Wynn Wagner books


Brent: the Heart Reader


A new age romance by Wynn Wagner

Brent is a tarot reader, a young man whose adopted family doesn’t like tarot readers or gays or Swedes or anything else that Brent can bring to the discussion.  One of his tarot readings is for a young Sioux man, and that’s where Brent’s old life stops. Brent’s finds a whole new life that is full of wonder and adventure, as he learns to read his own heart first.

Viking meets Sioux — fireworks.

BRENT: THE HEART READER is the tender and sexy story of self-awareness and acceptance as this wounded healer lets himself fall in love with a wonderful man.


Paperback ISBN 978-1470072841
Hardback ISBN 978-1-105-61875-8
e-Book ISBN 978-1620955758
Size 5 x 8 in. (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Pages 316
BISAC Fiction / Gay (adult content)
Tags new age, tarot, lgbt, romance, gay, gay adoption

Brent the Heart Reader, narrated by Chris Patton

Audiobook, narrated by Chris Patton

Retired archbishop: I get that. I even can see how you might write gay fiction. It’s a niche, but I can see it. Bestseller on top of everything else: mazel tov. Explicit, which is cool. Now you know tarot? The hell? Dude, pick a lane.

Parker B. Olsson, irascible New Yorker

I always enjoy reading Wynn Wagner and not just because he is an excellent writer…. I am constantly amazed at not only what Wagner writes but the fact that he knows so much about so many different things, Furthermore; he is willing to share what he knows with us. The story is sexy but it is also a tender love story that not only deserves your attention but merits it.

Amos Lasson

Brent: the Heart Reader

BRENT: THE HEART READER is the 2012 winner of the Gay Book Hall of Fame.

BRENT: THE HEART READER is the 2012 winner of the Gay Book Hall of Fame.



  1. CherylInnisDC
    Apr 05, 2012

    This is an amazing book about a young tarot reader. The guy is the narrator of this LGBT romance. He is full of faults, but I found myself liking him intensely. The cast of characters in this zippy read are awesome. Takoda is the Sioux guy who came for a reading and becomes Brent’s love interest. Kaela is a hoot. She is Brent’s best friend, and she is brash and in your face. Nice works like a CSI tech, and he’s got the zippiest banter of anybody.

    I didn’t think I’d like this book because I am not into tarot, but I am very much interested in men in love (lesbian fiction, too). Brent is an honest story that is fast-moving and full of crazy twists.

    The narrator was adopted, and his adopted family doesn’t like queers. Too bad for them!!! I was adopted too, so I can really relate to what the author says about blood-relations.

    If you are looking for a romanic story about men, this needs to be at the top of your list.

  2. ParkerBOlsson
    Apr 05, 2012

    Completely amazing. I do not have enough stars to say what I really feel about this book. I only wish that we had such positive role models for gays when I was a kid. The narrator is BRENT, and he is Swedish (like me) and adopted (like me again) and a tarot reader (two out of three ain’t bad, you know).

    So his adopted family hates his guts, and Brent has to deal with that which he does with good humor and a VERY positive approach to almost everything. He complains a lot, but you can tell that his head is in a good place.

    He meets the love of his life during a tarot reading. The other guy is Sioux and astonishingly well-adjusted to just about everything. Wynn Wagner throws a fast moving story. If you don’t like brash people telling it like it is, you may not be ready for this. Maybe if your IQ isn’t up there, you won’t be able to keep up because the story throws plot devices at you and moves on without dwelling.

    This is a very fast read. It is also a very smart read. You can’t be a prude with this story!

    I think it was Nathanial Hawthorne who said something like “easy to read” is really “hard to write.” I am pleased to say that Wynn Wagner hit this easy-to-read book out of the park.

    It is a great read.

  3. AgathaCassella
    Apr 05, 2012

    I am an astrologer and a Wiccan. The author of this book says he is Christian, but the plot and characters ring quite true to me.

    The characters are brash and loving all at the same time. Parts of the book made me laugh out loud. Other parts (like Takoda calling out for Rune) made me cry a little. There is so much happiness and love in this story.

    Wynn Wagner is a captivating and exceptional writer.

  4. AmosLassen
    Apr 17, 2012

    An Old Life Stops, a New Life Begins

    Amos Lassen

    I always enjoy reading Wynn Wagner and not just because he is an excellent writer. Mainly I like that he does not hold back on how he feels about how organized religion affects our lives and he does so from a point of authority. For him, “marriage apartheid at the expense of personal rights” is disgusting and not only unfair but ungodly. He and his partner were married in the Old Catholic Church for just that reason. Wagner has a degree in theology (a doctorate, no less) so when he speaks, he knows what he is speaking about and his thoughts about religion permeate his books.

    Here, the main character, Brent, is a tarot reader and he is an adopted child (like Wagner himself was). His adopted family doesn’t like tarot readers “or gays (as Wagner is) or Swedes” (as Wagner was born) and in fact they do not like much of anything Brent has to say. Once at a reading for a young Sioux, Brent receives a revelation that causes him to realize that his life is mundane and sad and there is a better life out there filled “with wonder and adventure”. Brent learns how to understand his own heart and in doing so becomes self-aware and self-accepting and falls in love with another man. Here is the message—to know ourselves, to accept ourselves and to love ourselves are the first steps to being able to love someone else.

    I am constantly amazed at not only what Wagner writes but the fact that he knows so much about so many different things, Furthermore; he is willing to share what he knows with us. The story is sexy but it is also a tender love story that not only deserves your attention but merits it.

  5. Lena Grey
    Apr 29, 2012

    by Lena Grey

    “I believe that nothing in life is coincidence, everything that happens to us is part of our destiny. We meet the right people at the right moment in our lives when we need it. It does not happen before or after; it just happens at the right moment.” ~ Lilly


For Brent, of ‘Brent The Heart Reader’ by Wynn Wagner, life doesn’t seem all that fantastic. In fact, it seems downright awful, yet Brent holds on to the truth that things will turn out for the best. As his past is cleared away, literally in some instances and figuratively in others, he struggles with his purpose. Brent attracts wonderful people who chose to travel with him as Brent journeys toward a better understanding of himself and his true purpose. After serious soul searching, Brent is able to put things in perspective and accept the gift of love which the Universe is offering him.

    I identified with Brent right away, probably because I’ve been through some of the spiritual dilemmas that he’s experienced. He’s a wounded healer, able to help everyone but himself. Even though he complains a lot, he does so with a great sense of humor; it’s his way of processing life. Brent is a good friend, he has a good heart; and he’s continually giving of himself without receiving. Brent is trying to find his balance in a very confusing world, which often seems to be conspiring against him. I admire his strength and his tenacity as he goes against the grain; Brent is true to himself. He strives to always choose the high road, even though he knows it will be more difficult.


Wynn expertly weaves the mystical elements into the story, illustrating the concepts by examples, in Brent’s, his lover, Takota’s, and the other characters’ emotional, physical, and spiritual reactions to them. This approach enables the reader to be able appreciate and join in their experiences, rather than merely having educational but emotionless words explaining the concepts.


I guessed from the subject matter, and the gorgeous cover, that I would like this book, but it was even better than I had imagined. Wynn’s style is fast, witty, cheeky, sensual, intimate, and informative. It’s a very fulfilling story with lots of emotional ups and downs, suspense, intrigue, spirituality, balance, and love. It reminds us that everything, especially the Universe, requires balance and that every cause has an effect. If you’re up for a sensual love story which is very pleasurable, but very informative as well, ‘Brent the Heart Reader’ may be for you. Wynn, thank you for sharing your talent and wisdom with me and making me think.


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