Only the Lonely by Lynn Kelling ~ Book Review by Caroline

29283644Title: Only the Lonely

Author: Lynn Kelling

Publisher: Forbidden Fiction

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 05/17/2016

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Gay Fiction


Evan Savage is a young teen desperately searching for something to hold on to and a way to be noticed. Living in rural Whippoorwill, Pennsylvania, his only family is an absentee father who leaves Evan alone for days at a time while away for work. Friendless and bullied at school, with only a nearby preacher named Jimmy to look out for him; Evan gratefully accepts attention wherever and however he gets it. Sometimes it feels like part of him is missing, and every day the void consumes more of Evan’s ability to fight back against his circumstances. While looking at himself in the mirror within a recurring dream, his reflection keeps reaching out to him with happiness he doesn’t feel, from a world different than his own, though much less tangible. Anonymous sexual encounters with strange men satisfy Evan’s need for company and reassurance that he’s someone worth wanting, as well as test his boundaries. But, faced with the growing temptation to slip away for good, it’s up to Jimmy, and Evan’s dream-world counterpart, to try to keep him there. (M/M – See publisher’s website for content labels.)

My View:

In the blurb it mentions you can read the content labels on the website and really you should! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

This is a short prequel in the Twin Ties series and its Evans story. If you have read the series you will know that Evan had a really awful childhood and in Only the Lonely Lynn Kelling shows and tells.

Evan is a fourteen year old boy whose father Charlie is not home very often due to work. He’s home alone and responsible for himself when no fourteen year old boy should be. He’s the kid the other kids pick on at school, he’s the kid that is desperate for someone to talk to and he’s the kid that doesn’t see the dangers in front of him. He’s also the kid that sets up a fake identity and enters the often dubious world of chatrooms looking for a bit of comfort.

Lynn has written a hard hitting story of what can go wrong and go wrong it does. You can almost feel Evan’s desperation for someone to like him jump off the page and the decisions he makes land him in a world of hurt. It’s interesting to see him sense a different self given that we know what happens later in the series. The ending is painful but again because I have read the rest of the series I was at least left with a small amount of hope!

This is not a happy story but it is one that leads into Evans story more fully and explains the boy later on in his life.


Only the Lonely on Goodreads

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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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