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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!!