Author: Kevin Dwyer
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 2.75 of 5 Stars
Twenty-five-year-old Jesse Coleman endures a heinous act on him. After the case is dropped, his mother, Claire, accedes to his request to move. Leaving behind his old life, he is left with a disturbing scar on his back. Hopelessness comes in on him and he takes off the bracelet that he has worn his whole life, which means something to him. Looking for a new beginning, Jesse who dresses differently meets Jaden who dresses like an outcast and the two fall in love with each other. With love from their mothers and good friend Liz, they try to bury their pasts behind.
Pride of Love is the story of a young man, Jesse, who suffers horrific injuries as a result of random gay bashing. Let down by the legal system, he and his mother move to another town to try and start over again without the ever constant reminder of his attack. There he meets Jaden, a young man who dresses differently and is treated like an outcast, and they fall for each other.
The story of Jesse’s victimization is horrific, and his betrayal by the legal system that is supposed to seek justice on his behalf, is sad and tragic. Permanently marked by the scars of his attack, Jesse is an incredibly sympathetic character. I also like how how Jesse’s mother is portrayed as loving and supportive, and that the relationship between Jesse and Jaden is allowed to progress rather slowly at a natural pace.
Nevertheless, while the story of Jesse surviving his bashing definitely has its merits, there are multiple editing misses and grammatical errors that significantly detract from the story’s strengths, and prove distracting to the reader. There are also bothersome issues with awkward word selections.
Overall, the Pride of Love is a somewhat promising story about a timely and important subject; however, the editing errors hamper the reader’s experience of enjoying the story.
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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