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Chance meets Xav one night in a bar and they connect immediately. Hot – super inferno hot – sexy times but they never expect to meet again. Imagine their chagrin when they end up working together on a child prostitution ring and drug smuggling case.
Chance, aka Evan, is an in the closet ADA for a smallish town in North Carolina. He’s doing his job to clean up the streets. Drugs have affected his life in a very bad way, and he’s determined to do what he can to stop them from hurting others. He has demons that keep him up at night and he lives a life not “open” to the idea of a gay ADA. He’s amazingly attracted to Xav, but also tormented by his very existence.
Xav has seen bad case after bad case. He vows that if he’s even able to save one missing child he’ll feel good about all the danger he puts himself into and the “life” he gives up by fighting so hard for them.
As things heat up and the two get closer to making connections to bust the ring, their relationship changes and their lives get more in danger.
I have to pause and breathe because this story was so unbelievably moving.
The child stuff is hard. I won’t lie. Parents, aunts, uncles…. Really anybody will be moved by the fate of these kids. The authors said that while not specifically true it’s based on true stories. That alone will chill your bones.
Aside from the very exciting and sometimes terrifying case that Xav and Chance solve, the romance is also moving and so very sweet.
Xav is such a great hero. He stands up for what he believes and refuses to bend – even when that bites him in the ass.
Chance starts off as such a prickly bastard but by the end he’s so ooey gooey sweet that you want to hug and kiss on him over and over.
I loved these guys together. I loved that they TALKED to one another. I loved that when things got rough, Chance’s first call was to his shrink. Amid all the terrible-ness they took into account very real emotions and dealt with them. I found that so refreshing!
This story felt so REAL to me. Sadly in some ways, but awesome in others. I loved the Gabe- Twyla and the wholesome goodness what was Winston. The bad guys (to be named later) are really bad and the ending was almost not good enough for them – they really need to suffer!
I can’t say enough great things about this and I highly recommend it – but be prepared with a hug for your kid and some Kleenex – cuz you’ll need them both.
6 of 5 stars
I was so disappointed by this. Ok, that’s not fair. I was a bit disappointed. On the one hand, it’s a fair way to listen to this and it wasn’t hard to get through. On the other hand this book had so much potential with a wide variety of characters with such unique personalities and the narrator - - who is new to me – didn’t do as much with it as he could have.
He does give some southern accents here and there and he reads well, but in general, this was uninspiring and I LOVED the book – I wanted to be inspired by the narration, too!
I still recommend this – it’s a great way to experience this story if you haven’t already read it.
4 of 5 stars
Overall 5 of 5 stars
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When a FBI case to save young boys from a sex-trafficking network goes wrong, Xavier resigns and heads to North Carolina to take a job with the sheriff's department. Before starting his job, Xavier heads to a bar and picks up a guy for a hook-up. The night is hotter than either man expects, but that one night is all they're going to have. The department Xavier works for is different than expected, but the work becomes very familiar. It doesn't take long before Xavier is finding more clues and missing boys linking to his FBI case. And to Xavier's surprise, the man he hooked up with is closeted Assistant District Attorney Evan. Evan is not happy to find out that his one night stand is the new deputy, but he does what he does best and shuts it all down and pretends it doesn't exist. Evan doesn't have time for Xavier, he's too busy trying to please his power hungry boss and to figure out how the cocaine is coming into their town.
This is a difficult story dealing with sex-trafficking and I thought the authors did a great job with it. Though this isn't a true story, it's definitely one that is more common than many of us would like to acknowledge. Child sex-trafficking is a big issue and I commend the authors for tackling such a difficult subject.
As to the characters, I had a hard time with Evan's character. It was just hard to understand how someone who wants to do so much good in the world, could be such a pawn to his boss like he was. I could certainly understand his closeted behavior, though, it's the South! I liked Xavier. He didn't let anyone stop him from doing what needed to be done. He didn't care who it was, he would speak his mind and for a man in his position, that's exactly the behavior I would expect. And I loved that he went into his new position unwilling to hide who he was.
This story is narrated by Jim Pelletier, and honestly, something about it didn't work for me. This was a complicated story with many twists and turns, but I spent more time thinking about the narrator and less time focusing on the story. I can't say exactly what about the narrator and this story did not work for me, but it definitely didn't. I feel like this is a story that I would really like but I just wasn't able to focus on the story itself.
Though I wasn't a fan of the audio, this is a book that I'm going to read and see if that makes a difference. This story has all the things I love to read (well, I'm not a fan of child abuse of any kind, but you know what I'm saying), and I feel that reading the book would allow me to focus on the story. With the premise and what happens to the boys in this story, I should have been in tears, but I wasn't so I know my emotions weren't engaged in this audio. Once I read the book, I'll give the audio another chance to see if that makes a difference in how I feel about it.
Overall: 4 stars
Performance: 3.5 stars
Story: 4 stars