Author: M.B. Mulhall
Publisher: Harmony Ink
Release Date: 3/7/2017
Genre(s): M/M YA/NA
Page Count: 210
Heat Level: 1 flame out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Eighteen-year-old Oliver’s troubles don’t end when he’s released from prison. He has nowhere to go, and he can’t even think about moving past his crimes while trying to survive homelessness.
Helping an elderly woman after a fall guides Oliver into at least a temporary home. In exchange for odd jobs and some assistance, he’s welcomed into a life with the old twin spinsters, and it seems too good to be true. The neighbor, Simon, certainly thinks it is. He doesn’t trust Oliver or his motives. Oliver is used to that kind of judgment, but it isn’t helping him overcome his guilt. Maybe Simon is right and Oliver doesn’t deserve happiness—or any of the other feelings stirring in a heart Oliver thought he’d closed off for good.
Oliver has two options: let the pain of his past swallow him and destroy all hope for the future, or move on to the new possibilities in front of him. Choosing to live won’t be easy, and Oliver might not be able to do it alone.
Ok, so if we overlook the fact that a large portion of the book is highly unlikely, It’s a good story. It would be awesome if old ladies would happily take in a lodger in the form of a teenage boy who has been released from prison – without even asking his crime! – but I don’t think I’d be so generous. Maybe those ladies exist somewhere out there, who knows. That aside, I actually liked the characters, they are a loving and compassionate bunch and despite Oliver’s personal story being a pretty sad one, he gets an HEA that he never thought he’d deserve, much less find.
Oliver has been released from prison but due to the fact that he’s determined to punish himself for an event that took the lives of his father and younger sister, he has been living on the streets and doing what is necessary in order to survive. After a little coercion from his parole officer (I loved his character), Oliver finds himself being duped into staying with two incredibly generous old ladies. It is through these ladies that we meet Oliver’s love interest – Simon. Simon isn’t quite so willing to accept that Oliver is genuine and he makes it clear that he doesn’t trust this new house guest. Their initial introduction is a little rocky but Oliver is determined to prove himself. Despite his initial misgivings, Oliver finds this brash neighbour quite attractive and slowly and steadily, the boys come to form a bond. When they do finally decide to act upon their attraction, it’s all a bit too PG and so there is no chemistry. I don’t need a book to be filled with over the top sex scenes to make it worth reading but a brand new relationship between boys above the age of consent should be exciting and they should be desperate to be in each others company but I didn’t get that from the book.
The story flows well and is easy to read plus there’s plenty going on so you won’t get bored but a large proportion of the story is taken up with Oliver being convinced that everyone would abandon him if they found out his background, making this not exactly the most lighthearted of reads. All in all, it’s a nice story but it really could have been a great one.