Bullied as a child in small-town Kansas, Jeremy Cox ultimately escaped to Portland, Oregon. Now in his forties, he’s an urban park ranger who does his best to rescue runaways and other street people. His ex-boyfriend, Donny—lost to drinking and drugs six years earlier—appears on his doorstep and inadvertently drags Jeremy into danger. As if dealing with Donny’s issues doesn’t cause enough turmoil, Jeremy meets a fascinating but enigmatic man who carries more than his fair share of problems.
Qayin Hill has almost nothing but skeletons in his closet and demons in his head. A former addict who struggles with anxiety and depression, Qay doesn’t know which of his secrets to reveal to Jeremy—or how to react when Jeremy wants to save him from himself.
Despite the pasts that continue to haunt them, Jeremy and Qay find passion, friendship, and a tentative hope for the future. Now they need to decide whether love is truly a powerful thing or if, despite the old adage, love can’t conquer all.
Being bullied in small-town Kansas growing up was the stuff of nightmares, and as soon as he could Jeremy Cox left town. A college scholarship took him to Oregon, about as far away from Kansas as he could get.
Jeremy’s ex-boyfriend shows up one night beaten and bloody leaving Jeremy no choice but to help him out, but helping him opens Jeremy up to a world of danger he doesn’t see coming.
Qayin Hill is struggling with anxiety, depression and addiction but he’s still fighting. Meeting Jeremy at a coffee shop is a stroke of luck in Qay’s otherwise unlucky existence. The two hit it off, but Qay is torn about what if anything he should reveal about his past. Sometimes skeletons are best left in the closet.
Together the two will have to battle past demons and a torrent of trouble Jeremy’s ex has left in his wake to come out whole on the other side.
Holy Shit! I need a Xanax after this book. Every time something would happen I would think to myself, ok it can’t get any worse things have to get better, but oh my God they spiraled down so far. If there is a rock bottom these poor guys hit every rock, stick and stone on the way down.
The characters were well developed, the back story was amazingly believable and much like real life.
The story was gripping and emotional and I had a hard time putting it down, but all of the plot lines were answered before the book ended. I wasn’t left wanting for anything except a cathartic cry and maybe a glass of scotch.
4 pieces of eye candy