Author: CJane Elliott
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/04/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, New Adult
Wild and Precious: Book Three
When Sandy Nixon’s conservative Catholic parents discover he’s had sex before marriage, they are furious. But when he blurts out he’s bisexual, they go ballistic. After they threaten him with conversion therapy, Sandy does what many queer kids long to do—leaves his homophobic parents in the dust. He moves in with his Uncle Phineas and Phineas’s partner Cody in Portland, Oregon, and is finally safe to be himself. Sandy misses his siblings, though, and decides to visit his former home in Rockford for Thanksgiving. On the train, he runs into Jade Byrne.
As the only out gay kid in their Catholic high school, Jade has stared down homophobes while being fabulous in the school musicals. He’s crushed on Sandy for years. But he’s made sure never to show it, even after they had a onetime hookup, because Sandy’s the good Catholic kid, the altar boy, and the apparently straight athlete—all the things Jade isn’t. Traveling back to Rockford together sees the start of a month of adventures, a blossoming attraction, and a chance for Sandy to learn what it means to have a family that hurts and to choose a family that heals.
Sand-Man’s Family is one novella I have been waiting for. After reading book two of CJane Elliott’s Wild and Precious series, I needed Sandy’s story. I actually messaged the author to make sure we would be getting his story.
Sandy is a throwaway. While raised in a seemingly loving, if strict, home, the minute his sexuality is revealed, that love is suddenly conditional. As happens so often in this world, religion comes before blood for Sandy’s parents. Luckily, he had his uncle Phineas to turn to.
We saw him grow into his own, to an extent, and grow up in There you Are. In Sand-Man’s Family, we got to see that growth from his perspective as well as see him grow into himself, into his new life and new family. We got to see that sometimes family is who you make it, not who you are born to.
Sandy’s journey isn’t full of angst and consequences. It is full of hope and love. It is full of mature decisions and friendship. It is a small step for Sandy.
I also enjoyed getting to know Jade. His background is pretty much completely opposite of that of Sandy. He grew up knowing who he was and being accepted along the way. His solid presence, along with that of Phineas and Cody, help mold and guide Sandy into his new life.
Thank you Ms. Elliott for Sandy’s story. It was a beautiful journey.
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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