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.
Content Warning: school shooting, homophobic language, PTSD
With how timely this book is, I’m very careful to recommend it. This isn’t an easy read, but it’s handled with so much delicacy and care, that if you keep in mind the triggering topic is well-worth the read.
Brian hasn’t come-out yet, but he has a crush on Landon that’s begging to get out. It’s the day of a school shooting, however, when Brian comes face-to-face with life’s ever-ticking clock. He also finds Landon by his side, saving him. Brian battles PTSD after, slowly trying to rebuild his life and figuring out where to go from here after this horrific event. There’s also a fire burning under Brian’s skin, and he’s determined to fight back in any way that he can.
Landon helps Brian navigate through it, and the bond that forms between these two just filled me with hope. This story really sticks and dives under your skin. The real meat of this story is healing and hope and finding yourself and acceptance and love. Something we all need to reaffirm after senseless violence.
All that said, we have the school they go to “The Wall.” There’s gun violence, homophobic/harmful language from both Brian’s father and friend. Be aware of that before diving in. Overall, this is a powerful novel that I recommend.
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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.
Her website is www.elieaston.com
You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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