I read Devoured first, so this was a treat despite already knowing what would happen in the end. The heat between Sienna and Lucas is through the roof...moreI read Devoured first, so this was a treat despite already knowing what would happen in the end. The heat between Sienna and Lucas is through the roof and I couldn't put it down. It's the perfect novella whether to introduce you to the series or simply reflect on the history of these two incredible characters. Simply put, I loved it. (less)
Andrew, an aspiring author and hopeful actor, has traveled to New York to care for his sister, who is...more*I received this book as a gift from the author*
Andrew, an aspiring author and hopeful actor, has traveled to New York to care for his sister, who is battling cancer. Unable to find work, Andrew takes a job as a male escort. A "gay" male escort. Hence the term, gay for pay. Ever since he caught his father with his former high school teacher, Hugh, Andrew has been repulsed by the idea of anything having to do with homosexuality. But now that he has to make rent and had taken on the responsibility of caring for his ailing sister, he is willing to do whatever it takes.
His first date with politician Cormac ends in disaster when Andrew downs a few too many drinks and spills his little secrets. His second job as a party favor opens him up to possibilities he never thought he would consider. Andrew is soon forced to face his own sexuality as he fosters an unexpected friendship with Cormac, which soon turns into something more.
I love the writing stye. The author created a very straightforward tale of a boy who is forced to grow up fast in a very unforgiving environment. Going into this, I honestly wasn't sure what to expect. I didn't read the synopsis. I actually fell in love with the beautiful cover art. The title was simply intriguing, and though it was tied in beautifully to the story, was not at all an indicator of what to expect. To me, this story was a very raw, honest telling of one man's struggles to overcome himself. Andrew loves girls, very much, and is disgusted by his father, who chose another man over his family. This experience has caused a rift between Andrew and his father, and caused him to erect walls to shield himself from what was really going on inside him.
Although I wasn't particularly moved by Andrew's sister, Marie's, illness (mainly because Andrew was so closed off himself), I did find it to be a very honest portrayal of what a person and their loved ones go through when faced with such a life-changing obstacle. For his part, Andrew faced it with grace and a strength that should be admired. He wasn't selfish, but selfless. He sacrificed for his sister, and in return got an unexpected result that would forever alter him and those around him.
I really enjoyed Cormac and Andrew. For me, they were the focus of the story. Their interactions were natural and I found myself hoping for only good things. The struggles they were faced with were also quite honest, and I appreciate that the author didn't shy away from telling it how it is. For those who think that being gay is a choice, I think this book helps show how little truth there is to that. If read with an open mind, there should be one thing taken away from it more than anything else, and that is the purity of love. It doesn't matter the package (pun intended), just that you are willing to love, and love can be found anywhere if you are open to receiving it.
The journey of self-discovery Andrew took me on was truly heartwarming. He went from a closed-minded, cocksure boy to a man who is open and accepting. The difference in him was like night and day, and I couldn't be prouder. I feel like a mom looking at her son and liking the man he has turned out to be. Granted, I would liked to have protected him throughout some of his life lessons, but they all helped shape him into who he was in the end. In the end, I wasn't overly thrilled, moved, or excited, but content. It was a good ending for a couple of characters that grew on me. Although graphic at times, I highly recommend this book to someone who doesn't mind getting absorbed into something a little different and a lot addicting. (less)