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Tyler's daddy Billy Joe (oh come on, and they're from Mississippi!) escapes his father and mother (stereotypical bigots) and takes Tyler on the road after witnessing a cataclysmic event that we are not privy to until midway through the book, which is right. They wind up driving into a snowstorm in Grey's favorite place, middle Pennsylvania, where they are rescued by Carlos, a kind and sweet and hot single gay man (I think he's on the cover, which is a huge mistake--this is Billy Joe's story).
In any case, Carlos also has issues--he left his California Latino family after they basically threw him out for being gay, and now we have a set-up for a romance and an in-depth discussion of what family really should be. In between both Billy Joe and Carlos have serious challenges from their bigoted families who are not quite gone from their lives, and these scenes are stunning in their exposition of bigotry.
Grey saves this book by weaving supporting characters and bonding episodes between Billy Joe, Tyler and Carlos that give us hope, and bolster the courage of our two MC's to finally live the life they want.
I’m going to have to check whether books are published by Dreamspinner Press because if this is how they “edit” and the bad writing, I’m not going to read their books any more.
Billy Joe has grown up in a hate filled home where his father and mother are modern day Nazis and so
intolerant that they cannot see the other side of any argument. What they don’t realize is their own son
is someone they preach hatred of and consider his kind an abomination. When Billy Joe secretly
witnesses his father and his clan murder someone Billy Joe knows is a good man he realizes it is time to
leave. Billy Joe fathered a little boy when he was a teenager and he cherishes that child so much he
doesn’t want him to grow up to be a hater or anything like Billy Joe’s parents. So, Billy Joe loads up his
car with as many belongings as will fit in the car with he and his son Tyler and hits the road.
When Billy Joe reaches Pennsylvania he runs into a snow storm as well as car trouble. A kind man named
Carlos stops to help his and goes so far as to offer him food and shelter. From there, Billy Joe finds a job
and friends who become his family. That’s the gist of the story.
There is so much more to the story but it is deep and in order to fit in a novel sized book it is very fast
paced. These are two men who have not met their parents’ hateful expectations but are good men
themselves. As Billy Joe says, it has to stop somewhere and he draws the line in the sand. That is what it
is going to take to change society – good men who won’t tolerate the hatred to continue. An excellent
This book is another example of the talent and skill that is Andrew Grey. The way this book starts will have you on the edge of your seat, even though you don’t know what’s going on, you know it’s bad. Billy Joe grabs his son and disappears into the night. The story of what happened unfolds throughout the book, but you get pieces until you know. And it’s not an easy story to read.
I liked Billy Joe and Carlos. These were just two every day men, trying to improve their lives, their situation and creating a new life for themselves. They were both great fathers to Billy Joe’s son and thanks to their families, had learned how not to be a parent. The story is full of great supporting characters who come together to create a family with Billy Joe and Carlos. The relationship between the two men was comfortable from almost the very beginning. They just seemed to make a life together without a lot of effort and thought.
No one writes children into stories like this author. He’s able to utilize them to create the perfect dynamic without letting the story be overwhelmed with their presence. Children always enhance the relationship but don’t detract from the story. He’s also woven quite the story in this one that shows some truly negative aspects of humanity, issues that are usually hidden but happen every day in our world. And, because this is fiction, people get the punishments they deserve and Billy Joe and Carlos get their HEA.
I highly recommend you read Running to You. Though there are some tough issues in this book, it never overwhelms the story.
Rating: 4.5 stars
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