Dillon’s Prayer by Blake Deveraux
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (75 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex, rape
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
God, Please Help me, I can’t live another year like this…
Dillon McDonald is a broken man, both in body and in spirit. His sadistic partner, Alfonse, had successfully broken him long ago. But this New Year’s Eve, a strange new feeling takes hold of the young man. Is it hope?
Breaking free of the hell he’d found himself in is only the beginning for this handsome, troubled young man though. When charming young softball coach, Jon Michaels shows interest in Dillon, he realizes that the stakes are much higher than he’s ever imagined. Jon is kind, handsome, and spiritually grounded. Dillon’s can't help but believe that Jon may just be the answer to the prayer he’d assumed went unheard.
Will Dillon be able to begin a new life with Jon, or will Alfonse be the end of them both?
Love can conquer all, but what if the damage is too deep?
When I opened this book by Blake Deveraux, I knew I was in for a great story. The characters are deep and I couldn’t help but want to hug more than one of them. I was drawn in from the first page because I wanted to see Dillon get his prayer answered. The guy seriously tugged at my heartstrings.
Although I really liked this book, there were a few things that hindered the story. There are a few minor editing errors that tripped me up as I read. I had to go back a couple times and re-read. Still, it wasn’t enough to keep me from enjoying the story. I also have to mention there is a flashback of forced seduction in this story. While it wasn’t a turn-off for me, because it added to the depth of the story, but some might find the graphic nature of Dillon’s relationship with the antagonist a bit much.
Keeping that in mind, this book isn’t for the weak of heart but it’s a great read. What Dillon goes through and how he deals with it is some really heady stuff. He’s not a simple man and the issues he deals with are equally complex. Another thing about this story, unlike many m/m stories, this one has a healthy mix of religion involved. I have to say, I found it refreshing. Dillon could easily loose his faith and belief in humankind. Mr. Devereaux handles it in a nice fashion that kept me involved in the story. I’m looking for more from this author. Definitely worth 3.5 cherries.