Publication date: March 1st 2017
Genres: LGBTQ+, New Adult, Romance, Suspense
From bestselling author Mia Kerick comes a New Adult novel of Gay Romantic Suspense that will keep you up reading all night!
Matthew North waited ten years to heal from the devastating wounds inflicted by the man who abducted and abused him as a child. Living reclusively on a tropical island—with no company but his four cats—he merely avoids the lingering pain.
Wearing twisted ropes of mutilated skin on his back, Matt struggles with a profound hindrance—the scars that deaden his soul. However, on the night he meets lively Vedie Wilson, a local restaurant busboy who expresses his gender by wearing lipgloss and eyeliner along with his three-day beard, things change.
Gradually, Vedie and Mateo unite in friendship. Through a series of awkward encounters, the pair learns each other’s secrets. Vedie learns that an angelic face can front for a scarred soul. Matthew learns that the line between one’s masculine and feminine sides is blurred. Can they embrace the painful stories behind each other’s scars if they’re to find everlasting love? Or will surrendered love come to be yet another blemish on their souls?
Matt’s journal dated January 2011
When I was about ten, I tried to establish a human connection with Daniel. It was futile. Hindsight makes this clear, I guess. (Looks like this damned journal is serving its purpose.)
I looked into his eyes on many occasions, desperately hoping to see something human there. For so long, Daniel was the only one I had… he was my only choice… my only chance… and because of this, I badly needed to know that he had the capacity to feel. And that he had feelings for me.
But every time I dared to look, the only thing I saw in his eyes were two deep black holes fixed on me with lust and hostility. What alternative was there for me but to consider this a valid form of human interaction?
Lust and hostility: the basis of my single social bond from the age of seven until fifteen. Sadly, it was as clear to me then as it is now that Daniel’s humanity—at least in terms of compassion and love—was in the “off” position. And so I switched “off”, as well. Lust and hostility had to be enough for me, and so they were.
Like “father,” like “son.”
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.
Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.
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