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This is the story of Josh and Caleb who are born and raised in a polygamist sI was given a copy of this book for free in return for an honest review.
This is the story of Josh and Caleb who are born and raised in a polygamist society/cult in Wyoming. I felt like the author did a good job at describing the life of the compound from the limited information that I know. It’s not a pretty picture. The story was very well set up and you really wanted both Josh and Caleb to be able to get away from the compound. We can see how much Josh cares for Caleb without it being overly angsty. Josh is kicked off the compound after being setup for something he didn’t do. Unbeknownst to him, Caleb, his best friend, has been planning for them to eventually run away, so Caleb tells Josh where to meet him. They are planning to stay with Maggie, another runaway who previously escaped. She made it to Massachusetts where she married and now lives on a farm where she hope others from the compound will come to her for refuge when they escape.
Josh and Caleb don’t have enough money for bus tickets so they meet up with a truck driver named Washington who offers to give them a ride. Along the way Caleb ends up revealing to Josh that he has feelings for him because Josh thinks Caleb has feelings for a girl on the compound. Caleb finally has to make Josh understand his motives. From then on they are a couple and the story really starts to heat up. Once they get to Maggie’s they keep their relationship a secret out of fear of what Maggie and her husband will say. Caleb finally gets a job at a local garage to try to save up money for a car and for them to be able to move out on their own. Josh, who doesn’t have a birth certificate to be able to work, ends up babysitting for Maggie’s new baby and finding that he’s wonderful with babies. Things are going great for a while. Their relationship is smoking hot, although they have to be quiet about it, Maggie loves having them, and they are working toward their independence, but things soon turn upside down. Another person from the compound shows up and it threatens Josh and Caleb’s happiness and their future together. Josh, the quiet one, decides to take a stand for once and things work out in the end.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I had a very hard time putting it down. I thought the storyline developed at a solid and steady pace. I loved the characters. They may have been a bit too perfect, but I overlooked it and took it just that they were truly good people. You could tell how much Josh and Caleb loved each other, but you weren’t blown away with too much angst. The story was believable. I did like how the point of view was given from both of their perspectives. There were some editing issues but they were fairly minor and ones that I could easily breeze over without being bothered by. I would definitely recommend this book to others looking for something really warm and fuzzy. I’m putting this on my favorites shelf and I’m looking forward to reading the the next book to come out in the series. ...more
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Twenty-two year old Will Messina first meets sixteen year old Josiah Pinkerton, or Joey, as heI was given a free copy in return for an honest review.
Twenty-two year old Will Messina first meets sixteen year old Josiah Pinkerton, or Joey, as he calls him, in the radiation department waiting room where Will volunteers while finishing college. Will is immediately taken in by the cute but shy Joey and gives him a purple stuffed dragon from the gift cart. Will doesn’t know it, but Josiah actually looks forward to going to the hospital now just to try to catch a glimpse of Will. Their brief visits don’t last long before they lose contact.
Five years later Will catches a glimpse of a guy dressed in leather across the bar and immediately knows it’s Joey. They talk but are interrupted by a guy wanting a hook-up with Joey who Will quickly dispenses with. Joey takes Will to his room where the purple stuff dragon still sits on his bed. Will’s heart is warmed over this, but he’s shocked to see that Joey’s living conditions are less than desirable and the guy wanting a hook-up was a regular. Although Joey assures Will he doesn’t take money from them. It’s quickly apparent that Joey’s self-esteem is pretty low. The connection they once felt for each other is still there though and they go out on a date to get to know each other. Joey has a lot of issues regarding having had cancer and what it did to his body and it comes out on their date, but Will handles it very well.
I enjoyed this story. It’s rather short at forty-two pages so it can be read in one sitting. The characters are likable and make a good couple. There are elements of the story that feel like they could be fleshed out more, such as Joey’s relationship with his mother. Clearly things are not good there but we never know what happened, although not knowing doesn’t detract from the story. There is good use of humor too. Overall I found the story believable and well paced. I would recommend it to my friends. ...more
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This is a collection of six short stories that feature the lives ofI was given a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This is a collection of six short stories that feature the lives of Cole and Perry. Each story takes the reader through an important milestone in their relationship. We see them in the early stages when they are dealing with the frustrations of too much time at the office and not enough time with each other. They find some creative ways to spice of their relationship. We see them buying their first house. We see them contemplating raising a family after babysitting for friends. In the last story we see them getting married.
These were brief but realistic glimpses into the lives of a likable couple. I didn’t care for the writing style all the time. There were times it would jump back and forth in time and I didn’t feel like the transition was always very smooth. There also seemed to be more than the usual amount of grammar errors. Otherwise, I found this to be a quick and enjoyable read with likable characters. ...more
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Jayden has a stroke and has to undergo surgery and intensive care. His partner,I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jayden has a stroke and has to undergo surgery and intensive care. His partner, Gabriel, is faced with a serious issue. Despite their being together for fourteen years and having two children together, Gabe has no more say in Jay’s care than any other friend of Jay’s. Although marriage is legal in their state, Jay has issues with marriage and has refused to take that final step. He’s happy with their relationship and is afraid of how things might change. Gabe has to move heaven and earth to find Jay’s father, the only family member he has and one Jay hasn’t seen since he was a child. Gabe’s mother presses the issue of the importance of marriage at the hospital and Jay and Gabe argue about it but to no avail.
Not long after Jay returns home, his father shows up on his doorstep with several shocking revelations about himself and his past. This is the beginning of a lot of growth and healing between Jay and his father and the seeds to a change in Jay’s negative attitude toward marriage. Christmas rolls around and Jay decides he knows exactly what to get Gabe for Christmas.
The writing was solid. It has a nice warm and fuzzy feeling to it. The characters are believable and likable. I could understand both characters points of view and enjoyed watching the story unfold to see Jay’s views change. I would definitely suggest this book to everyone. ...more