Reviewed by Tammy
TITLE: Fallen Angel
SERIES: Life Without Parole, #1
AUTHOR: Jeff Erno
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
LENGTH: 110 Pages
RELEASE DATE: July 8, 2016
Their love, forbidden yet beautiful, hardly stood a chance of surviving a place like this. Trey Palmer killed his stepfather three years ago, stabbing him repeatedly with a butcher knife, and now he’s facing life behind bars. He doesn’t deny what he did, nor does he regret it. But he’s plagued with flashbacks of a torturous childhood in which he was abused by this man he finally extinguished. In prison, Trey employs a strategy of avoidance. He becomes a loner and a workaholic, steering clear of the gangs and their drama. His life changes one day, however, when a new cellmate arrives. Jeremy Banks, also in for murder, decries his innocence. With his long hair and angelic face, he’s too pretty for a men’s prison. Though at first annoying and mouthy, Jeremy begins to wiggle his way into Trey’s heart, and Trey starts to wonder if maybe the kid really is innocent. He truly does seem like an angel. Their feelings for each other evolve, blossoming into something forbidden yet beautiful. But how can a love like theirs last in a place like this?
As this is the first book by Jeff Erno that I’ve read I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I got was a very intense realistic (I think) look at what life in prison would be like. I must say I was a bit confused by random section’s about prisoners who appear to be obscure side character’s. I’m hoping all will be cleared up in the second book.
Trey Palmer is twenty years old, he’s currently served three years of his sentence. Trey murdered his step-father when he could no longer stand by as he beat his mother and repeatedly raped him from when he was eight years old! When Trey learns his step-father has started raping his younger brother he goes ballistic and stabs him repeatedly. Trey never denied the fact that he murdered him and as such he got life without parole.
Jeremy Banks is just arriving in prison after being sentenced to life without parole for murdering his boyfriends father. Jeremy is innocent but as he left it too late to explain what happened no-one would listen to him when he did. The first thing to happen to Jeremy is that he’s raped by one of the prison guards who is new to the job and hated by practically every prisoner there.
Jeremy and Trey end up cell-mates much to Trey’s disgust. Jeremy is far too innocent and trusting, the most frustrating thing is that he won’t listen to Trey when he tries to teach him the ways of prison life. Jeremy is scared to death of everything and everyone, he doesn’t know who to trust or believe. As time goes by for the two men they become as close as they can without being caught by any CO’s “Correction’s Officer’s” as that would mean immediate punishment.
There’s not a great deal more than that in this first instalment. To me, Fallen Angel is the settling in period while the next instalment will hopefully get down to the nitty-gritty of prison life for Trey and Jeremy! I’m thoroughly hooked on the Life Without Parole series and have no hesitation in recommending not only this book but the series to all m/m romance lovers.