Author: T.A. McKay
Release date: May 8, 2017
Reviewed by Lilith
Cover art: Cover shows a beautiful blue sky and a field with tall grass, a silhouette of a man is staring off into the distance. Title and author name is clear, tagline on cover reads “ We all dream of finding that one true love…” . Goes well with the overall theme of the book.
Synopsis: Good intro to the story, notes the domestic violence scenes. However doesn’t mention sexual assault. There is a descriptive scene and mention of it in the book. Due to some content I would advise for adult only readers.
Plot: Ares is a young man who barely escaped with his life from an abusive marriage. Afraid to let anyone in out of fear, he meets Kohan at his new job. Kohan offers friendship and helps Ares learn to trust again. However his ex is still a threatening shadow from the past that still threatens a happy future.
The plot is very descriptive of the domestic violence scenes, which adds a realism to the story. As you read you can feel the emotions of the characters. This book is not for the faint of heart.
Main characters: Ares – He lost his hearing due to a violent assault by his husband and still suffers from anxiety and PTSD. He works with clay as a hobby and has an addiction to jelly beans. Works as a cleaner at the local news office
Kohan – He’s a reporter and 1 of 5 brothers. He befriends Ares and helps him to learn to live again.
Secondary characters: Sophie is Kohan’s bff, a fiery red head who is either your best friend or worst nightmare. Carey is Kohan’s brother who is the main caretaker to their mom and comes to realize he is also attracted to men. Micah is the villain here. He is Ares’ possessive ex who almost killed him and was jailed for the attempt.
Editing and flow: Chapters are clearly divided so it’s clear who is speaking. The names are clearly written in bright letters. There was a slight editing issue but the story was so engrossing that even I barely saw them. The author is English and writes using UK English and expressions, so some of what looked like an error was simply an uncommon phrase to me.
Conflict and climax: The story builds slowly. It showed a natural timeline for the issues that Ares had. Once the action started it accelerated and I couldn’t put the book down until I was crying with them. The climactic scene was well written and descriptive, with the circumstances of how Ares was finally safe added as a bonus chapter. I cried and felt the characters fear. My heart was hurting for them. The final scene was heartwarming and ended in a hea.
Summary: This is a well written story about a topic that affects many. The author captured the emotions and conveyed them is such a way that you feel and experience them all. I highly recommend this book. She included links to domestic violence hotlines at the back, I’ll include them here. If you are or know of someone who needs help don’t be ashamed to reach out.
UK:- National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428 E: help@ galop.org.uk http:// http://www.galop.org.uk/ news/ galop-to-run-national-lgbt-domestic-violence-helpline/ Stonewall http:// http://www.stonewall.org.uk/ help-advice/ criminal-law/domestic-violence Refuge 0808 2000 247 http://www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk
U.S:- US Domestic Abuse Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project: 1-800-832-1901 Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) http://www.glbthotline.org http://www.safehousecenter.org http:// gmdvp.org/ gmdvp/
I give this book a 9.5 out of 10