Title : Boy Shattered
Author : Eli Easton
Genre(s) : Contemporary gay romance
Length: 85,000 words approx.
Publication Date : October 16th 2018
Cover Design: Tiferet Design
Rating : 3/5 Stars
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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.
My heart is not a lion’s. I fear everything. Especially the truth.Maybe a day will come when I can tell you: this frightened heart is yours…
Fear is the little death. The mind killer…
I must admit that I’m completely sold to the cover and the blurb instantly, and it curious me even more when the author said that the story was inspired by the Parkland school shootings and the students movements that following the tragedy.
The premise of the story actually good and promising enough. The story completely fictional but the author trying to make it as real as possible and THAT what squeeze my heart at some part. The horror the author trying to portrayed when the shootings happening was believable enough. The trauma that shadowing both MCs written in good way too. Brian and Landon journey to overcome the trauma and the connection that growing between the two were beautifully portrayed in very slow pace. Brian’s conflicts with his father more less could added the tensions in the story. The mystery of who the shooters identity is another part that made the story become more interesting. But unfortunately, I felt the story not quite ‘gripping’ enough for me to have deep connection with the whole story and both main characters because I still can feel that there’s something missing here.
The tensions that the author trying to build at nearly end of the book still didn’t fulfill my expectations. Somehow, (surprisingly) I already knew who the shooters are even before it finally revealed.
I must admit that I have HUGE expectations about this book, but in the end I felt a bit disappointed because it turned out not like what I expected.
I know it risky enough to made a story based on the actual tragedy that happen to some high schools in the US these past few years with all the gun control legislation issues that following the action. I know the author already trying so hard to bring these issues through the fictional characters and scenes she put in the story and I appreciate her braveness for writing this. I can’t say that this book wasn’t good because in fact I do like the book, but I found that the book not gripping enough to me. I’m sorry…
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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