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You’ll make it out of here, Brian. I swear.
I had everything—school quarterback, popular with girls, and my dad was proud of me. I told myself it didn’t matter no one knew the real me. And then I nearly died. Landon saved my life. He’s the bravest guy I know. He came out a few years ago, proud and fierce, and he ran into gunfire to help others. Me, I’m a mess. Can’t even stand to be in a room with the curtains open. But here’s the thing about losing it all: You get a chance to start over and be someone new. Only how can I move on when the two shooters who attacked our school were never caught? And why do I feel like I’m still in the crosshairs?
Will you kiss me?
When I came across Brian Marshall, the hottest guy in school, dying on the cafeteria floor, I did what anyone would do. I tried to save him. His request surprised me, but I figured he needed comfort, so I kissed him on the forehead. When he survived and came back to school, he was broken in body and mind. He still needed me, and soon we were unlikely besties. But what I saw at school that day woke me up. I want to demand action on gun control, lead protests, raise my fist. I’ll tear the world down if I have to. And if I can get the man of my dreams and save the world at the same time? I’ll take it. Only I didn’t understand that the horror at Jefferson Waller High wasn’t over.
A thought-provoking read, a YA love story born from a tragic event.
Coming from the UK where the last school shooting was back in 1996 after which the ownership of handguns was banned I found this a difficult read. Due to the subject matter, the book was always going to have a somber feel to it but out of all the darkness, there was a quite beautiful story of two young men who, in a different life might never have got together.
From the blurb, the reader is well aware of what is going to happen and the Author powerfully portrayed the event that would have such a strong impact on the characters lives. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Brian and Landon formed a powerful bond that was totally believable, a connection that was so strong.
What I loved…Landon, what can I say…I adored that boy. His strength, and determination to stand up for what he believed in and his love for Brian. The Author created a truly special character in him…Landon’s two friends and his wonderful parents were brilliant supporting characters who played their parts in the story so well.
Issues I had/what didn’t work for me…Brian’s father. I found it hard to believe his views wouldn’t have changed after what happened to Brian. There wasn’t an ounce of compassion in him and I hated the way he treats Brian.
The reveals of the shooters and the manner in which they were revealed was a bit too fanciful for me.
Overall…I mostly enjoyed it!
~About the Author~
Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, and organic farmer, Eli has been a m/m romance author since 2013. She has over 30 books published. Eli has loved romance since her teens and she particular admires writers who can combine literary merit, genuine humor, melting hotness, and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, bulldogs, cows, a cat, and lots of groundhogs. In romance, Eli is best known for her Christmas stories because she’s a total Christmas sap. These include “Blame it on the Mistletoe”, “Unwrapping Hank” and “Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles”. Her “Howl at the Moon” series of paranormal romances featuring the town of Mad Creek and its dog shifters has been popular with readers. And her series of Amish-themed romances, Men of Lancaster County, has won genre awards. In 2018 Eli hopes to do more of the same, assuming they reschedule the apocalypse. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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