Review: The Angel of 13th Street by Eden Winters #MM @EdenWinters1

TITLE: The Angel of 13th Street The Angel of 13th Street (The Angel of 13th Street 1)

AUTHOR:  Eden Winters

PUBLISHER: Rocky Ridge Books

LENGTH: 202 Pages

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Noah Everett shed his rent boy existence for a bar and helping young men get a second chance at life. Haunted by those he couldn’t save, he keeps others at bay until his self-imposed loneliness is shattered by ambitious but homeless Jeremy Kincaid.

Aged out of the foster system, Jeremy’s the perfect target for a ruthless pimp like Willie Carnell. He wants no part of any future that includes working for Willie, but without a strong ally, he may not have a choice.

Noah knows exactly what Willie’s capable of, and if he’ll fight for strangers, he’ll fight harder for Jeremy.

Even if it takes confronting his own past.

2010 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention

Goodreads Link

REVIEW:

Such a beautiful book! The story begins when Jeremy, an eighteen year old who’s living on the streets, is saved from a gang of ruffians intent on assaulting him. Jeremy’s savior, Noah, takes him in and protects him from a pimp who’s trying to turn him. Jeremy falls for Noah, but since Jeremy is twelve years younger than him, he doesn’t want to think of Jeremy in that way. Noah also has a past that he doesn’t want to share with Jeremy. Noah used to be a rent boy, but when he broke away, he decided to dedicate his life to helping rent boys escape the sex industry and start over. Noah want’s to shelter Jeremy from that existence, but Noah’s feelings for Jeremy as well as their cohabitation ends up putting Jeremy in danger.

This is the first time I’ve read Eden Winters, so I picked this book up out of curiosity, but I’m so glad that I did. The story-line was fantastic, and the characters were so honest and good. I loved Noah’s mission as well as the twist of his relationship with his former pimp. The sex scenes were extremely hot, but what I loved the most was the tragic beauty of Noah’s situation and the deep emotions involved.  He is truly a hero and I was in tears by the end of the book. If you love a book that can make you feel, this is definitely it. I recommend The Angel of 13th Street to anyone who loves m/m romance, drama, and YA.

RATING: Absolutely loved it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Barely Legal, Rape Attempt, Sex Trafficking, Sex Worker

BUY LINKS: 

Rocky Ridge Books

Amazon | ARe

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Spotlight: Mute Witness by Rick R. Reed #MM

TITLE:   Mute WitnessMute Witness

AUTHOR:   Rick R. Reed

PUBLISHER:   DSP Publications

LENGTH:    290 Pages

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2nd Edition

The abuse of a little boy turns a community against a loving gay couple, and nobody comes out of it unscathed.

Sean and Austin have the perfect life: new love, a riverfront home, security. Their love for one another is only multiplied when Sean’s eight-year-old son, Jason, visits on the weekends.

And then their perfect world shatters.

Jason goes missing.

When the boy turns up days later, he’s been so horribly abused he’s lost the power to speak. Immediately small town minds turn to the boy’s gay father and his lover as the likely culprits. What was a warm, welcoming community becomes a lynching party out for blood.

As Sean and Austin struggle to stay together amidst innuendo, the very real threat of Sean losing the son he loves emerges. Yet the true villain is much closer to home, intent on ensuring the boy’s muteness is permanent.

1st Edition published by ManLove Romance Press, 2009.

RATING:  Absolutely loved it!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, Blood & Gore, Child Abuse, Child Abuse (off page), Graphic Violence, Kidnapping, Murder, POV of Aggressor,POV of Victim, Psychological Trauma, Rape, Underage

BUY LINKS: 

DSP Publications  | Amazon  

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). His novel, Raining Men, won the Rainbow Award for Best Contemporary General Fiction. Lambda Literary Review has called him, “a writer that doesn’t disappoint.” Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever “at work on another novel.”

Visit him on the web at http://www.rickrreed.com or athttp://rickrreedreality.blogspot.com/