23 July 2013

Seeing Red, By E.L. Esuch

Genre: LGBT, Contemporary
What would you do if you lost five years of freedom? If everything you'd ever known was torn away from you, all because the one person you counted on to save you didn't come through?
This is the cruel reality for Gabriel “Red” Thatcher, convicted at age nineteen for the murder of his father. Now twenty-five and eight months out of prison, Red has nothing to his name and no one to help him. He is carrying close to him a rage hotter than white flames. Had his sister just testified on his behalf in court, he could have been spared the horrible things that happened to him in the doghouse. Things that'll make him never look at intimacy the same way again.
Red can't take swallowing his bitter rage alone anymore. Unable to kill the growing loneliness and ire with time, he heads into the Flower District in search of a gay bar to drown his sorrows. There he meets the bubbly, easy-on-the-eyes Silo Winters.
When Red learns that Silo did three years in prison for an accidental oil fire, he brings Silo home, not so much for a wild romp as to relieve his aching loneliness. Besides if anyone will understand Red's pain it'll be Silo, who’s gone through some of the same horrors he has. However, he definitely doesn't count on Silo becoming so much more than a sexy shoulder to lean on. Now, if only Red can learn to let him in.

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Crystal's Review:

                While I did enjoy reading this book, there were some parts of it that seemed like it was a bit too slow for me.  But taking into account the different types of character’s that are in this book, I’m sure that is part of why it is this way.
                Red is just released from prison after having spent 5 years there because nobody would support his claims.  Trying to start life over after getting out has been really difficult for him.  You could tell that just by his emotions that he is having during the course of this book.  He is unsure of himself anymore, and even more he is scared to be intimate with anyone because of what happened to him.
                Silo’s character, you can’t help but to love.  He seems like the type that will take anything negative and turn it into a positive.  Even though he was in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, when he gets out he still has his great personality.  His one liner comebacks were awesome to read, and I couldn’t stop laughing when I got to certain parts of his personality.
                The other characters were also quite funny in their own ways.  They each brought something new to the table and were able to support Red and Silo during the course of their relationship.
                Overall, the characters in this story were great.  Like I said before though, the story just seemed rather slow for me.  All in all I give this book a 3.5 paws because I did love the difference between Red and Silo.

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