Author: J. Leigh Bailey
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Rating: 4.50 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/15/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Gay Fiction, Young Adult
Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Martin knows what they say about good intentions, and he finds out it’s all true. After all, he had the best of intentions when he stepped in to stop a friend from making a terrible mistake, but when he’s caught with his friend’s gun, no one believes him. As punishment, Isaiah is forced to pack his bags and join his missionary father in politically unstable Cameroon, Africa.
Isaiah’s father also has good intentions, and he devotes all his time to them, so he sends Henry, a mysterious and attractive do-gooder, to act as Isaiah’s chaperone—and hopefully keep him out of trouble. But once again, the best-laid plans quickly go awry and Isaiah and Henry are abducted by enemy soldiers. If they want to live through their ordeal, they’ll have to work together and learn to trust each other until they’re rescued—or come up with a plan to save themselves and hope, for once, nothing goes wrong.
What a breath of fresh air!
If you’re in a reading rut or just feeling the itch for something different…this is the title to start with. The setting and the plot were both completely new to me, and – in combination with a pair of lovely (yet realistic) teenagers as the MCs – it cleansed my mental palate and kept me engaged throughout.
I would have enjoyed just a tiny little bit of extra exposition and wrapping up of loose strings at the very end, but your mileage may vary, and as I’ve got no other big complaints or annoyances to speak of, it’s a thumbs up for J. Leigh Bailey. I’ll be looking into more of her work in the future.
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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