Author: K.Z. Snow
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Bad enough Elijah Colter’s life of comfort comes to an abrupt end when he’s seventeen and his family discovers he’s gay. Bad enough he must live out of his car and turn tricks. But when his perfect boyfriend, Alonzo, becomes the victim of a drive-by shooting, Elijah plummets into suicidal depression. The concepts of trust and hope become more alien to him than ever.
All that keeps Elijah going is a promise he made: that he would look after Alonzo’s stepdad, Dizzy, who’s on the verge of losing his house.
Diz and Elijah become companions in homelessness—until Elijah discovers a program for throwaway LGBT youth. Through it he secures an apartment… then loses it after a year. He’s kept his promise, though, and until he can get back on his feet, he’s resigned to joining Dizzy in the abandoned factory the older man calls home.
One fall day, a pair of new presences in Elijah’s life promise to shape his future: Michael, an outreach volunteer, and Alonzo’s ghost. Both prompt Elijah to decide which of his dreams to pursue, which to cast aside, and just how much he can dare to believe in love, and in himself, again.
Despair is life with the love sucked out of it.
But never forget:
Love is our greatest renewable
This is a believable story of love and redemption. It is so refreshing to read a story with layers and depth. People may be attracted to people quickly but they don’t suddenly forget long held dreams and hurt and fall in love at first glance. K.Z.Snow writes with confidence and sure knowledge of her subject. The descriptions of homelessness and the bureacracy and idiocy of keeping those below the poverty line safe and warm is excellent. These descriptions keep the whole story real and makes the characters real as well. K.Z.Snow provides us with characters that have flaws and strengths and dreams and despair. These emotions and facets are then dealt with in a real fashion so that the ending is wonderful and hopeful but not absolute. Elijah the young MC has room to grow and mature physically and emotionally to become a true partner for the kind, idealistic and hard working outreach worker Michael. The secondary characters Dizzy, Tilly, Skeeter and Schultzie all play their parts in the development of the story and Elijah. This would have been a higher rated romance but for the character of Alonzo and his story. I don’t really want to go into the whys and wherefores of Alonzo as the main twists and turns of this very well thought out story would be ruined. It is difficult to mark a reviewed book down because of a character I can’t go into without huge spoilers. I will just say that in a believable romance and gay fiction story I found this facet of it less than believable and too one dimensional.
Maybe I should leave it with read this story and see what you think 😉
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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