Brutal. Hardcore. But achingly sweet in some sort of absurd ways. It is amalgamation between Stockholm Syndrome and Lima Syndrome. It's big body, big heart and big love.
Being Asian my self, I don't know much about Southerner's life except from what I have read from Brokeback Mountain and To Kill A Mockingbirds. I am glad I have found this book.
And the cover! It's awesome! I could give four stars for its cover alone.
I have things to say about Rob, Al, and Jay and that will spoil every things so I will put it under the cut.(view spoiler)[ Rob Drake was young and handsome. He wanted to be a cop like his father. During the read I always expected him to fight. I have read two captive stories, and in both stories, the victim always fought. I always thought he would try to lure Jay and Al to free him, or to trick them so they would get arrested, since he was studying criminal investigation and he was quite smart. But no. I guess, he had been a damaged guy all along. What with his dad being an imposing figure that beat him without remorse? He wanted tender hands like his mothers. I could say that he had no backbone and was a coward, but who would not be frightened if you were held captive by two hulky men who would kill you. And he just wanted to live.
And both captors were all bears. They were brutal except Al who was deep within, was very kind man. I always think that "fat" guys are always kind, so is Al. He loved a sick man and he was patient with Jay. Jay was very lucky I think, he wouldn't survive if Al didn't stay with him and Jay knew it that he chose Al over his revenge. But in the end, Jay was too damaged to be okay again.
I almost cried, my eyes brimming with tears when Rob found his way to meet Jay again, when he told Al how his life had been. Just like Jay, he was too traumatized to be okay again. And it is so funny that Al always held such power over those hurting men.
There were too many scene for my liking, but that's okay I think as expected from this genre.
The emotion is so thick and I love it. (hide spoiler)]