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I loved the struggle and the sweet silence that Titus lived with. He was kind and gentle. He was was pure and precious. He was stuck in a world...a life he shouldn't have been in.
Angel was the bright light at the end of the tunnel. He was the happiness that Titus needed. He was understanding and loving. Angle and Titus were fated to find each other.
#HolyHipsterHell #Posthaste #Bumble #Cult #KoolAid #ShelteredBoy
I was really intrigued by the blurb for this m/m romance. Sexual identity. Religion. Perhaps a cult? Definitely not light and fluffy but I was looking forward to a complicated read with a new author….
It was complicated. Yet it was not. I want to say it was simple, but it really was not. I definitely can’t categorize in just a few words so more will have to do. Titus was stuck. He had a role to play, now and in the future, and his personal feelings were taking last place to the wants and needs of his family, of his vocation, of his religious leader, and, of his God. A lot to reconcile and come to terms with and for Titus, that remained a work in progress…
“Titus wanted to be closer. Inside Angel’s skin. Fully absorbed in Angel, until there was nothing else.”
Angel was running. I want to say not from what he was, who he was, but from love gone wrong, from lies… When he met Titus, someone who – while being honest – wasn’t living true to himself, he didn’t know which was harder to deal with…
“How could God have made him wrong?”
I loved the honesty of both Titus and Angel. There were many conversations, as well as inner monologues, that slowly peeled away their thoughts, their hopes, their fears. Angel, for all his worldliness, was surprisingly more guarded than Titus. Not that Angel wasn’t up front about his sexuality, he was. He knew he was gay and wasn’t ashamed of it. He also understood not everyone was accepting of that. (Okay, I had to grimace a little at that sentence, given how the two men met….) Titus was beyond sheltered, again not surprising given where and how he was raised, what he was being groomed for. Despite their differences, their coming together felt real and very, very right.
This felt like a personal story. A journey of discovery, of realizations, of love found and treasured. Unexpectedly light-hearted in spots but with serious consideration for some not light topics, this was a unique love story to savour.
I have no idea if there will be more but if we heard more from these characters, especially finding out what happens to Paul, Titus’ brother, I would not be disappointed in the slightest. I want so much more for him too…
**Reviewed for 1-Click Addict Support Group
In today's day and age, the way people choose to live is literally that, their choice. But, there are times when people are brainwashed to believe and act in a certain way. This is something that Titus, the male lead character has had to deal with his entire life. Not all religious sects are bad, and not all of them practice in the same way (living isolated from the rest of the world). We are all allowed to choose our own spiritual and religious path, no one should force us or choose one for us. In Titus' case, he was born into the Lambs of God. He is to be the leader or Prophet when his grandfather passes. He will have to continue to live a life that he does not feel connected to. He has been taught to suppress the urges that he has and has to do penance for that. While out working one day he literally trips over a beaten and broken man, laying on the side of the road. Wanting to do the right thing and be a good Samaritan. He knows that taking Angel home to the compound is not the smartest move, but the man needs help and Titus feels drawn to him. Having Angel so close is going to test him more than he ever knew.
Can Titus find happiness, something that he has wanted for so long and still be able to keep his spiritual and religious beliefs intact? Can he find a way to free himself from the chains that hold him down? Will Angel be able to show him what it is that he has been missing in his life or with their lives be threatened by the mere fact that they have a bond so strong that it isn't what is considered normal?
I was sucked in from the blurb alone. Forsaken is a gut-wrenching, emotional, heartfelt read. I could not put it down. If you are looking for an amazing afternoon read that will have your heart and head running a marathon of emotions, then this is the book for you. My heart is still trying to recover from this one. J.R. Gray is an amazing writer, his characters come to life within the pages of the book and I felt like I was there with them. The storyline is very believable as are the characters...a must read in my opinion!
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