Author: SJ Frost
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Bullied and harassed at school for his sexuality, Dillon Davis can’t see his life getting any better, but he can see it getting worse. Depressed, wounded in spirit and body, he’s nearing a point of hopelessness, until he sees a picture of his favorite stage actor, Brandon Alexander, with his partner, Shunichi Miyamoto. At learning Shunichi runs a karate dojo, a spark of hope comes to Dillon of learning to defend himself, and most of all, meeting Brandon.
Brandon Alexander is filled with compassion for Dillon the moment he meets him. He knows all too well what it’s like to be scorned for being gay. He and Shunichi want nothing more than to help him, but when Dillon never returns to the dojo, they fear what’s happened to him.
The fourth book in the Conquest series is short and very different to the previous books in the series.
We get to see more of Brandon and Shun but the story is about Dillon, a young man still in school trying to navigate coming to terms with his sexuality whilst being bullied daily. Hiding it from his mother nobody really knows the depth of his pain or his feeling of utter helplessness about the situation.
Dillon has long been a fan of Brandon and his work in the theatre and when he sees his partner Shun has a dojo nearby he pays a visit. If he can learn a little self-defence and get to meet his idol at the same time he will be a happy boy.
He does meet Brandon and finds himself telling both men about his problems which strike a chord with Brandon when he thinks back to his own abusive relationship with his father. Both men are keen to help Dillon but when circumstances worsen at school they don’t see the young man for the next week.
For me it ended a bit too quickly. Dillon was one of the lucky ones who found people to help him. I just wish reality was the same for everyone struggling with the same problems.
An eCopy of one SJ Frost Conquest series title will be awarded to one lucky commenter.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
|This post may contain affiliate links.
|Prism Book Alliance® assumes no liability for the ownership of photos or content used in guest posts and interviews. The post author assumes all responsibility and liability for this content.|