Thursday, January 11, 2018

Violence Begets by P.T. Denys

Title: Violence Begets
Author: P.T. Denys
My Rating: A

Genre: New Adult Romance (m/m)
Series: Violence Begets #1
Characters: Rick and Kevin
Release Date: September 2015
Publisher: Wilde Works
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: mild


Story Overview:
After a tragic accident devastates his family, 16-year-old Rick St. James starts his junior year of high school without any friends in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah. When he meets Kevin Vincent, he’s too distracted by the promise of new friends to see that Kevin has secrets of his own. 

Having created an environment where he's feared and admired by his classmates, Kevin finds pleasure in using his good looks and violence to control and manipulate those around him. Secretly, he cruises the gay club scene, turning tricks to earn money so he can party and get high. 

As Rick’s dad becomes increasingly violent and abusive at home, the two form a surprising and volatile trust. In this battle of wills, their precarious friendship will either keep their lives from blowing up around them or possibly light the fuse that will cause the explosion.

My Review:
Okay, be warned right now...this is not your typical romance or m/m book. This is not a young adult story although in this installment, the heroes are minors. This is not an erotic romance...in fact, all the sex scenes have a fade to black type of element to them. But this book is very dark in that both the boys in the story are coming from abuse...and that abuse is graphic. 

But the book is really good. It's definitely hard to read because these poor guys are in horrific home circumstances. And throughout a lot of the story, there is even abuse between the two of them. This book/series shows just how damaging the cycle of abuse is to children and those around them. 

In the midst of all their pain, though, these two boys find their way to one another. They find an ally, a support for the incredible horror they're both living. It's a riveting read. It's an eye-opening read. It's not a book that everyone will enjoy because it is dark, and without a lot of hope. But I liked watching these two come together and find something beautiful in the middle of their pain. 

This book is devastatingly heartbreaking, but don't give up...you NEED to read book #2 to get past that. 

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