This book didn’t work for me at all. It was like “The Giver” meets “Divergent” gone wrong. I loved most books I’ve read from Lisa Henry and the feel of this one reflects more of her style than Belleau’s (not that I’ve read much from the latter’s works). The premise was interesting but thinly veiled and almost predictable.
The story was from Rory James’s POV who have worked all his life to become a citizen of the utopian city state of Beulah – his only chance to escape Tophet where he was born and was the exact opposite of Beulah. On his way to his new job, Rory was assaulted by a young man named Tate Patterson who also came from Tophet. Due to the strict law of the Beulah, Tate was offered and accepted a plea bargain via rehabilitation through restitution. Tate was to live with Rory for seven years and served him like a slave. Fitted with a behavior modifying chip, Tate is unable to disobey any orders. Unaware of the true nature of the chip, things spiraled down for Rory that even went beyond his worst nightmare destroying his dreams altogether and his chance at love.
The story to put it simply was just horrifyingly disturbing. It feels like some of those “scenes” were created more for shock value than for story development. Its pacing was excruciatingly slow, characters underdeveloped and the conclusion was just weird as hell. It was too bizarre for me if I’m being honest.
I can’t even begin to understand how the couple here fell for each other. And the whole thing about the chip was like some sort of underground bullshit. It was too forced when it’s actually a key piece in the story. I can’t say anymore without cringing thinking about this book. I honestly didn’t see any potential for its story to develop any more with the said premise. Okay, so I’ll zip it now. This is giving me horrible, horrible feelings…
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
This was an all-too depressing book which I find pretty conflicting and complicated. It’s too dark and disturbing for my taste and I somehow find it a bit repetitive. The first half of the book was astonishing to read because of its subtle description that will let the reader imagine the horrific [graphics] stuff that happened with one of the MCs.
When I read “The Darker Side Of Trey Grey by Tara Spears,” I thought it’s way too morbid but it was somehow inspiring at the least. This book though, represents a different kind of sadness, absurdity, and hopelessness that I felt for Lee. It was upsetting and I didn’t like that in this book even if things turned out well in the end.
Shaw is in Fiji to sell a stolen painting to the crime boss, Vornis. It will be the deal of a lifetime, if Shaw can pull it off. But then Vornis has to parade his latest toy around in front of him–a captured DEA agent whose time is running out. It’s none of Shaw’s business, and it doesn’t matter that under any other circumstances Lee would be exactly Shaw’s type: he’s young, he’s hot, and he might even have a personality if they hadn’t beaten it out of him. Too bad there’s no way Lee is getting off the island. Too bad there’s nothing Shaw can do for him. And too bad there are some lines that even Shaw won’t cross.
Keeping his hands off Lee proves harder than he thinks, but Shaw’s not stupid enough to fall for the tortured captive of a dangerous crime boss, is he? If he did, it wouldn’t be just his job he would be risking–it would be his life. via Goodreads
Rating: 2 our of 5 stars
Midway through this book, I was already thinking that this won’t end well but I was so wrong. It’s actually fucking golden. I specifically enjoyed the last half of the book because it was very fast-paced. I was sure glad that the author/s didn’t resort to rushing the characters the way some writers do it just to give it a happily-ever-after ending. This book was so realistic in so many levels.
Mark Cooper is a kinky Aussie teen dragged to America by his mum who re-marry and was forced to live the American way. Now in college, Mark found himself pledging for a fraternity which he didn’t care at all if only to please his mum and her new husband.
There, he meets the smart, responsible and gorgeous Deacon who is a member of the rival fraternity he’s pledging. Things aren’t that complicated as it seems even if they found themselves in the midst of frat-rivalry. It was rather complicated because it’s more than that – it’s how both of them will be handle what they have.
I thought Mark’s character is just LOVE. He’s sweet, witty and just oh so sexy. I loved the fact that he’s also shameless and so young. Deacon on the other hand was almost the opposite of Mark when it comes to personality so with that, they’re certainly a good fit. In the scope of things, I love that the author/s didn’t resort in an ideal ending but rather a more succinct and honest delivery involving the main characters’. This was rather a surprising read for me and I’m glad that I went through it all the way.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Published January 28th 2014 by Loose Id LLC (first published January 27th 2014)
About The Authors
I like to tell stories. Mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters. They gotta work for it though. No free lunches on my watch.
J.A. Rock is the author of queer romance and suspense novels, including BY HIS RULES, TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME, and, with Lisa Henry, THE GOOD BOY and WHEN ALL THE WORLD SLEEPS. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and a BA in theater from Case Western Reserve University. J.A. also writes queer fiction and essays under the name Jill Smith. Raised in Ohio and West Virginia, she now lives in Chicago with her dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.