“He’s a bad boy—cocky and damaged. So, why can’t I stop thinking about him?”
Sociable and unselfish, eighteen-year-old Tucker Graves loves two things—his darling little sister and the thrill of playing baseball. He never dreamed that he’d be homeless, but after a series of misfortunes, his life is nothing like he could have possibly imagined. Shocked and shattered, Tucker, his mother, and his baby sister now must brave the dangers of a dilapidated homeless encampment called Camp Roosevelt.
A Wounded Heart
Homeless since the age of fourteen, Dancer has mastered the tricks of living on the streets as a sex worker. The quiet, reclusive, and calculating ways of this twenty-year-old, green-eyed Adonis help him to survive. He hides his emotional scars from the world by interacting only with his clients, whose occasional bizarre requests he reluctantly fulfills. Dancer’s past has taught him to trust no one.
A Second Chance
When Tucker and Dancer come face to face on a stormy night, having been thrown together under the same roof, Tucker brings out a feeling in Dancer that he didn’t know still existed in him—desire.
Neither man can deny the attraction he feels for the other. But some scars run deep, causing both Tucker and Dancer to question whether falling in love is even possible, especially when survival is on the line.
Bryan T. Clark is a multi-published, Rainbow Award-winning author and LAMBDA finalist.
*** One hundred percent of the royalties from the first year of this novel’s publication is being donated to the Larkin Street Youth Services/Castro Youth Housing Initiative. The CYHI provides transitional housing in the city of San Francisco, California, for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. Fear of being raped, abused, or murdered should not be a part of anyone’s youth.
OMG so freaking good!
Escaping Camp Roosevelt is the first book I've read by Bryan T. Clark and it's left me almost speechless. I don't think I've ever read a romance, that wasn't specifically a suspense or mystery, that kept me on the edge of my seat the way this one did.
This book isn't for the faint hearted but I implore you to buy a copy and read it. Even if you think you can't bear to read it please consider buying a copy. Why? Because 100% of the first-year royalties are going to charity (see the synopsis above).
From around chapter 19 through the middle of chapter 21 I was so tense waiting for something to happen that I had to put the book down for an hour or so before picking it up again to read. I was literally holding my breath at times. Sorry that I can't say more, and maybe this section won't affect everyone the way it did me, but it really got to me.
I've read books with homeless characters before but it's usually only one of the MCs (main character) that's homeless. This book is about two young men who are both homeless, how they bond with each other and what they do to survive. Rest assured, the book has an HEA but it took my emotions on a helluva rollercoaster ride before it got there.
Escaping Camp Roosevelt is worthy of way more than 5 stars; it's going on my list of favorites for 2019.
***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***