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Say it Right (All Saints #2) by A.M. Arthur

Say it RightSay it Right (All Saints #2) by AM Arthur

Released on September 12, 2016

Published by Carina Press

Page count: 352 pages

Categories: M/M, Contemporary, Romance

Blurb:

After his parents kicked him out for being gay, Marc Villegas lived on the streets before getting a second chance. Now he’s giving back by working at a shelter for LGBT teenagers—because helping fight their demons keeps his own at bay. Including his infatuation with the former best friend he’s sure is straight.

Anthony Romano hasn’t seen Marc since Marc left home eight years ago. In his confidant’s absence, Anthony turned to heroin. Now at rock bottom, he has an offer from Marc to help him get clean. Detox is hard and ugly, but not as hard as admitting the truth: he’s in love with Marc. Always has been.

Marc swore he’d never date an addict, but he never dreamed the one in question would be the man he’s always wanted to be with. As the two explore their feelings for each other, Marc faces a difficult choice. Say yes, and it could cost him his sobriety; say no, and it could cost him his heart.

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Our thoughts:

Anyone who’s read my reviews, knows I’m a big fan of AM Arthur. Her Perspectives and Belonging series’ have always resonated with me. I don’t think there’s a book in the bunch that didn’t receive a ‘BAD ASS BOOTS’ review from me. Reading Say It Right brought back all those warm and fuzzies, especially from the Belonging series, back. I love that this current series and the Belinging series intermingle, with Ezra and Donner being friends with Tate and Marc from the shelter. This tie-in brings me joy! Sometimes we don’t want to let go of the characters we like once their book ends. This way, we don’t have to because the cameos keep them alive and well on new pages, in new stories.

Marc works at the  All Saints shelter. He’s put his heart and soul into this endeavor with Tate and Dave. He’s had a rough life and knows what it’s like to be on that side of things. He can relate more than most with the homeless LGBT kids. He gives the shelter his full attention and wants to expand and offer more for the kids.

His little bubble is popped harshly when he comes home and finds a face he hasn’t seen in years. Madeline is Anthony’s sister and she needs Marc’s help. Anthony is missing and likely strung out on drugs again. See, Anthony and Marc were friends as kids. Growing up together and best of buds. Inseparable. When Marc came out, he was kicked out of his house. Left to the streets, he asks Anthony to come with him but he refuses. That was the last Anthony ever saw of Marc and it haunted him. Haunted him so much that he falls apart in an epic way and eventually gets into drugs.

Marc is successful in finding Anthony and he’s determined to get him clean again. What results are a lot of ultimatums, hard truths, and feelings renewed. Marc hasn’t had an easy life. Anthony hasn’t had it easy either. Now they have to trust in themselves and each other. Marc has to break down some of the walls he’s built and pull-up some of the deeply buried truths in order to completely allow Anthony in. Anthony needs to admit why he fell apart to begin with, accept who he is and move forward. Forward for him is being clean, getting a job and mending the hurt he’s caused.

There’s a lot of hard knocks truths in this story. The men aren’t perfect. Their pasts are dark and painful. The future is pretty bright though and if they can get through addiction, the streets, and more, they can get through anything–especially together.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

Review: The Angel of 13th Street (The Angel of 13th Street #1) by Eden Winters

The Angel of 13th StreetThe Angel of 13th Street by Eden Winters

Released March 5, 2016

Published by Rocky Ridge Books

Sales link: Amazon

Blurb:

Noah Everett shed his rent boy existence for a bar and helping young men get a second chance at life. Haunted by those he couldn’t save, he keeps others at bay until his self-imposed loneliness is shattered by ambitious but homeless Jeremy Kincaid.

Aged out of the foster system, Jeremy’s the perfect target for a ruthless pimp like Willie Carnell. He wants no part of any future that includes working for Willie, but without a strong ally, he may not have a choice.

Noah knows exactly what Willie’s capable of, and if he’ll fight for strangers, he’ll fight harder for Jeremy.

Even if it takes confronting his own past.

Rainbow Award Nominee for M/M Contemporary Romance – Honorable Mention (2010)

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Our thoughts:

Noah has escaped a life of homelessness and prostitution to stay alive. Without the help of Billy, he probably wouldn’t have made it for long. Billy was his soul mate, his love. Billy was the reason Noah was led into that lifestyle and also the reason he left it as fast as he could.

Now over a decade later, those memories are haunting him again. A kid, Jeremy, has shown up with the same look as Billy. It triggers many memories from the past for Noah. Jeremy is homeless, trying to attend school, and keep his grades up. He wants to graduate and win a business scholarship. School is everything for him. Being homeless, he’s easy prey for the likes of the local pimp, Willie. Willie’s thugs aren’t leaving Jeremy alone. That’s how Jeremy and Noah cross paths. Now, Noah is determined to help save Jeremy. To get Willie off Jeremy’s back so he can do great things with his smart business sense.

In order for Jeremy to be free of Willie and his thugs, Noah must confront his past and sell a piece of his soul for Jeremy’s freedom and safety.

It’s pretty sad to see what lengths Willie forces Noah to endure for Jeremy’s freedom. I think Noah has always held a torch for his long-lost Billy. Maybe in the far reaches of his mind, he thought Willie might come around and be the Billy that Noah always loved. Billy never returned that love, no matter how much Noah yearned for it.

The Angel of 13th Street is pretty complex. It brings to light the underbelly of homeless youth and their dive into prostitution. Noah got out and is trying to help others, but he will always be up against those willing to sacrifice everything to keep their supply of men for their business- at all costs. Just because Noah and Billy have a history doesn’t mean that Billy, now Willie, will leave him alone.

This novel is also about Noah’s strength to overcome. Even a decade later, he’s still being challenged and threatened. He’s also never been able to let his one true love go. When Jeremy arrives, there’s an attraction and lust for the guy. He pushed Jeremy away because of age, but it’s also because he’s still is not over Billy.

There are romantic undertones, but this is really a story of survival from a harsh world. Overcoming loss of a loved one and doing the right thing. The fact Jeremy and Noah might be able to find what they need with each other is just a little bonus to the real heart of this story, saving those who need saving. Noah is an angel to those boys on the street in need of help.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

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The Guy With The Suitcase
Once Upon a Guy, Book One
  by Chris Ethan
Gay Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Novel length

Synopsis

Pierce is homeless.

Young and strong-willed Pierce has been living in the streets of New York City for six months, since his parents kicked him out of their perfect, Christian, suburban house. Pierce is gay. And he is suffering the consequences for being true to himself.

Rafe is homeless.

He is also sick. Impressionable, but far from innocent, Rafe ran away from home almost a year ago. His sickness is slowly killing him. But Rafe is not a hopeless case. He has learned to get by. Nights of paid passion turn to sheltering warmth from the imminent New York winter.

And then there’s a suitcase. Pierce’s suitcase, which holds secrets from everyone including its owner.

When their worlds collide, their lives intertwine and when the world seems bent on bringing the two souls to their knees, fate has other plans for them.

Caution: Contains adult language, New York City streets, tough life choices, sexual tension, stubborn brutes and swoon-worthy romance.

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Excerpt

He saw a phone booth and the longing to call home clawed in his heart just like his veganism had supposedly and he found himself dialing home in no time.

“Hello!” came the answer from who other than his mom.

“Hi, mom,” he told her.

There was a deafening pause for a few seconds.

“Why are you calling, Pierce? Did you decide to atone for your sins and claim the Heavenly Father as your Lord and Savior again?”

Pierce rolled his eyes. “No,” he told her, “I called to tell you that I found a job last month and soon I’ll be able to afford a room to live in”.

Another long pause. He was trying to determine whether the pause was a delay in the line, or his mother thinking what insult to throw next. “Pierce, you know you always have a home here, with your father and I. All you have to do is ask for forgiveness and stop…sinning,” she said with her shrill voice. A voice that actually had the ability to turn Pierce into the devil his mother was so afraid of.

“I can’t believe your homeless son is calling you after six months and that’s all you have to tell him,” he asked maintaining his calm. For now.

She exhaled with attitude. The attitude that said, “Oh, Pierce, you’re so young and, you know nothing”.

“I cannot give up my place in Heaven because my son has decided to,” she said in a calm manner, “I don’t know what kind of people you’ve met to have made you this way, but I can’t have you sinning under my roof.”

He could picture her in his head. The way she would smile gently. The way her eyes would squint and her cheeks would ball up, forming a fake tenderness that could send Pierce ballistic.

“Go fuck yourself,” he said, and slammed the phone back on the receiver. There were a million things he wanted to tell her. But that seemed to sum everything up. She was not a mother. She was a puppet. And he didn’t know if puppets had the ability to acquire knowledge or even listen.

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Chris Ethan is a book whore. He enjoys selling his feelings for money and other pleasures and is blatantly unashamed to do so for as long as he breathes. Chris Ethan is also a persona for Rhys Christopher Ethan, author of fantasy and sci-fi. He uses Chris Ethan to share stories of adult queer romance with those who need it. Before you delve into his books however, be warned. He likes putting his characters through shitstorms and hates anything conventional. But then there’s that darned happy-ever-after. Also, he likes swearing. Deal with it!

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Teach Me by Sloan Johnson

Teach MePublished 25 November 2014

Published by Sloan Johnson

Copy obtained from author for review.

Synopsis:

Two words stripped Austin Pritchard of the privileged life he’s used to. The moment he uttered the words, “I’m gay,” he realized there is no such thing as unconditional love. Now, he’s gone from traveling the world with his family to living on the streets trying to figure out how he’s going to stay in school.

A chance opportunity changes everything. Austin impresses the foreman and lands a job, but even more, he catches the eye of David Becker, who is determined to teach him that true love doesn’t come with strings.

The only thing David had as a child was love. His family struggled to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. That has driven him to stay focused on his goals; become a tenured professor at a university and save enough money to build a home of his own. It’s not until he sees an insecure college student working on his new house that he realizes that he hasn’t planned on someone to share his life with. He’s about to learn that everything he’s already accomplished is nothing compared to the task of making Austin see that he is worthy of love.

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Our Thoughts:

If you’re looking for a unique story, give Teach Me a chance. I was impressed with how Sloan Johnson was able to take several difficult topics and incorporate them into the story without it becoming too heavy and emotionally overbearing.

When we first meet David, he’s stalking the build site of his new home. A day laborer, Austin is there and David is attracted to him. Part of it is the hard work ethic he is showing. Austin seems more determined than the other workers who’ve been on site since the beginning. David wants the progress to move forward and not become stagnant, so he’s resolved to be on site, working alongside the contractor to see that happen. It’s also an opportunity to get to know Austin.

Poor Austin. He finally comes out to his family and is immediately ridiculed and humiliated. His father takes his car and his family away. He sends Austin back to university with instructions to renounce his wicked ways or be out on his own for good. By the end of semester, Austin realizes his father was serious. Now he’s out of the dorm for summer break and thrown into the scene of a large majority of homeless in our society, LGBT homeless youth.

A scary situation is lessened when Austin meets Bree and Casey. They show him the ropes for that area. Where to hang out at specific times, where to avoid, and who can be trusted. It’s through Casey’s day labor connections that Austin gets the construction job. David’s attraction and connection to the builder in charge of the project leads to an offer of the job lasting the summer.

As their relationship grows, Austin fears telling David that he is homeless and abandoned by his family. He doesn’t know that David came from meager beginnings and would never judge him. David does want to protect Austin but most of all he wants to give him the opportunity to pick himself up and soar. With David’s help, Austin has a place to live again and a job he’s earning money to live off and save for school.

Their age difference doesn’t seem to bother either one of them but they are at different places in their lives. Austin’s fix to every bad situation is to run. He literally packs and leaves. David is constantly on edge wondering of Austin will flee if he does or says the wrong thing. Eventually Austin is forced to grow up and face his fears, all of them. He begins to understand that if he wants certain things in life, he will be pushed out of his comfort zone. He’ll have to stand and defend. He has to fight for what is important and not keep running away.

Teach Me is a story of survival, strength and growth individually and as a couple. Austin and David will have you cheering for them and longing to see them happy and working everything out.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!