The Angel of 13th Street by Eden Winters ~ Book Review by Caroline

29240063Title: The Angel of 13th Street

Author: Eden Winters

Publisher: Rocky Ridge

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/05/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Gay Fiction

Blurb:

Noah Everett shed his rent boy existence for a bar and helping young men get a second chance at life. Haunted by those he couldn’t save, he keeps others at bay until his self-imposed loneliness is shattered by ambitious but homeless Jeremy Kincaid.

Aged out of the foster system, Jeremy’s the perfect target for a ruthless pimp like Willie Carnell. He wants no part of any future that includes working for Willie, but without a strong ally, he may not have a choice.

Noah knows exactly what Willie’s capable of, and if he’ll fight for strangers, he’ll fight harder for Jeremy.

Even if it takes confronting his own past.

My View:

There is a lot more to Noah Everett than first meets the eye. He is the man that took a rundown bar and turned it into a safer place for the residents of an equally rundown neighbourhood. The side of him you don’t see though is what he deems as ‘paying forward’ for a good deed done when he was in dire need of help. A younger Noah had turned to the streets to make a living and it went horribly wrong. A kind Doctor that helped save Noah’s life left a big impression and now Noah tries to rescue as many of the neighbourhood’s rent boys as possible. It’s a dangerous task, it’s a job that he can never get ahead in and although he has many success stories his mind is haunted by the one’s he couldn’t save.

Jeremy Kincaid is a young man drowning with the problems he faces. Too old to remain in the foster care system, homeless, desperately trying to finish school and the local pimp, who is not a good guy, has him on his radar as his next whore. The one thing Jeremy has so far refused to do is sell his body to survive but his life is bleak, the temptation is there but for now he is holding strong. Simple things like going to school means running the gauntlet from men who are determined to snare him and Jeremy feels at a loss as to what to do.

Noah runs into Jeremy at a launderette next to his pub and immediately recognises the look in his eye – it’s one he has seen many times but he needs to approach him carefully if he isn’t going to scare him off.

A tentative friendship and the offer of help sees Jeremy begin to trust Noah and Noah has never been more determined to save someone from life on the streets. He goes to great lengths to keep Jeremy safe which include making a deal with the pimp of the neighbourhood Willie Carnell. There is a twist to this story that involves Noah’s past and I think it worked really well. Eden added a bit of history which explained so much and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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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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