Title: Jude in Chains
Author: KZ Snow
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Hoping further to expose the fallacy of “reparative therapy” for non-heterosexuals, writer Misha Tzerko enrolls in a weeklong program at the Stronger Wings Camp and Conference Center. He’s already lost a long-term boyfriend to the ex-gay movement—Robbie abandoned him for a straight life complete with wife—and for his own closure as well as his job at Options magazine, Misha intends to get an inside look at the ministry established by C. Everett Hammer III.
Misha is shocked and dismayed to find someone else from his past at Stronger Wings, a man with whom he shared two brief but captivating encounters. He knows he can’t save everyone in the program, but he’s determined to save Jude Stone… no matter what it takes.
I needed a book that took place in Arkansas, so I asked around. KZ Snow mentioned that this story was set there and after reading the blurb, I decided to give it a try. I have read a couple of KZ Snow titles in that past that I adore, including Xylophone and The Zero Knot. I have not read a story that focused on reparative therapy, however. So I went into this story not knowing at all what to expect.
What I got was a well written, tight story of a man who is able to go into reparative therapy camp and see it for the danger it is. He also happens to run across the one that got away. While the likelihood of that actually happening is probably low, it served to give the MC a mission and give us a hero that is fighting the effects and the programming involved in such therapy and the impetus to undergo such therapy. In this case, it is a program for adults, so no one is there against their will.
While the penultimate scene is a bit, umm… out there, I love that the hero is not the only one for whom the therapy is failing. I love that there are true love connections made while others are doing their level best to prevent it. I enjoyed Misha and Jude and the quiet moments between them. I love that they are there for each other and that Misha does what he can to protect Jude, despite the cost to his own heart.
Jude in Chains is a quick, but powerful read, which I can’t recommend enough.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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