Book Reviews

City Knight (Pulp Friction 1) by T.A. Webb at A Bear on Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 21-February-2013

Book Blurb

What happens when two broken men collide?

Marcus works the streets of Atlanta, determined to keep it a safe place. An ex-cop, he buried his heart years ago. Ben works the same streets, selling himself to pay for college. The victim of a horrible crime, he decided to Just. Not. Care.

When their chance meeting leads to an unlikely attraction, will the ghosts that haunt them bring them closer, or separate them forever?

Caution: This is the first in a three part series, and you WILL want to come back for part 2. Hot men WILL have sex, and I can guarantee hot angst in my stories.

Book Review

“Love can mend a broken heart. The pain will end when the healing starts. When your whole world is torn apart, Love can mend a broken heart.” ~ OTEP Productions

Marcus and Ben are two very different men, with one important thing in common, both of their worlds were torn apart by an act of violence. Their pain is so enormous that it has caused them to shut down their emotions in order to make their lives somewhat bearable. It will take a major event to override their pain so their healing can begin. The only thing that powerful is love.

Marcus and Ben's lives are in stasis, but for different reasons. Marcus wants things to stay the same; moving on would mean being disloyal to his murdered lover. He's afraid to feel again is a betrayal of some kind. That's why Marcus still patrols the streets, trying to make them safer just as Jeremy, his lover, would have wanted it. Marcus has another issue; he cant sleep because the horror of finding his lover fatally wounded plays over and over in his mind: “It was a shame they didn’t make heart-sized Band-Aids,  ... He’d buy stock... and maybe, just maybe, he could feel either less, or more. Or something.” Marcus makes a valiant attempt not to care about the young man selling himself in his neighborhood; but when Marcus becomes his knight in the city, saving him from certain danger, there's no denying that Ben is quickly becoming attached to him. Marcus figures he will be alone forever because no one can replace Jeremy; he is taken aback by his attraction to Ben, but, as time goes by, Marcus can't deny it anymore and eventually totally embraces the fact that he loves him.

Ben's mantra is: “One more year. I’ll have my masters and start my internship, and leave this fucking city behind.” Like Marcus, Ben has trouble sleeping because of the nightmares he has about when he was raped. He told himself that he'd put it behind him, but obviously he hasn't. He just buried it, hoping that if he ignores what happened, the agony will go away. He said he didn't care, but that's not true. He does care, because since that time he has been incapable of having a relationship with anyone. One night with Marcus, the first man he's been attracted to in years, and things begin to change. Ben knows he is screwed when he realizes he's falling in love with Marcus and doubly so because he figures there is no way Marcus would ever fall in love with him. He couldn't be more wrong. Marcus is in love with him and thinking the same thing about the lack of possibility that Ben will ever return his feelings. When a situation arises that puts Ben in mortal danger, they both declare their love and their desire to be together; hopefully, it's not coming too late.

'City Knight' is told in a profound, honest way yet still preserves the gentle, compassionate nature of his characters. I couldn't help but be moved by their depth. Ben and Marcus have so many obstacles to overcome that it seemed improbable that they would ever get it together, so I am fascinated by their ability to tackle the Gordian knots which keep them from being capable of forgiving themselves and becoming whole, loving individuals again. I love Ben and Marcus and am cheering for them all the way and, like everyone else who has read this story, am anxiously awaiting the coming sequel. Thank you, Tom, for this gripping and soul-stirring story.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 12000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-February-2013
Price $2.99 ebook
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