Book Reviews

Something to Believe In by Sloan Parker at MLR Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 09-January-2013

Book Blurb

Two young, homeless men fall in love and search for a way to stay off the streets and build a life together.

After running away from the hatred and abuse of their teen years, Sean and Gavin have been hustling to survive for too long now. When some extra cash lands them alone in a hotel room until Christmas, they can no longer deny their feelings for each other. Now neither one can imagine watching the other walk off with one more trick. Even with no money and no job prospects, Sean is determined to not just show Gavin what a real home and holiday is like, but to keep them off the streets for good and build a life together.

Holiday 2012 Release #18


Book Review

“Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One of the wonderful attributes of love is that it inspires hope. Love makes you want to be a better person. Sean and Gavin, in 'Something to Believe In' by Sloan Parker, are about as far down as they can get, yet, from their first meeting, they knew that there was something extraordinary about them. They fell in step with each other sharing everything in order to survive. As their love grows, so does their desire to have a better life than what they have now.

Sean and Gavin are incredible, resourceful, and brave. Even though their life is a constant struggle, they do what they can to help each other survive. Even with all the disappointment and rejection each has endured in the past, they are still kind and loving individuals. They haven't let their dire circumstances kill that special spark within them. If anything, it's made them more determined, more competent. Gavin has never had a home and family, but Sean has and misses it intensely. When Gavin realizes that Sean didn't burn all of his bridges with his grandparents, he convinces him to go back and try to salvage what he can, praying that his grandparents would have more compassion than his folks did. One thing they are sure of, they would do it all over again just for the opportunity of being together.

'Something to Believe In' is a touching, poignant love story which reminds us not to underestimate or assume anything when it comes to the power of love. For a short story, there is an amazing amount of emotion. I recommend this story to everyone who wants to read a romantic story of love and hope and overcoming obstacles in order to be happy. Thanks, Sloan, for the roller coaster ride of smiles, hope, and tears.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 18000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-December-2012
Price $3.99 ebook
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