REVIEWED BY CINDY
AUTHOR: B.G. Thomas
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 240 Pages
RELEASE DATE: May 15, 2017
Blue McCoy has lived on the streets for a long time, surviving by his wits and doing what he must, and he’s not above using his youthful appearance and air of innocence to his advantage. It’s not an easy life, but he’s happy. He has everything he really needs: the clothes on his back, a house to squat in, a sweet dog. Everything except that special someone to love him.
Six months ago, John Williams’s wife left him because she was bored. “Even your *name* is boring” were her last words to him before she walked out. Now he’s by himself in a big house, trying to figure out what direction his life should take. He’s never been so alone.
A chance encounter sets John on a new path, a path that becomes clearer when loneliness sends him to a local animal shelter to get a dog—and he finds an angel instead. An angel named Blue. A crisis brings them together, but it is something else that keeps them there. Could it be love? A love that can forever end two men’s deep loneliness and bring them the support and sense of belonging they’ve searched for all their lives?
I’m not even sure where to start with this story. I grabbed it thinking it was going to go one way and it went totally in the opposite direction…and it was wonderful.
John and Blue are both innocent men, but not in the way that you think. They have no idea that life can be so different from what they are used to.
John’s wife leaves him after 25 years and he feels adrift in the life he’s left with. He’s lonely, but he has no idea how bad it is until Blue shows up.
Blue is a young man who’s always trying to see the best in the world, even when it shows him the worst.
I wasn’t two chapters in before I was mad about both of them and I couldn’t stop reading until it was done.
There is a wonderful sweetness about these two characters. For both of them, what they want most to do is whatever will make the other one feel better and it reflects back on them.
There are moments of hurt and sadness, but never towards each other and they become not only something to cling to in rocky seas, but they become anchors for each other, slowly realising who they can be with the right person by their side.
There’s a lot of hopping around in this story. We see almost everything from both points of view but for once I didn’t really mind. I found it just added another layer of interest for me, and that’s unusual for me.
There are some familiar side characters in this book. Hound Dog and Bean make appearances as does a few other people from some of the author’s other books, and it made me smile, as it was kind of like a visit from old friends.
I found myself swept along by the emotions that seemed to be pouring out of the pages. I cried and laughed and got scared for John and Blue and the wonderful love they found together but they manage to weather it all and I was never so glad for my happy ending.
There are some mentions of rape and a pretty graphic flashback, but I hope it won’t deter you from reading this story. The sweetness and hope in this book definitely brightens the darkness that one of the characters finds himself in.
Take a chance and fall in love with John and Blue falling in love. It’s a magnificent journey that I’m so glad I took and I hope you will be too.