Grayson: A Bully Novel (Bully #1)
AUTHOR’S BLURB: Ten years ago…
A month and a half ago, I made a choice.
A choice that nearly cost me everything:
my friends, my family, my life.
Who knew that choice would nearly cost me my future?
Ten Years Later…
Grayson Michaels made that fateful decision as a teenager, he’s determined to not let the past define him. Control him. Bind him. Vulnerability is not an option. When his demons surface in the form of Finn Abbott, Grayson learns that everything isn’t as it seems.
Finn Abbott is trying to put his life back together. Divorce, house arrest, and a slew of lovers have only caused his life to spiral out of control. But a job offer comes along and everything seems to be back on track. That is until the ghost of a scorned boy returns in the form of a vengeful man.
Fate is a fickle friend. Questions need answered and debts need repaid. What happens when past and present collide? Can two people destined to be enemies find love instead? As they say, there’s a fine line between love and hate.
MY REVIEW: This was an interesting read on a thought-provoking couple of subjects. With some sexy times thrown in for good measure. I never went through the bullying in school, so I don’t know how it would affect a person, personally. The way that the cutting is described is accurate, though sped up dramatically. And there’s a different psychology from cutting cutting to suicide, but maybe that part came from the bullying? I wasn’t able to grasp much besides a general whining. Not that bullying isn’t terrible and doesn’t happen. Or doesn’t have an impact. It just didn’t resonate emotionally here. There was still an emotional distance. Maybe because it was told from the perspective of a past narrative?
I did like the newer, romance, part better, but there was still emotional distance. It’s like there’s plexiglass between the reader and the characters. Overall, a good read.
***STOP THE BULLYING***
Finn (Bully, #2)
AUTHOR’S BLURB: It all started with a doll…
All I wanted was to be a kid,
to have fun with my friends and make mistakes.
But little did I know that my father had other plans.
A daily life lesson constantly spat in my face.
Every day, for years, I’ve been told that I’m wrong.
That I’m a mistake.
That I’m a sinner.
That no matter what, I’m an abomination.
A reminder that’s been drilled into my head;
beaten into my body and soul;
like a punch to the gut;
shoved in my face,
that what I am is a betrayal to my family.
Simply for being me. Simply for being gay.
Now, all I want is to be free from this nightmare that I’m trapped in.
To find the one that got away.
The one with the hazel eyes…
All I want is to find him
so he can save me from myself.
MY REVIEW: Heartwrenching and agonizing, but a great compliment to the first book in the series. It made both main characters more human and appealing than the first book did.
I voluntarily read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. And boy, am I glad I did.
UPDATE: Per the end of Finn, it looks like there will be at least one more book in this series. Logan. I don’t know if any additional books are planned, or when that one is scheduled for release, but will try and keep this post updated as I learn anything.