Friday, March 18, 2016

Blog Tour ~ The Guy With The Suitcase by Chris Ethan ~ (Review, Excerpt + Giveaway)

Blog Tour ~ The Guy With The Suitcase by Chris Ethan ~ (Review, Excerpt + Giveaway)
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Title: The Guy With The Suitcase

Series: Once Upon a Guy, Book One

Author: Chris Ethan
Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Length: Novel


Pierce is homeless.
Young and strong-willed Pierce has been living in the streets of New York City for six months, since his parents kicked him out of their perfect, Christian, suburban house. Pierce is gay. And he is suffering the consequences for being true to himself.
Rafe is homeless.
He is also sick. Impressionable, but far from innocent, Rafe ran away from home almost a year ago. His sickness is slowly killing him. But Rafe is not a hopeless case. He has learned to get by. Nights of paid passion turn to sheltering warmth from the imminent New York winter.
And then there’s a suitcase. Pierce’s suitcase, which holds secrets from everyone including its owner.
When their worlds collide, their lives intertwine and when the world seems bent on bringing the two souls to their knees, fate has other plans for them.
Caution: Contains adult language, New York City streets, tough life choices, sexual tension, stubborn brutes and swoon-worthy romance.
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The guy glowered at Rafe and put the book in front of him. “Pierce,” he growled behind it.

Finally, Rafe was able to put a name on that chunk of man-candy that had given him a good beating. Pierce. Perhaps it was a characteristic of his piercing blue eyes that his parents found he had to be named Pierce.

“Well, nice to meet you, Pierce. Nice to put a name on my bruises,” he said.

Pierce arched his head to glare at Rafe and, without missing a beat, said, “You went asking for it, dude. You were the asshole that stole my suitcase, Or tried to, anyway”.

Rafe held his hands up accepting defeat at Pierce’s words. “You could, however, have just given me a light push and taken your bag. You didn’t have to punch, kick,  and  spit on me”.

“Hey,” he turned again, “I did not spit on you. I spat next to you. It didn’t even get you,” he raised his voice.

“It could have, though,” Rafe responded.

“I’m pretty good with my aim,” he attempted to go back to his book, but Rafe wasn’t gonna let him. He was enjoying their conversation. He enjoyed seeing Pierce’s temper swelling up with his chest, trying to defend himself.

“What happened to you, anyway? Why were you naked in the middle of Central Park, washing a pullover?”

Pierce told him, once more, that it was none of his business.

“Okay, so I’ll just assume you’re a nudist,” Rafe said, climbing up to his bed.

“Am not,” he heard him reply with a muffled sound, a mattress separating them now.

Rafe laughed at the reply. “Your current…” he let the pause stir up the air before continuing, “attire is not helping your case. So allow me to assume you’re a nudist. Or an exhibitionist. Or a nude exhibitionist”.

He smirked when he heard Pierce take a deep breath and reply very quietly and dryly. “Fuck you”.
“I would, but you’re not my type,” Rafe replied. Pierce exhaled.

“Don’t flatter yourself. You’re not my type either,” Pierce commented.

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4 Stars

*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Pierce was thrown out of his home after he tells his parents he's gay. He is homeless and has been living on the streets of New York. Rafe, also homeless ran away from home. But Rafe is sick. He needs medical help, but you can't get that help when you are homeless. These young men have a run in, and later meet up again. Eventually they decide that maybe two can work better than one at trying to get off the streets.

This wasn't an easy story to read at times. It broke my heart. The author did a good job at pointing out some of the sad truths about homelessness. Not just in the LGBT Community, but homelessness in general. Once you're homeless, it's hard to get off the streets. You can't get a job or any kind of assistance, medical or otherwise if you don't have a permanent address. You're stuck in a catch twenty-two situation. You need the address for the job and assistance, and the job and assistance to get the address. It's a never ending, vicious cycle, that without the help of good and decent people, most probably never overcome. I thought this part of the story was well told and realistic. I loved that the author didn't make things easy for Rafe and Pierce. They had to fight tooth and nail for everything they got.

The author held me captivated and turning the pages. I couldn't put this book down. I really liked Pierce and Rafe as a couple, I just wish there had been more. I felt the ending was a bit rushed, and even though I loved the ending, I was left wanting to see more of them as a couple. I wanted to see more of how the story unfolded between the last chapter and the epilogue. I think another chapter or two would have made the book more satisfying. This book had angst, heartbreak, sweetness, hope, and most of all love.

All in all this was a really enjoyable story. I'm looking forward to seeing what's next in the series. Definitely recommended!


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About the Author

Chris Ethan is a book whore. He enjoys selling his feelings for money and other pleasures and is blatantly unashamed to do so for as long as he breathes. Chris Ethan is also a persona for Rhys Christopher Ethan, author of fantasy and sci-fi. He uses Chris Ethan to share stories of adult queer romance with those who need it. Before you delve into his books however, be warned. He likes putting his characters through shitstorms and hates anything conventional. But then there’s that darned happy-ever-after. Also, he likes swearing. Deal with it!
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