Title: Papa’s Boy
Author: Sue Brown
Narrator: Aaron Pickering
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Sequel to Complete Faith
Morning Report: Book Three
When Ray Sloane tires of the men in his usual club, he finds himself in the Pink Palm, an inauspiciously named spit-and-sawdust dive, not the sort of place an elementary school teacher and pastor’s assistant should be seen in. On the other hand, Ray needs a fresh face. But what he gets is a closeted, desperately unhappy divorcé named Zeke.
Losing his teaching job and his kids has left Zeke bitter and in denial about his sexuality, but Ray is determined to get under his skin. Just as Zeke starts to relax, life interferes with Ray’s plans: Lee, the teenage organist from St. Mark’s, tells his parents that he was abused as a teenager by a prominent congregation member from his old church, and Ray becomes the target of bullies at school and has to worry about his own job. With the specter of what happened to Zeke hanging over him, Ray must protect Lee and his own reputation, all while trying to convince Zeke that he doesn’t need to run away when their relationship grows more intense.
My View – Story:
Back at The Lost Cow Ranch once again and thinks are moving forward. Noah and Ray have moved the church to a barn on the ranch after Pastor Jackson made his bigotry personal and had Noah removed from St. Marks. Ray spends his time around loving couples and starts to yearn for some love of his own. Instead he heads into town to get laid at one of the roughest bars around.
The Pink Palm is as rough as they come but it is also anonymous and hopefully Ray will find someone to scratch his itch. There were some great characters in here but the one that attracts Ray is the sullen, angry and scared man sitting alone. He sits down with him to try and have a conversation but the man is dismissive and rude.
Something about the stranger calls to Ray and he finds himself returning again and again to seek him out. Each time is a little more successful than the last and although the stranger is obviously in the closet and vehemently denying his sexuality the two men eventually end up in a hotel room and in bed together.
Inadvertently Ray may have stumbled on the part of the reason for Pastor Jacksons deep hatred of gay men. His new friend is none other than the Pastors son, the Pastors gay son, Zeke Jackson. As the two men become friends Zeke tells Ray exactly how awful it was growing up and how the Pastor is still running and ruining his life. Zeke is at the end of his tether and extremely close to doing something that he would surely end up regretting.
Sheer terror keeps Zeke from taking control of his life again. Hatred and bullying is the only thing he knows and he fears the consequences of stepping out of line. Only when something extreme happens will the man buck his father’s rules and it is like a domino effect. Making a decision and taking ownership of his life for the first time in years gives Zeke the strength to start breaking away.
There are a couple of smaller stories besides Zeke and Ray which are important to mention. This whole book was centred on bullying and bigotry and brings home just how awful the consequences are for some people.
Once Zeke has stood up for himself the first time the balance of power seems to shift and he is not as scared. This allows him to move forward and walk away. It wraps up quite quickly at the end with his father in hospital but even then Zeke remains strong and has an equally strong man standing by his side.
Another great addition to the Morning Report Series, where we get to see some of our favourite characters from previous books popping up regularly.
My View – Narration:
I have enjoyed listening to Aaron Pickering narrate this entire series. This book dealt with some pretty heavy issues and he was perfect for job and read with a lot of compassion.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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