Rating: 4 stars out of 5
When Yanni Tomaras is kicked out of his family home, his parents’ final words are religious insults and an order to never return. Homeless and desperate, he’s lured in by Lance, charming on the outside, an evil predator underneath, who abuses him until he finds the courage to leave.
After years of being trapped, Yanni should feel free, but by the time Spencer Cohen finds him, he’s resigned to being handed back to Lance, and once again being caged by fear.
Starting school and a part-time job, Yanni starts to reclaim his life. But a love for silent films leads him to Peter Hannikov, a man twice his age with a kind heart, and an unlikely friendship between them blooms into so much more. Neither man knows what he wants, at first. Finding out exactly what he needs is Yanni’s story.
I liked this story. Although it wasn’t as awesome as the previous books, it was a nice addition to the series.
It is standalone, but I think it will be more enjoyable if it read in order.
I loved Yanni and Peter. Yanni was so terrified at the beginner and the book was mainly about his recovery and psychology heal after a super abusive relationship.
Peter helped him in that process and was there for him. First as a friend and then- after much patience and time- as a lover.
I loved Peter for how much he was willing to wait for Yanni. I was truly cheering for them.
They have an age gap – Peter was 43 and Yanni was 21 – but even with that (maybe, because of) they were connected. I didn’t feel as the age difference was a big deal in their story. For them, the age didn’t matter. Their connection just felt natural.
And we have a daddy kink here, guys. That was really interesting and hot. Yeah yeah.
I liked the plot in general, but I missed a big conflict or something like that. The story had some little challenges, that was quickly resolved, so we can see Yanni’s evolution along the novel. But didn’t have a big conflict. Everything was smooth. Maybe a little too much. And so you know: I don’t like much angst or many dramas. So saying I missed a conflict means that really there wasn’t any.
The story was quite slow paced. I mean, really slow paced. One could say it would be better if it was a little faster, but I understood where it came from. I mean, after everything Yanni went through, he needed time to heal. And I really liked this the process wasn’t rushed.
I loved the supporting characters and their journey. Jordan was my Yanni’s roommate favorite. I was so touched by her story and loved her interaction with Yanni.
I also felt in love with the Landons. They were so great. Spencer and Andrew appeared a little bit as well. I was missing them, so it was awesome to revisit the couple. Even if a briefly.
In resume, I really liked this book. N.R. Walker sure did a great job in writing here. 🙂
The cover art by Sara York is so amazing and match with the other covers in the series. I love it.
Ebook: 120,000 words
Expected publication: August 29th, 2017
Series: Spencer Cohen #4