Beggars and Choosersby Mia Kerick
After a hard life filled with experiences he'd rather not remember but can't forget, Brett Taylor decides he doesn't need anyone or anything. He gets a job at a bar in a nothing little town where he can fish and race dirt bikes and hide from the world. So naturally as he's walking across the parking lot at his new job, reminding himself how self-reliant he is, he
After a hard life filled with experiences he'd rather not remember but can't forget, Brett Taylor decides he doesn't need anyone or anything. He gets a job at a bar in a nothing little town where he can fish and race dirt bikes and hide from the world. So naturally as he's walking across the parking lot at his new job, reminding himself how self-reliant he is, he meets someone he can't shove aside.
Brett can't help but admire Cory Butana, the kid who lives above the bar where his father is the principal bartender. Unwanted by either parent, the sweet, personable Cory grew up neglected and hungry for affection. Now he's determined to make something of his life, even if he has to work himself ragged to do it.
Cory shouldn't have to suffer like Brett did, and Brett wants to lend a hand. But when their relationship evolves into something Brett isn't ready to need, he reacts... and the consequences may destroy their fledgling future. With scars like theirs, forgiveness is never easy.
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I love the unique take of how this story is written in months and years not chapters since it makes it easier to follow with all the time jumps and it is in both Characters views. The story starts out with Brett at 18 on his own and getting a new job in the city instead of lumber-jacking, for him this is moving up and trying to put his past behind him. After his interview he hears a noise in the dumpster and finds a kid rummaging around. This brings back memories and he pulls the kid out finding a very cute teenage boy. Cory is 15 and in high school. Brett is taken by Corey in many ways and Brett finds himself wanting to help the boy through his high school years to not become like him. In the meantime, Brett finds that Corey is in fact saving him, giving him a reason to want to live and love. This is a very beautiful sweet love story. It is sad and bittersweet at times when brett goes back on his past and some things that happen to Corey. I love that it is a tale of pure love that overcomes obstacles life throws in its path. If you like a sweet romance, coming out, friends to lovers and some sweet, sensual, loving sex this is for you. * I received a copy of this book free-of-charge from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own*
Mia Kerick's Beggars and Choosers models human resilience, redemption despite a sad life, and love that was almost too good to be true. It has a mythical quality that all romantics and jaded romantics yearn to be real somewhere in the world. Mia Kerick gave it a shiny-sparkly quality that caught this reader's attention, held it, and kept me transfixed until the end. Ms. Kerick's romance tugged at my heartstrings well enough to feel like a fairy tale. Love so poignant and delicate it couldn't be true; characters so touching they seem unreal; redemption so merciful and tender it couldn't have existed except in distant antiquity, like the story of Tristan and Isolde. Being a jaded romantic I would normally snicker or smirk, and remind myself that in real life this prettified and restrained romance just DOESN'T HAPPEN. Mia Kerick begged to differ however - by focusing her story on 'the emotional growth of troubled men and their relationships', and by taking the premise that 'sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story', she took great care in crafting characters I wanted to root for and emphasized the passage of a lot of time to show how long the characters had to deepen their relationship. She created two protagonists with very broken lives who I hoped would find something better for themselves. She showed how much work the characters did to have a modicum of luxury in their lives, and then how humble the characters where for getting these simple luxuries - because they didn't think they deserved them. All this contributed to help me suspend disbelief, talk down the jaded romantic from my high horse of 'this would never happen in the real world', and let the reader in me enjoy the sweet tale of two difficult lives trying to transcend the harsh world they were handed. For the fans of romance, I am preaching to the converted: this book is highly recommended. To jaded romantics like myself, I recommend this book as a momentary respite from the 'real world' we have armored ourselves against. And for readers curious for a new story, I think they would enjoy the quiet tale of love Mia Kerick's Beggars and Choosers can offer.