TITLE: Only the Lonely
SERIES: Twin Ties (Prequel)
AUTHOR: Lynn Kelling
PUBLISHER: Fantastic Fiction Publishing
LENGTH: 55 Pages
Evan Savage is a young teen desperately searching for something to hold on to and a way to be noticed. Living in rural Whippoorwill, Pennsylvania, his only family is an absentee father who leaves Evan alone for days at a time while away for work. Friendless and bullied at school, with only a nearby preacher named Jimmy to look out for him; Evan gratefully accepts attention wherever and however he gets it. Sometimes it feels like part of him is missing, and every day the void consumes more of Evan’s ability to fight back against his circumstances. While looking at himself in the mirror within a recurring dream, his reflection keeps reaching out to him with happiness he doesn’t feel, from a world different than his own, though much less tangible. Anonymous sexual encounters with strange men satisfy Evan’s need for company and reassurance that he’s someone worth wanting, as well as test his boundaries. But, faced with the growing temptation to slip away for good, it’s up to Jimmy, and Evan’s dream-world counterpart, to try to keep him there. (Prequel to the Twin Ties series, M/M)
Wow! I don’t even know where to begin. This book was a heart breaker and among the most taboo book I’ve ever read. The story begins with Evan seeking out companionship from older men. He’s only fourteen, but he has no friends and his father is always away. Evan realizes what he’s doing is risky, but he feels like it’s his only way of having some kind of connection with another human being. When he goes out on a date with a man who seems to show genuine interest in him, Evan feels like he can let his guard down. However happiness does not seem to be in the cards for him.
I’m so glad that this book is a prequel and several books in this series are already published. If they weren’t, the ending would be way too painful to accept. In addition to the tears and heartbreak, this book touched on taboo subjects that most authors wouldn’t dare touch with a ten foot pole. I commend the author for her daring, but also since it was so well written. Instead of being titillating, the erotic scenes make the danger and desperation of what he’s doing even more intense. Evan is seeking out older men in order to have some kind of companionship, but at the same time he knows what they’ll expect and he’s clearly afraid. He tries to trust, but Evan knows at any moment a man could overpower him and take what he’s not willing to give. The fact that he doesn’t view them as predators, or at least he tries not to, makes his situation even more tragic. Though the ending is devastating, the story is so compelling that I have to read on. I really want Evan to find someone who will love him and not just take advantage of him. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. I highly recommend Only the Lonely to anyone who loves taboo m/m erotica with a lot of angst.
RATING: Crazy about it!
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