Title: The Boy Who Came In From The Cold
Author: B.G. Thomas
Narrator: Charlie David
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars Overall
Story Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Todd Burton has had enough of small-town Buckman. His abusive stepfather calls him a fag; his friend Austin makes him realize he may be gay, but Todd doesn’t want to admit his stepfather is right; and he dreams of being a chef. Three good reasons to flee his hometown and pursue greener pastures. But when Todd reaches the big city, his luck runs dry. Soon he can’t pay his rent and gets evicted. In the middle of a snowstorm.
Gabe Richards is a wealthy businessman with enough wounds of his own to make him afraid of ever being intimate again. But when he sees Todd outside his building, freezing to death, he takes pity on him and takes him in from the cold.
To their mutual surprise, Todd and Gabe find themselves drawn to each other. “One night” turns into a week. Maybe letting a man in from the cold can melt the ice around Gabe’s heart—and maybe getting evicted will turn Todd’s luck around.
Todd Burton left home to get away from his abusive step father but soon realised his dreams were not going to be realised easily. His luck has run out, along with his money, and he has nowhere to live, nothing to eat and it’s snowing. Running into Gabe Richards, who initially thinks he is a whore, might just be the best thing to happen to him all week!
Gabe might be successful, wealthy and live in a nice apartment but it wasn’t always like that. After initially insulting Todd he sees some of his own past in the young man and offers him a bed for the night. Once night turns into two then three but there is something that attracts Gabe to Todd and leaves him wanting to look after him.
This book had me smiling. Todd has been berated by his step father for years. The man verbally abused him for almost everything he did with his favourite taunts being fag and queer. Todd has never been given the opportunity to discover his own sexuality for fear of the man and an incident with his best friend before he left had left him confused.
Throughout the book Todd has an inner monologue running through his brain. Sometimes his brain to mouth filter fails him and he actually says out loud what is on his mind causing him some embarrassing situations. We are left watching as he slowly admits to finding Gabe attractive and then dealing with how that makes him feel, all the while his stepfathers taunts are playing through his thoughts.
I liked the characters, I liked Todds exploration of himself and the way he became stronger and more confident and able to battle down the thoughts left over from years of abuse. Gabe had his own demons to deal with but was always honest with Todd whilst he patiently waited for him to admit to himself what he most feared.
Peter was fabulous! He was like a gay fairy godfather who did a good turn all those years ago and reaped the benefits through friendship.He carries round a sword for god sake! This is a book that will leave you with a warm feeling and a smile on your face.
Pretty flawless. Charlie David is very easy to listen to and told the story perfectly.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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