Author: Erica Pike
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
A Life Without You:
Jesse’s like a bar of soap: the tighter Adam holds on, the faster Jesse slips away. Or that’s how it feels to Adam. It doesn’t help that Jesse has a girlfriend back home and claims to be straight, but there’s no way with all the sparks and physical intimacy flying between the two roommates.
When Adam believes he has reached his ultimate happiness, the bedroom walls come crashing down with a visit from Jesse’s girlfriend.
Now Jesse has to decide if he can come to terms with his sexuality, while Adam has to learn to accept that Jesse might never be able to crawl out of the closet.
Twenty year old college student Eric Wesley is looking for love, but instead of choosing Mr. Right, he goes after Mr. Wrong.
Eric Wesley is short and snazzy, hot and happy. Or that’s what he thought. After three years of living on the wild side he’s tired of being a playboy and wants to find love.
Eric, however, has never been in love before and doesn’t see that the guy who’s been gazing at him all summer might be Mr. Right. Alexander Centauri isn’t only style-less and clumsy, but also terribly awkward. After a miserable date, Eric plants Alex on another guy’s lap and goes after Mr. Wrong…who looks so right.
When Eric realizes his mistake, it might be too late.
Jasper Jones fell in love with Dean McQueen at fourteen, but at twenty-three Jazz would like nothing better than to see the rock star choke on his own vomit.
Twenty-three year old Jasper Jones fell in love with Dean McQueen at fourteen, but after a disastrous relationship, Jazz would like nothing better than to see the rock star choke in his own vomit.
After a catastrophic reunion, Dean seems bent on destroying Jazz’s life. It all started when an impromptu bar performance ended up on YouTube and Jazz became an internet sensation overnight. The name “Jazdean” keeps popping up in headlines and the paparazzi stalk his every move. To make matters worse, Jazz is about to end up on the streets for the second time in his life.
In a desperate attempt to keep his home, Jazz signs a deal with Dean’s band, Black Hurricane, to perform at a couple of concerts. It feels like one of Dean’s feeble attempts to get Jazz back, but painted into a corner like he is, Jazz has no choice.
Erica Pike knows how to break a reader’s heart… oh and her characters’ hearts as well.
I have been told time and again that I needed to read the Boston Boys series by Erica Pike. Having read her College Fun and Gays series, I knew she had talent. I, however, never found a reason to read them. I finally made myself do so and have only one question… why did I wait?
I was enamored from the beginning of A Life Without You throughout Absolutely Eric and on to the end of Black Hurricane. Heck, I would mind Terry and Cal-Al’s stories… just saying.
This series has a theme for everyone, characters you just want to hug and protect from the world, and age appropriate dialogue and prose. Each story in the series can stand alone, but as with most series, you get a richer experience if you read them together.
Throughout the series, we watch the power of friendship help heal heartbreak, protect fragile hearts, and guide friends to love.
A Life Without You
In A Life Without You we meet Adam and Jesse. Adam is openly gay and in love with his straight & engaged roommate. The love and lust is sweet. The pain Jesse experiences as he fights with himself over his sexuality can be felt, even though we are looking at it from Adam’s first person perspective.
There are a few times that the plot is a bit predictable, but those instances are far exceeded by the beauty of Pikes words in capturing the emotions of the characters.
No. No, that didn’t just happen. My body is so weak that I fall down to my knees. I rest my palms on the carpet and try to breathe through the pain but the pain is too strong. He chose her after all. He’d rather be with her than me. He doesn’t love me. He never loved me.
I feel so sick I want to throw up. My body is trembling, shaking, convulsing. The lump in my throat is so big that I’m gasping for air, but I cry so hard that it’s hard to get any into my lungs.
Oh Eric, I wanted to strangle and protect him in equal measure. We first meet Eric in ALWY as he befriends Adam and ultimately cares for him through his heartbreak. We also meet the incredible cast of characters he calls friend briefly in Life. We get to know them better in Absolutely Eric, of course.
Some will say they represent the worst of the gay stereotype, but I think they just represent a group of friends that want to have fun. I love the fact that Rich and Benji are committed, even in the face of the “horny” group of friends and their games.
I think Pike does an admirable job capturing the mindset of an abuse victim in Eric.
Three trips… I swallow hard at the thought. Still, he’s upset because he thinks I’m in some sort of a denial, but this truly is totally different. That wasn’t Rafael—the real Rafael. That was just a beast within him trying to score some drugs. He never would have hit me if he hadn’t been using…
Absolutely Eric tackles a very serious topic with grace and maturity.
Love hot rockers? Black Hurricane is the title for you. I Hurricane, we learn the reasons behind carefree Jazz’s attitude. We learn of the heartbreak of a teen and the devastation it wrought on a life (when combined with other events).
Jazz has some growing up to do, despite being in his 20s. However, we get to watch and be a part of the process. We watch as he learns to forgive and to love.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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