Friday, June 16, 2017

Blog Tour ~ The Ties That Bind by S. Davidson ~ (Review + Giveaway)

Title: The Ties that Bind
Author: S. Davidson
Genre: M/M Fiction
Release Date: June 1, 2017 Cover Art: Rue Volley Editor: CSL Editing Service Publisher: Encompass Ink Publishing
Flashback 1990's - Rollerblades, bungee jumping, the laptop, cellular phones the size of bricks, and AIDS - the gay men's cancer
This is a story about love, friendship, and family. It is a story about growing up, about trying to change the past and the realization that no matter how fast, or how far we run, that The Ties That Bind us as children, many times come back to haunt us as adults. 
We become part of the life of a young counselor, Morgan, who specializes working with homeless, male hustlers. He seems like an angel from heaven to many. He cares deeply for every one of his boys and would literally die to save them from harm. He deprives himself of life's basic needs in order to reach just one more, but why? 
Morgan has his own agenda to work out, his own demons to exorcise. While avoiding his own past, he meets a particular young man, Greg, who is able to see through this well-crafted, public image. Greg sees Morgan's pain and denial. It is in this discovery, this role reversal that Greg, a life-long hustler begins to heal himself. He helps Morgan come to terms with his own violent past. Greg becomes his strength, the knife to cut the rope and release the guilt Morgan has denied for years. Just as they both begin to heal, Greg discovers the truth. 
The Ties That Bind can sometimes be very restricting but many times we find that The Ties That Bind can also provide our strength. 
The Ties That Bind are necessary for the sustenance of life.

5 Stars

It was raw, gritty, dark and emotional. It wasn't easy to read at times. Some of the occurrences that take place, both on and off page took my breath away and made me question my faith in humanity. I knew evil lived out there in the world, but knowing it and reading about it in great detail are two completely different things. S. Davidson took me on an emotional rollercoaster of fear, sadness, despair, anger and heartbreak.

This book isn't for everyone and I'm not sure I can recommend followers of my blog or those who read my reviews to pick it up. It's an utterly devastating story that deals with drug abuse and alcoholism, rape, child abuse, fetal alcohol syndrome and AIDS. What I can absolutely say about this book is it was well-written and captivating, it drew me in and held on until the end and left me broken and sobbing.

*copy provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Shelly always had a goal to get a book in print. Well, that goal has been met. Another coming June 1, 2017, and one more still in the works. Always finding writing to be a way to escape into another world, M/M fiction is her passion and causing her beautiful boys a bit of agony is just what she does. None of her characters are flawless and most are pretty damn messed up! But they always persist, always try to be the best men they can be and hopefully find a kindred spirit along the way. 

Shelly is a mother, grandmother, and has a Bachelor’s in Social Services. Come on over to her Facebook page for current and upcoming release info. While she doesn't post about what she's having for dinner or what movie she's watching, she will give you info on her writing when there is news to share. Just remember, no matter who you are or what beliefs you practice, love is love and we all deserve to love.


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