Book Reviews

Courage to Love by L.L. Brooks at Secret Cravings Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 28-May-2013

Book Blurb

After a vicious attack by gay bashers, Glenn left the city for a small town, worked at home, and hid in his apartment, determined no one would ever again know he was gay. Chad, openly gay, arrived in town to discover the job he came for fell short of promises and the man he must work with hates gays and harasses him constantly. When Chad and Glenn meet as next door neighbors, it’s instant attraction. Can it ever grow into more than sex, hiding behind closed doors or will Chad find living in deception too hard to take? The answer comes when Glenn is attacked again, and Chad’s biggest fear is, that as before, Glenn will run, leaving the chance of love behind.

Book Review

Sometimes, hiding from those who hate you, the ones who have hurt you beyond your ability to deal with, seems like the only option and the only way to stay safe. Even if life, and a chance at love, pass you by, it may seem easier to suffer loneliness than to risk being beaten up again. It’s a horrible position to be in and, like Chad, I really felt for Glenn. Not that I blame him for wanting to protect himself, but it hurt to see how much he was missing.

Glenn has done everything he knows to stay anonymous and deeply in the closet. The fear of remembered pain is still with him, but even though he's been badly mistreated, he will not stop helping others. Anonymously, but still. It allows him to live a little through others, and keeps him involved in life outside his apartment. Running into Chad, his next door neighbor, is an eye-opening experience for Glenn, but one he isn’t ready for.

Chad is a cop, out at work, and getting quite some abuse from his bigoted colleague. He doesn’t accept it for long and stands up for himself. While it helps him get a better job, he can't seem to get closer to Glenn, and that is what he really wants. Even when Glenn gets attacked he respects his lover's wishes and tries to stay away.

If you like emotional stories that will touch your heart, if you enjoy reading about men who have to overcome their own fear in order to give love a chance, and if you're looking for a read that is heartwarming and passionate, then you will probably like this short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 12385 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 04-April-2013
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