- File Size: 474 KB
- Print Length: 227 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 197993214X
- Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group (November 21, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 21, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0776QRHJX
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #995,862 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The blurb is telling one story and when you dive into this book you feel you've read the wrong blurb. At least that's how I felt. But somewhere in the middle of the book it started to make sense.
Both main characters are pretty tough. They have sad pasts and now are parts of rival street gangs. When they meet for the first time, they have no idea who the other is. And one single hot encounter changed their lives forever.
I absolutely loved the writing! I got pretty invested into the story. I thought they were super hot together. This book has the hottest sex scenes and there's a lot of them. Not complaining about it though. At all. And this author surely knows how to make us fall in love with her characters. Their love story wasn't over the top surprising, but as you turn page after page real fast, you just want them together and hope they won't get caught. Well it wasn't like they were super careful, but that's not the point.
We get some crimes, fights, blood and drugs, but the story is focused on the development of their relationship. The first half of the book is mostly about them giving into temptation and accepting they can't stop even knowing they can die if they got discovered.
What they had, first the burning hot attraction and then the super deep love was so new for both of them and the secrecy added a little spice. At some point I got on the edge of my seat and hoped they'll make it together. And the end didn't disappoint, even if I would have wanted just a little more angst.
Overall this story was a very pleasant surprise. I fell in love with the writing. It was light and unexpectedly sweet at times. I usually hate too much sweetness, but here I loved the characters and their banter, their messages, their reactions to the other.
I can't wait to read more from this new author!
Warning: While there are violent moments that serve to remind of how ruthless the streets and the gang lifestyle is, this is not a violent or angsty book overall, despite the subject matter. There are some really shocking and sad moments (view spoiler) However, the book focuses more on the relationship development between two rival gang members from South Side, Chicago.
Evan (21) is a new recruit to Klown Killers and Jackson (23) has been gang affiliated with Dem Demonz for 10 years and is pretty high on the food chain. I loved how the beginning chapters paralleled Evan being initiated through his brother and Jackson initiating the new recruit.
The story does not gloss over anything, from dealing with drive bys, betrayals, pushing product, tagging, gang rivalry, credit fraud, incarceration, homelessness—it has everything to make this story as authentic and visceral as possible.
What ultimately sold me with this book is how on point and natural the dialect was, the issues addressed in the story (gang life, socioeconomic status/rough family background, homophobia, criminal injustice, drug addiction, murder, the list goes on...) and how the author created these beautiful, tough characters who manage to be tough and vulnerable at the same time, and love so intensely.
There were some things that had me scratching my head a bit:
-Gang mentality can be so rigid, so I found it a bit off that Jackson gave in so quickly to switching his allegiance to Evan and never regressed back to what he knew. Must be that good dick.
-Prison is rampant with drugs so Evan never being faced with temptation and detoxing in prison/maintaining sobriety was uplifting, but not as realistic as all the other elements in the story
However, none of my “issues” mentioned took away from the story as a whole.
And the sex scenes!!!!!!
There is an abundance of sex scenes in the book, each more intimate and intense than the last. I really loved the transition from dirty, raw, desperate, hardcore sex to extra dirty, raw, intimate sex because witnessing Jackson opening up and Evan finding someone who accepts every part of him takes the sex to a whole different level. I’m usually not a fan of a book that has a lot of sex scenes, but here, I couldn’t complain.
I loved the ending because first and foremost, it was realistic and simple, but it gives us hope about their futures and I just love books that are a better version of our reality where things work out despite hardships and our MCs get a HEA. These two deserved it.
This book is HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommended.
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Bleeding Like Me wasn't quite what I expected, but it is quite good. The author certainly shows a talent for drawing a reader in with an interesting storyline and...Read more