- File Size: 375 KB
- Print Length: 110 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: eXtasy Books (July 15, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 15, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01I60NDG8
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Fallen Angel (Life Without Parole Book 1) Kindle Edition
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So much of the situations depicted in this book were realistic and sad in their realism. The public wants prisons for the good paying jobs / careers they offer, but mostly as some place to send the dregs of society. Prisons give people a sense of safety and for victims & their surviving loved ones a certain amount of justice. There are a plethora of reality programs and series that depict life in the joint. From Beyond Scared Straight to Lock Up. The many true crime series end with the sentencing of the killer. But the daily life of a Lifer, a LWHOP: Life Without Parole from the prisoners perspective is as depressing as it is fascinating.
In this first of a six book series, you get introduced to the main and secondary characters, both prisoners & guards. Trey Palmer and Jeremy , Skeeter, various guards, and even a transgender inmate, who has to be incarcerated according to her actual gender of male.
The difficulties and dehumanization begin on the bus ride to the prison. They become a number for the Count. The monotony of the day to day life over years is too much for some. The realization that every aspect of your life is now controlled by the Department of Corrections is daunting. Having to learn the rules can be a steep learning curve, but there is an expectation that you learn the "rules" as quickly as possible, for your safety.
You're expected to "Man up!" Nobody's going to molly coddle you. Small, pretty, sensitive men don't stand a chance. "Fresh meat!" The worse neighborhood in an U.S. city is a great deal safer than a maximum security prison. Some parts of this story hard to read. You wonder how it is possible in such a terrible environment for attraction, affection, much less love to emerge? In this first book Jeff Erno begins to show the reader how.
~This is a partial review. Full review originally posted on BackPorchReader[dot]com 11/5/2016
The writing is gorgeous. Truly. I don’t know what my expectations were exactly, but the end result is that I was pleasantly surprised…and kind of in awe of the absolute artfulness of the prose, descriptions, and characterizations.
This book is largely from the perspective of inmates. They’re drawn with such clarity and depth…that I couldn’t help but get sucked into Jeremey’s horrors and fears, Trey’s inner strength, anger, and aloofness. I couldn’t help but be empathetic to their plight, their insistence of innocence or justification for the crimes of which they’d been convicted. I couldn’t help but build up a strong sense of hope for them that teams of lawyers were toiling day and night to see them breathe free.
This isn’t just the story of Jeremy and Trey, as we also get snippets and scenes of an ensemble cast of other inmates and a handful of the correctional officers. Normally, I’m not too hip on deviating from the story of the MCs and what I hope is building toward some sort of HEA. But, I think there’s a much broader story happening here where all of these scenes will come full circle and make more sense to me in the long run.
Which leads me to the warning that this ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. So, start this knowing full well that you’re gonna have to suck it up and buy books 2 through 6 in rapid succession. I’ve just barely started book two, but it happened within minutes of finishing book one.
This book was gorgeous, evocative, and real without over-romanticizing the setting. It carried me to uncomfortable places — but was so moving, human, and compelling that it left me wanting more.
I have to recommend this. Have to. It’s a different sort of romance in the M/M world, that’s for sure. But, it’s one that steps into the darkness of a world that hopefully few will ever experience and offers two beautiful souls the dawning rays of hope, love, and freedom. (Eventually. I hope.)
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