Patrick Kelly

"Only Yes Means Yes is a compelling, must-read for both teens and adults." - Rae's Reading Lounge


What’s a launch team?

A team to help me launch my new novel, Only Yes Means Yes, by reading a FREE copy in advance of publication and then posting an honest review on Amazon. I welcome all feedback, both positive and negative.

To achieve success in the self-publication of a novel, it is critical to have three things:

  1. A great book. Advance reviews of Only Yes Means Yes from book bloggers have been excellent. Read a sampling of praise for Only Yes Means Yes below. Click the book cover image to read a description.

  2. A great cover. I love this cover. It conveys the theme and tension of the story artistically.

  3. Credibility through a sufficient number of reviews. This is the mission of the launch team. I welcome all feedback, both positive and negative.

How do I join the launch team?

Simple. Enter your name and email address in the form below or send an email to me at

I will reply to you shortly with a link that will allow you to download the book in whatever electronic means you prefer (Kindle, iBook, .pdf, etc.)

Thank you for joining the launch team. I put a lot of effort into writing Only Yes Means Yes. In the words of my sister—a voracious reader of fiction—Only Yes Means Yes is a terrific read, but it also addresses an important contemporary issue.

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Praise for Only Yes Means Yes

Only Yes Means Yes is a novel by Patrick Kelly about sexual assault on a college campus. The story features three female college students and one male college student.
The story is handled with grace. The characters are given their voices to tell their side of the story. You see them blaming themselves, being blamed, and acting out. Most importantly you see them standing strong and fighting back.

This is such an important topic, and it is one that I am glad Kelly has brought to light. While the book is fiction, it is a great way to start a conversation about sexual assault on a university campus.

The writing was very strong. The characters were full of depth and individuality. I was pulled right into their world and experienced a wide depth of emotions. I am extremely glad that I decided to pick up Only Yes Means Yes.”  —The Book Recluse Review

“Kelly did a wonderful job of portraying the predatory nature of Colin Jordan, the way that he—and others—view what constitutes sexual assault. He also did a beautiful job of telling these women's stories, what a survivor goes through, from the moment it happens and life after. Only Yes Means Yes is a compelling, must-read for both teens and adults.”  —Rae’s Reading Lounge

“I was hesitant about reading this book at first because of the inclusion of a sexual predator as a character. However, I am glad I did as I feel like this book really explored real-world issues through a fictional lens. Colin Jordan was an awful character that had everything handed to him, yet instead of just being happy with his life he ended up a sexual predator that was quite easy to hate.”  —Sefina Hawke’s Books 

“Each of the three women, Lauren, Brooke, and Nikki, tell their story in their own way. The women support each other against their perpetrator, Colin. They each feel guilt, remorse, and anger about the situation, and who could blame them?

This story is well written, and I had a hard time putting it down. It may be fiction but there is a lot of truth to the story, and it does happen more than we would probably like to admit on college campuses.”  —Storey Book Reviews