Author: J Roman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
For Scotty Riesen, hiding his sexuality in Ma’s Trick, Louisiana hasn’t been easy, given his secret relationship with his next-door neighbor, football star, and fellow closet case, Jean Lafitte. One night he decides that living in the closet is no way to go through life. He comes out, but he isn’t prepared for the backlash from his parents and friends.
Scotty takes a bus to New Orleans to make a new life for himself. Playing janitor and dancing boy at the gay bar Burnt Reflections is a lot better than living on the street, but he can’t forget Jean Lafitte no matter how many men throw themselves at him.
Despite everything, Jean Lafitte may yet prove just how far he’s willing to go to make a relationship with Scotty work. Traveling down to New Orleans to find Scotty is just the start of a courtship that won’t be stopped by anything less than a Louisiana hurricane.
Don’t read the first third of Burnt Reflections by J Roman while in public. This story nails the pain and anguish felt by one teenager when he is outed in the most public way by the one person he should be able to trust the most. Told in the first person from Scotty’s point of view, it is the tale that sees both the fall and the redemption.
Scotty outs himself to his less that supportive father. When he is kicked out of the only home he knows, he seeks refuge with his grandmother. Unfortunately, he is pretty far from hitting bottom. We journey with Scotty as he is outed to his entire small, homophobic town and runs to New Orleans to escape the pain and humiliation. When he gets there, he discovers just how far he has still to fall, however. Through out this entire ordeal my heart is repeatedly breaking for Scotty.
When his one-time secret boyfriend shows back up in Scotty’s life, the emotional rollercoaster somewhat stopped for me. The journey was all of a sudden easier and more clear cut as soon as Jean was back in the picture. I would love to have seen the emotional struggle continues a little more rather than having everything from that point tie up into one bow after another. Yes, there were still a few fights and a few hardships, but the overall feel of the story changed for me from that point on.
I enjoyed this story of redemption, and I was happy to see Scotty get his HEA after things looked so bleak at the beginning. I would be happy to see what else J Roman has to offer us.
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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