Conflicted by Louise Lyons ~ Book Review by Caroline

22751169 Title: Conflicted

Author: Louise Lyons

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars


Two competing gangs of car and drag racing enthusiasts with a shared history of pain and rivalry leading to outright hatred. Two men from opposite sides of the tracks, yet with more in common than they’d like to admit.

Paul Appleton is a troubled man who has never been in a relationship, having lost everyone he cared for in his life. His mother died when he was very young and subsequently, he lost his brother and his best friend. Now Paul is convinced love will always end in tears.

Greg was living on the streets after his parents died and was stabbed by a junkie, ending up in hospital. The Buchanans took Greg under their wing while doing charity work, and Greg joined their loving family when he was adopted. He and his siblings are also car enthusiasts with much more money and therefore better cars than Paul Appleton’s gang.

When they eventually find a connection, Paul fights his feelings and tries to convince himself his lover is only a temporary bit of fun, but Greg has other ideas.

Caroline’s View:

As a reader I love reading new authors but as a reviewer I am always a little nervous. Louise Lyons is a new author to me and as a reader and a reviewer I loved this book. I was treated to a story that gave me two realistic and imperfect characters and a believable story that made me laugh and cry.

Paul Appleton is an angry young man with the weight of his very mixed up world lying heavily on his shoulders. He never thinks before he speaks or acts which lands him in a world of trouble but his remorse after the event is always genuine and heartfelt making him very easy to like. His biggest fear is love as everyone he has ever loved has been lost leaving him alone and hurt. His second biggest fear is people seeing who he really is and he plans never to share the fact that he is gay with his friends for fear of rejection.

Greg Buchanan had a very normal life until his parents were killed when he was just sixteen. Let down and lost in a system that failed him he ends up on the streets and unprepared for what life is throwing at him. When he is attacked and injured and ends up in hospital he is one of the lucky ones, not only does he make a full recovery he is taken home and later adopted by a wealthy family. His new family give him everything thing he wants, in fact he feels they give him too much, but he is worried that they may not give him their understanding if they find out he is gay.

The lives of these two men are already entwined through friends and jealousy and their hobby of car racing. They don’t even know each other, haven’t ever spoken to each other yet they are sure they hate each other. Their lives collide tragically at a car race where Paul once again reacts without thinking and is yet again left devastated by his actions when he finally stops to think.

So many differences yet so many similarities these two men find themselves in the same bar which is a well known hangout for gay men and end up doing a lot more than just having a drink together. They both have to re-evaluate their feelings and ideas about each other after that night and they discover they quite like each other’s company and slowly become friends.

There are all sorts of issues dealt with in this book. The fear of coming out, the fear of rejection, abusive pasts, bigoted parents and petty feuds but there is also love, compassion and finally a feeling of peace but it is a bumpy road with more than one hiccup.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble

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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