Reviewed by Tammy
SERIES: Life Without Parole, #3
AUTHOR: Jeff Erno
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
LENGTH: 82 Pages
RELEASE DATE: August 12, 2016
Some say absence makes the heart grow fonder, but how can a heart that’s broken feel anything but pain?
Waking one morning to learn Trey had been whisked away, transferred to another facility, Jeremy fears he and Trey might never see each other again. When he learns from the local news that Trey has been sent back to county to face a retrial, he doesn’t know whether to pray for his acquittal or to hope for his return. Jeremy has to forge a new path, discover a way to move on with his life without Trey. The two will likely never see each other again, but Jeremy can’t forget so easily. He turns to others for support and falls into the arms of another man, but will his new love ever really take the place of Trey?
In this instalment Trey is feeling scared and lonely now that he’s at County on his own. Not only is he missing Jeremy, the nightmares about his abuse at the hands of his stepfather have returned in full force. Trey isn’t ready to have the reason he pleaded guilty to murder told to the world. The further into the appeal they get the more closed off and withdrawn Trey gets.
Jeremy knows that Trey didn’t abandon him but he can’t help feeling that he did. There are plenty of people willing to take advantage of him now that Trey isn’t there to protect him. One such person is Darren Anducci. Darren is the “preacher” but about the only thing being worshipped is Darren’s dick!! Darren has had his eye on Jeremy from the moment he arrive at the prison and now that Trey isn’t there to protect him Darren is determined to have him. Jeremy turns to Darren for “protection” even knowing what the cost of that “protection” is! This is the part where the story falls apart for me. In previous instalments Jeremy is feisty, stubborn and determined to make his way in prison on his own terms. But in this instalment Jeremy has turned into a wishy-washy person who has no control over what he does. He knows Darren is lying about things but he allows himself to get talked into going along with it whilst not knowing why he’s doing it!
The secondary characters we get to know a bit about are CO Corey Levins and inmate Robert “Bobby” Howard. Corey came out as gay when he was in year 11 and has never really had any major issues surrounding that. That is until he starting working for the Department of Corrections, then he met homophobia full-on. As such Corey has never come out at work as gay but he never hides it either. Corey meets Bobby when he has to take Darren to Jeremy’s cell as he’s been moved, Corey knows there’s something fishy going on but as the order came from the top there’s nothing he can do. When they meet there’s an instant attraction but Corey would never do anything to jeopardise his position so he does everything he can to shut down Bobby’s constant flirting.
I am sincerely hoping that in the next instalment we get back the feisty Jeremy that we know and love!