Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
A twisted act of cruelty and prejudice drives Billy Joe from his Mississippi home, and he makes it as far as Pennsylvania—where his car breaks down just as the year’s first snowstorm blows in. Fortunately, Carlos is there to lend a hand.
Carlos is no stranger to hardship. His family rejected him for being gay, but with determination, he put himself through school and became a librarian. Carlos sees the same willpower in Billy, and he wants to help Billy and his son succeed in a new life that is very different from the one they left behind. With his support, they start to adjust, and before long, both men want more than encouragement from each other. They want the chance for a future together, but their families have other ideas… and Billy’s will stop at nothing to get what they want.
This was a wonderful story. Billy Joe flees his hometown with his son after witnessing something horrible to allow them to make a better life for themselves. Carlos is drawn to the man with the guarded eyes and the adorable little boy.
Billy Joe lived his life under his father’s bigoted rule but after a horrible realization escapes with Tyler. Carlos has lived without his family for years but made a new one with his friends.
I really liked how much “real” this story was. Billy had to deal with a very scary prospect to get justice for his friend but other than that there wasn’t anything big and extravagant, which I think a lot of stories seem to use. I loved watching Carlos and Billy Joe navigate how to entwine their lives together. You could see how both of these men have been jaded by life but want the world for Tyler and will work hard to make it happen, there is no real “rescuing” going on; they both had to support each other in different ways. I could feel both of their pain but also their happiness throughout the story. And I loved Tyler, that boy was adorable, but he wasn’t perfect and still had fits unlike how children are often portrayed.
The cover art by Kanaxa is wonderful and perfect for this story.
ebook, 200 pages
Published: March 13, 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English