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Dr. Joseph Cooper enters Wentworth Prison sentenced for a mistake. A God awful mistake. Killing a woman and her unborn baby. He walks into prison with his head held high, innocent, not knowing the danger all around him. Young, handsome, and very vulnerable.
When Gabriel sees Joey, he decides he needs punishing, and as had man at Wentworth, he is just the man to do it. So when Joey enters the showers, Gabriel follows and takes what he wants, leaving Joey a broken, bloody, raped mess. And then adds insult to injury and becomes his cellmate.
Joey would rather die than face rape again. And tells Gabriel so. And then tells him his story. What got him in prison, what destroyed his life. All men in prison are innocent - it is the oldest story in the book. But something...touches Gabriel and changes his mind. He desires Joey, like he has never desired anything in his life. But he will not take it. He will protect him, but not force. Not again.
As time passes, the two forge a truce of sorts. But will Joey ever forgive Gabriel? hat drove Gabriel to commit the murders that have him in prison? And what kind of future is there for these two men in the life in which they are trapped?
This book, this stunning, harsh, broken heart of a book, took me to places I did not want to go, showed me things I did not want to see, but then Then it taunted me with hope and love and redemption and pain and heartbreak. And damn it, I wanted it. I wanted these two men to have a future, against the odds and the circumstances and the realities. I wanted like they wanted.
"But because in this place where he'd lost so much, when nearly every comfort had been taken away, he alone had the power to forgive Gabriel. And with the realization of his power came the sweet temptation to use it."
Power where least expected. Love and romance where most dangerous. Where can it all lead? Somewhere bittersweet, somewhere fine, somewhere terrible.
Read this with your heart. S.A. Reid has made me open mine, grabbing me and never letting go.
I mean this whole book had my emotions everywhere. And the ending? OMGAWD!
We've all heard, read, seen movies, even watched the news with the gory tales of what prison life is like for some. Maybe even from loved ones who have experienced it for themselves. Make no mistake, this book is raw, gritty & brutal with some of the details of that life.
We see here choices being made from all kinds of perspectives. Those things that drive us to choose things that under any other circumstance, may not have ever even entered our minds. With Gabriel & Joey, through their eyes, you see these harsh truths. The pain, the brutality, fear & uncertainty of it all. Yet still under all the gruesomeness & muck. The pain & beyond, you witness a rare and all consuming love that cannot be defined. That refuses to be put in a perfect, understood box of normalcy. It is what it is. So let's just leave it at that.
Gabriel I HATED this man. And I hate him even more for making me not only feel for him, but understand him. And dare I say it? Forgive him. He is beyond complicated. He is a man who has done many, many bad things. Yet he still has many good layers of his heart that always contradicted his actions. But if you pay attention, you'll see & understand why.
Joseph(Joey) What would I do if I were him and in his situation? Honestly, probably the exact same things that he did. The same choices I would have made. This man broke my heart. The things he had to endure. The fact that everything, and I do mean everything, was taken away from him through no fault of his own. But he still somehow in the midst of all of this never lost his power. He still remained who he was to his very core. He is one very beautiful and honorable man.
These 2 men had me balling, screaming, cursing, blushing, & everything in between.
If you're looking to read a standalone m/m romance, with the complicated text of circumstance & a bittersweet ending, then I HIGHLY recommend that you read this book.
The only other advice I have to give, if you decide to read this, is... "Buckle up"
I'm a sucker for prison type stories, the raw brutality of life inside. Most I've read have fallen short, but the author capture the reality of what I envision inmates would have to endure!
For some reason this story makes me think of a train journey. It started at a leisurely pace, I enjoyed the ride taking in all the scenery. Then the train gained speed at an alarm rate. I knew it was going to turn bad so held on tight Before I knew it, it was out of control, and BOOM! I didn't want to look at the mess yet I couldn't peel my eyes away!
Then it was over, the ending dramatic yet anti-climatic at the same time. It's hard to explain. In one way I wanted it over, yet I didn't.
Two days later I am still thinking about it, so lets just say this story had a hell of an impact on me! Fantastic!
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Well... I liked this story. It's a tough one though. There's a very graphic non-con scene, so be warned. It's also very much GFY.Read more