winner in Taino Ti.

Fallen Angel Reviews
Reviewed by: Teresa

Taino Ti: by K.B. Forrest

Taino Ti by K.B. Forrest is a homoerotic fantasy story.

Yuis has always been different from everyone one else and the only one that truly accepts him is his mother. He loves to paint, but his college professors had no use for his painting style, which is vastly different than anything they have ever seen before. On top of that, he frequently has dreams, both waking and sleeping, about jungles where he seems be truly at home. The only problem is that Yuis has never been in the jungle in his life. His dreams always repeat as if they are trying to tell him something, but what it is he doesn't know. Yuis decides to leave his dead end job to pursue his first love, painting. Yuis meets Felipe Cacique, ann art gallery owner, who both intrigues and frightens Yuis. This connection causes Yuis much trepidation because he knows nothing about Felipe's character and behavior and he sees him in his dreams. Felipe asks Yuis many questions about his artwork and even questions its originality. Add to this another art gallery owner, Albert Freunhoffer, who is possibly interested in Yuis's art, but something doesn't seem right. To make matters worse, Felipe and Albert despise one-another and Yuis seems to be caught between what ever they are fighting over. What are Yuis dreams about and how does Felipe fit into them? What is the connections between Felipe and Albert and does their disagreement bode well for Yuis?

K.B. Forrest painted a beautiful picture that allows the reader to almost see, taste and smell everything that Yuis and Felipe experience. The portrayal of the jungle is full of vibrant descriptions that come alive for the reader. The growing relationship and the conflict between Yuis and Felipe is compelling and holds the reader's interest from the very start. Yuis has many conflicts that he needs to work through before he is able to fulfill his destiny. Felipe is a man of many mysteries, some of which he isn't even aware. Add to this the use of ancient Indian Culture and a mysterious past that gives the added suspense to keep the story hopping. Thanks goes to K.B. Forrest for an incredible read.