Author: Cara Dee
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/01/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance
For as long as I can remember, I’ve only had one goal: survival. It’s what I know. There is no future beyond making it through another night and getting my hands on as much money as possible, by any means necessary. Pride and dignity are things I can’t afford.
It’s been the worst year yet—and not because I live on the streets. That’s nothing compared to being separated from my little girl. But I do what I can, and I send any money I make for her care. I can only hope she remembers me. I’m past desperate, needing her to know how much I love her and that I’ve done everything in my power to make it back to her.
The day I stepped off the bus in Seattle, I saw him. Adrian appeared at a time I most needed a helping hand, and his habit of rescuing strays became my salvation. He gave me hope. He taught me to dream about something I’d never dared to wish for.
Home is where the heart is – but it is often a tough road to figure out.
This is a great first book in a new series by Cara Dee and it introduces Dominic who has given up everything, including his body that he sells every night, in order to find a way to scrape out a life that includes his daughter. His daughter has spent the last year with an aunt whilst Dominic survives daily horrors to himself and those around him. He is counting down the days until he gets on that bus, he can almost taste the life he is heading to even though he has no idea how it will work out when he gets there.
When Dominic finally gets of that bus he runs into Adrian and his two brothers who offer him a lift. For the first time in a long time Dominic puts his trust in someone else and accepts – he is desperate to get to Thea and getting in that car offers the fastest way there. Life isn’t a bed of roses for him once he arrives, his aunt isn’t a particularly nice person and she puts the men who flit in and out of her life before family leaving Dominic still living on the streets some nights.
Adrian is a teacher who spends all his spare time giving back to the community. He is so giving, so caring that his attitude towards helping others cost him his last relationship but he won’t give up or change for anyone. He recognises Dominic as someone who needs helping but he also knows that it will be like approaching a feral animal and he will have to do if carefully and slowly. He finally manages to strike a deal and Dominic and Thea move into his spare room but you always have the feeling that Dominic is one step from running away.
Their relationship develops slowly. Dominic doesn’t know how to have a sexual relationship that revolves around intimacy as he only knows sex as a way of earning money – he’s never even been kissed and he is left delighted, confused and for the first time in his life aroused when he kisses Adrian. It’s like a whole new world is opening up to him but without sufficient communication between the pair of them the way they both feel is not always clear and sets up a few stumbling blocks.
Great start and if you are a fan of Cara Dee then you will thoroughly enjoy this one.
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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