Distraction: Lost Boys Academy, Bk 2 by Aaron Ferrera ~ Book Review by Queue

LostboysTitle: Distraction: Lost Boys Academy, Bk 2

Author: Aaron Ferrera

Publisher: Self Published

Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 05/26/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Gay Fiction

Blurb:

Welcome to the Academy for lost young men…

BOOK #2 in the LOST BOYS ACADEMY series.

College life was supposed to be fun, but the young men attending the Lost Boys Academy will have to abandon all they know as they are forced to rehabilitate their homosexuality.

-With Jimmy’s secret still hidden from the rest of the students, he will go to great lengths to finish what he started.

-Jake takes the bet he has going with the guys a step further, jeapordizing his stay at the Academy.

-Kyle and Alex are at each others throats again, but being apart from each other is proving to be a much worse fate.

-When Mason’s family doesn’t show up for group therapy, he is faced with choosing to stay true to his faith, or giving in to the unescapable temptations at the Academy.

My View:

I enjoyed the second chapter of the Lost Boys Academy, but not as much as the first chapter: you can read my review here.
http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2015/03/lost-boys-academy-book-one-orientation-by-aaron-ferrera-book-review-by-queue/
*****WARNING: SPOILER ALERT*****

First of all, the author violated one of the rules of Writing 101: Never start a story with a dream or fantasy.
I think it’s a cheat and it feels like a cheap trick. The reader is supposed to believe that Jake and Mr. Pierce are hooking up, but it is just Jake’s dream. I realized right away but it was, but if I hadn’t I would’ve been pissed. Actually, I was pissed and annoyed. It’s just a bad idea. A very bad idea.
The over-all plot for the series didn’t advance much at all in this chapter. A lot of it felt like filler and I found myself waiting for something—anything—to happen. The scene of the guys getting fitted for clothes then having a family counseling session just didn’t seem necessary. Additionally, Kyle’s father was way over-the-top and rather unrealistic.
Though I enjoyed seeing all the young men again, I wish more had happened.
I also dropped a quarter star because of a poor editing job. There were mistakes that pulled me out of the story. Repetitive words in very close succession, punctuation errors and more. There’s no reason for the mistakes I found. It’s a short story, a thorough read through should’ve done the job. If the author hired an editor, he needs a better one. If he didn’t hire an editor I would recommend he hire one right away.
3.25 stars.

Links

Distraction: Lost Boys Academy, Bk 2 on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
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