Rating: 4 stars out of 5
I’ve escaped a past that would have destroyed most men: used, abused and sold for sex from a young age by those who should have protected me, an unexpected moment of compassion from a stranger gives me a chance at a new life.
Though I’ve started over, my scars run deep; I’m an LGBTQ fantasy graphic novel writer and artist with a huge following, but I’m terrified of the world. When I discover that the stranger who saved me from a life of abuse is the same man who has finally awakened my body to desire, I realize the truth: Can I ever really be free if I’m still afraid of my past and the people who shattered me?
Serving as a medic in the Middle East, I felt the life of my fiancé slip away under my hands and was powerless to stop it. Discharged with physical and emotional wounds I can’t heal, I go home to my crazy, geeky family and try to learn to live with the damage.
Pain and grief lead me to some acts I’m not proud of, including paying strangers for sex. I’m determined to keep it strictly business, no emotions involved, but when I discover that Mason Malone isn’t a high-end escort, but a battered young man forced into a life of pain and degradation, I’m frozen in indecision. Then the man with the raven curls and blue-gold eyes whispers “”Please…”” and the barriers I built around my heart shatter.
Years later, fate brings us back together. He has a new name and career, but I could never forget those eyes. Mason, unfortunately, doesn’t recognize me. Every day I find myself more and more drawn to him, but I’m terrified of what will happen when our secrets are discovered.
As both of our pasts threaten our future, can we find a path to redemption? Can love and forgiveness overcome soul-shattering pain? Or will the discovery of our shared past create a chasm too wide to bridge?
Warning: PTSD, major anxiety issues, and sexual abuse, including rape, the aftermath of child molestation, and human trafficking.
I am not usually good with long stories (and I didn’t know how long this one was going to be) but I didn’t have trouble with this book because it kept my attention the whole time. There were so many heartbreaking parts in this story but thankfully both of these two would be able to break free of the fear and re-start their lives.
Having to read about Mason’s abuse was heartbreaking. He had to deal with so much as a child and teen, more than many could ever understand. I was so happy when he thought he finally got away but got thrown right back into heartbreak when Ricky found him. But he was finally rescued by his Dark Angel though he still lived in fear until Lee really came into his life.
Lee has always had the support of his loving family but losing his fiancé and being injured at the time seemed to break him. Rescuing Mason helped him break free of that and while he no longer lives in that darkness he doesn’t find it in him to move on until Mason inexplicably comes back into his life.
I loved that these two just had such a connection that it helps them to move forward. It hurt so bad when Mason’s past came back at him but I was so happy that he was able to find the courage to take control and finally get the closure he needed. I was so happy to see them building a life together and then Mason giving Lee the wonderful gift at the end.
The cover art by Reese Dante is an absolutely wonderful picture of Mason
Sales Link: Amazon
ebook, 461 pages
Published: August 1, 2019
Edition Language: English
Series: Twin Peeks Bookstore #1