It’s Jaye Larson’s nineteenth birthday, and all he wants is to spend time with his boyfriend and his mother—the people he loves most and who make life worth living. But, faced by his mother’s demons, the imperfections of his relationship with boyfriend, Kris, and dangerous, homophobic strangers, one by one, all of Jaye’s dreams are soon derailed. Plunging into a waking nightmare, shortly after going to bed alone, he wakes in an alley, pinned down by two men with slow, bloody rape and murder in mind. It’s just the start of Jaye’s fight for his life, and his sanity, as time and time again, he’s forced to make impossible choices and survive, no matter what it costs. (M/M – See publisher’s website for content labels.)
I think this was a great book.
It’s the first Lynn Kelling’s book i’d read and i’m tempted to read more.
The beggining show a sweet and happy character, full of dreams, who, since that moment, the reader is able to imagine how resilient he is because he hasn’t let that, what seems like a difficult childhood, get the best of him. I loved Jaye from that moment, i know most readers had read Arctic Absolution first and they already know the character, but for me, this was the first time i get to know the character and he got me loving him from the first scenes.
The prision was captivating for me, understanding the different gangs, who has the power, the rutines, the rol that the guards play and the fact that Jaye was getting himself into a new world and everything he knew was leave at the door.
Cash and the Disciples were great, they are not good persons but what they represent to Jaye was beyond being good or bad, was about survival, respect and, in sort of way, family.
Cash specifically was magnificent, how intriguing he was. I really loved the way he interact with Jaye, sometimes unexpectedly, some very predictable. The reference to Johnny Cash made me smile.
Jaye was a delight to read, i couldn’t help to loved him. It was amazing to see how can someone change so dramatically, but it was made at such a nice and slow pace that it made it very realistic, i don’t think any reader might have doubts the experience Jaye had could break someone.
It’s interesting to see how the desire to live can take a person to unimaginable paths, it’s great to see how brave Jaye is and how much he is ready to compromise in order to get what he needs.
Jaye’s ghosts were something i enjoy to read, all the hopelessness and how he try to handle it. It was very well represented
I think the writing was great, i felt hooked to the book from start and i couldn’t stop reading. It is an amazing book, but is certaintly not a romance, and is full of violence and it might not be suitable to all reader, so it’s very important to read the warnings. I would definitely recomend it to reader that enjoy reading dark theme books.