This book was just emotionally draining, but underneath the horrific subject matter of this book is a beautiful love story. Be warned that the graphic, horrifying child abuse that is portrayed made the book very hard to read.
The story is told in alternating POV's of Jamie and Tammy from the time they are children up until they are in their 30's. While the chapters do not just rehash each other, the same events are often portrayed from each man's perspective. Both are abuse survivors. Jamie is rescued at age 13 after spending most of his life abused and then as a chained prisoner of his parents. Tammy also suffers abuse at the hands of a family member. Both boys handle their situations very differently.
While there are so many acts of hate and abuse perpetrated against Jamie and Tammy, there are also lifelong bonds of love and friendship that are forged. The love and support that Jamie and Tammy give each other is tender and heartwarming. I found the book tended to get a bit preachy towards the end, and would benefit from a bit of editing, but it is a very well written story that will stay with me for a very long time.
This was my second book by Brad Vance and definitely a much lighter, romantic read than Luke's Brutal Abduction - The Whole Story, but just as enjoyable.
The premise was unique, and I don't want to give away much of the plot twists. Basically, shortly after meeting and hitting it off with Matt, a mechanic who turns out to be more than meets the eye, Peter finds that he has won over $400 million dollars in the lottery. Growing up poor while taking care of his dying mother made for a rough childhood. Peter has self-esteem issues and a past that includes an abusive ex. Instead of being happy at his turn of fortune, he fears the burden of all the money, including potentially losing Matt. Just before he gets ready to cash in, he is surprised by a visit from the ex he hoped he left behind when he moved to NY.
The story was an enjoyable, quick read, and both Peter and Matt were very likable characters. I thought both characters were developed well and Cody, the villainous ex was someone I really felt the hate for. There is instant attraction between the men and the sex is hot with plenty of dirty talk. I get the feeling that the author really has fun writing these scenes and as with his other work, I found myself smiling as I read them. I did have a bit of a problem with the constant POV switches and sometimes I had to re-read a paragraph to figure out whose voice it was. Other than that it was a story I sped through and wanted a little more of.