- File Size: 6204 KB
- Print Length: 208 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dream Trek Imprint (February 14, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 14, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B018RE9K7E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,108 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ethan's major writing advantage is that he builds characters people care about. This is always a sign of good writing. We are rooting for these guys from the get-go and every obstacle they face only makes us crave their happiness more. Their struggle to get off the streets and build a decent life for themselves is as admirable and heart-warming, as it is desperate. It kept me on the edge of my seat, for sure.
The true strength of the novel, however, lies in the humanity of the story. The unlikely story of two homeless gay guys who meet in the streets of New York and fall in love. Ethan deals with the difficult subject of homelessness in an honest, heartfelt way. The more you dig in their story, the more the two characters seem real and believable.
Romance-wise, the story builds slowly. But it's appropriate, given the circumstances. When it's the time for a well-deserved happy ending, the writer pulls it of in a genious way. However, the way the curtain falls, seems to me, that it should be a bit less on the Hollywood-happy-ending side. No spoilers: but the overabundance of resources - a direct contrast, which is miles away from the point these characters both started, is a bit too much. It would be better, I think, if Pierce and Rafe found their vocation and the story stopped there. Giving them an almost instant success is not very realistic.
The steamy male-to-male sex scenes are very earthy and, honestly, quite cute. There is no graphic sex for the sake of it. Just two young gyus falling in love, doing what guys do! If anyone has a problem with that, you've been warned! Just don't pick up a male-to-male romance if this is not up your alley. I sincerely think the novel deals with the subject in a way that anyone, who is ok with the LGBTQI community in general, can enjoy the reading.
Ethan's story is a self-published effort, so, you should expect a few weak spots here and there, but nothing a good editor wouldn't be able to fix. As I was finishing the story, I kept thinking that it's a real pitty Chris Ethan is not a full-time writer. Considering that he wrote this story and published it himself, the result is truly amazing. I hope Ethan will soon be able to quit his morning job! I can only imagine what wonders he will do by focusing entirely on his writing.
When these two young men first encounter each other it is anything but a good start. I think it is safe to say that after that first ‘meeting’ it’s a minor miracle they end up as friends at all. That first meeting is also a good indicator of what the first few months they spend together will be like; tough, hostile and often hopeless with initially far more downs than ups. But neither man is willing to just give up. While the hopelessness of their situation as homeless youths threatens to bring them down more than once, they persevere. Especially Pierce refuses to let the system win.
As the reader you are aware, almost from the start, that these two guys are not only attracted to each other but also meant to be together. Pierce and Rafe take longer to come to that realisation though; mostly because the two of them are just not
point of skimming over passages just to get to the part where they do talk again. Not so in this book. For these two men it made sense not to talk to each other about their feelings considering how it was being honest with their families which landed them on the streets in the first place.
I loved the message I found in this story; perseverance pays. It may take a while but continuing to fight does lead to results for Pierce and Rafe. I liked these two young men together, fighting the system and beating it. And I loved that amid all the ugliness, cruelty and indifference they encounter, they also met good souls, friends and charity.
The ending was somewhat fairytale-like and I’m not sure the story needed it, since these characters were always going to make it. But, I’d come to care about Rafe and Pierce enough to not begrudge them their miracle.
Overall this was a touching, at times heartbreaking, but ultimately uplifting story. It portrayed human kindness and perseverance with as much care for detail as it did the horrors of living on the street, getting the balance exactly right for this reader. I’m looking forward to seeing what this author will offer us next.
Living on the streets of New York City is hard, almost not livable. There are a few ways to survive......
Their first encounter is not the best one. One stealing the others possession.
The journey they go through is hard, painful. It put knots in my stomach and sometimes I really wanted to cry.
Pierce is strong with a big heart. Rafe is a small delicate guy and ill.
They are both lovable and are very endearing personalities.
Both have their own reasons living on the streets. And both have their own way to generate money.
They are drawn to each other. Pierce want to take care of Rafe.
Somehow Pierce finds a solution to hold Rafe from the street. Finding a part time job at a restaurant with a good owner is a opportunity to eat everyday. After losing it again he puts Rafe above himself, he wants to disappear.
Now and then a little light at the horizon and then there is darkness again.
The streets are violent and Pierce almost lost his life and his precious suitcase to some robbers.
The suitcase plays a big part in Pierce's life and holds a big secret.
A heartbreaking story, it did make me nauseous, my heart squeezed but overall it was a story about finding love and opportunities in life.
And last but not least it has a HEA (thank you lord ;-)
A comment: Sometimes the flow was gone and I mist some connection. It did get better further in the book, the story become more solid. The story ask your concentration. Things were happening without knowing the cause yet.
In my country everyone can depend on healthcare (again thank you lord !)