Monday, January 26, 2009

Poor Boy

Title: Poor Boy
Author: Jaime Samms
Publisher: Freya’s Bower
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ISBN: 978-1-935013-58-7
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Roy is one of the privileged few. Born with the proverbial silver spoon, he does not have to work for anything. After he becomes mixed up with the wrong people, everything starts spiraling out of control, resulting in the death of his older brother. Refusing to go along with his father’s request and move back East, Roy is cut off without a penny to his name. When his boyfriend finds out, he decides to kick Roy to the curb literally. Scooby is a young street kid who does whatever he needs to survive. When he sees Roy step out of a limo one night, he figures he’s found an easy mark. Things turn out differently than either man figured as they take turns rescuing each other. As their feelings grow, it soon becomes apparent to Roy that the only way either of them will be able to survive is to leave the neighborhood for good.

Poor Boy, while a good book, is, by no means, an easy read due to the many dark topics the author covers. No punches are pulled while covering the issues of alcoholism, drugs, prostitution, and life on the streets. The characters, while flawed, are well thought out and grow together as they overcome their pasts. The reader cannot help but root for the two men as they are forced to face their problems and struggle to make a better life for themselves.

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