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Cruce de Caminos

Cruce de Caminos

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by Heidi Belleau
Street kid Sean O'Hara never had it easy, but New Orleans has driven him to his knees. His girlfriend's broken up with him for a sugar daddy, a gun-toting pimp has robbed him of everything but the clothes on his back, and he's down to his last two OxyContin. Sean's no seasoned streetwalker, but he's not above it either, not when he's already itching for his next


Street kid Sean O'Hara never had it easy, but New Orleans has driven him to his knees. His girlfriend's broken up with him for a sugar daddy, a gun-toting pimp has robbed him of everything but the clothes on his back, and he's down to his last two OxyContin. Sean's no seasoned streetwalker, but he's not above it either, not when he's already itching for his next fix.

A familiar-seeming stranger named Ángel may be his ticket to some quick cash, but only if Sean's willing to help him indulge a high-class john's weird fetish for the night. As Ángel tells him, in this city and this business, you have to get a little weird to survive.

When night falls on the French Quarter, Sean realizes Ángel and the john want more from him than he was expecting to give. What once seemed merely strange soon crosses the line into supernatural and sinister. And Ángel, the man Sean had viewed as a partner and protector, might also be his otherworldly judge and executioner.

(Publisher's note: This title contains dubious consent and an off-screen rape.)

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Meet the Author

Heidi Belleau was born and raised in small town New Brunswick, Canada. She now lives in the rugged oil-patch frontier of Northern BC with her husband, an Irish ex-pat whose long work hours in the trades leave her plenty of quiet time to write. She has a degree in history from Simon Fraser University with a concentration in British and Irish studies; much of her work centred on popular culture, oral folklore, and sexuality, but she was known to perplex her professors with unironic papers on the historical roots of modern romance novel tropes. (Ask her about Highlanders!) When not writing, you might catch her trying to explain British television to her newborn daughter or standing in line at the local coffee shop, waiting on her caramel macchiato.

You can find her tweeting as @HeidiBelleau, email her at heidi.below., or visit her blog:

Violetta Vane grew up a drifter and a third culture kid who eventually put down roots in the Southeast US, although her heart lives somewhere along the Pacific coast of Mexico. She's worked in restaurants, strip clubs, academia, and the corporate world and studied everything from the philosophy of science to queer theory to medieval Spanish literature. She homeschools her eldest son and has a passion for political activism. You can find her blogging at Violetta Vane's Imaginarium,

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Cruce de Caminos 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
AprilLOrange More than 1 year ago
I recently made time to read Cruce de Caminos, by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane. This writing duo is fast becoming a favorite amongst new authors I read. Not only do they write well, they have a new and interesting take on any story they tell, and Cruce de Caminos is no exception. For those who don't speak Spanish, &quot;cruce de caminos&quot; translates as &quot;crossroads,&quot; and the central character, Sean O'Hara, is definitely at a crossroads in his life. He's a teenager living on the streets who no longer knows how to handle life without being high. He's just lost his girlfriend, all his worldly possessions, and what might have been his last shreds of dignity. He has a choice to make, between improving his life or continuing along a path that only ends when he hits rock bottom. But crossroads aren't just places of choice and opportunity. They're also magical places, places where different faiths and folklores say you can meet beings not entirely of this world. Sean's life is about to take a turn for the darkly fantastic. The story's setting is rich and compelling, and the characterization is gorgeous. Sean isn't the cardboard cutout of a teenage junkie it would be so easy to fall back on, he's a real person in desperate circumstances, with all the virtues and flaws that are part of that package. The inscrutable &Aacute;ngel is a mystery man, and he generates all the otherworldly tension a reader could want. The battles Sean is fighting may be mostly with himself, but they're realistic despite the fantasy elements of the story--the kind of conflict that keeps you turning pages. I also love that the authors went to some lengths to draw on folklore that hasn't been done to death as the basis of their fantasy elements. We see a lot of European-descended folklore in modern fantasy and paranormal stories. When we do see something else, it's often poorly researched or trivialized. The Voudon elements in <i>Cruce de Caminos</i> are neither. I only have one real complaint about the story: it felt like it needed to be either longer or shorter. The pacing is structured one way through most of the story and then changes just prior to the climax. Summarizing a couple of scenes about 2/3 of the way through would have improved the tension in the last third of the story. Alternately, a couple of incidents which are summarized could have been extended, taking Sean on a more meandering road to the climax and d&eacute;nouement and injecting a few more minor conflicts along the way to keep us interested. Overall, I highly recommend this read. At just under 16,000 words, it's a great way to spend an afternoon. Let's call it four stars.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
This is an intriguing and thought provoking story that has a dream-like quality to it. You're never quite sure what's real and what's imagined but you can't stop reading and I found myself completely enthralled in no time at all. The characters of Sean and Christina are two drug addicts with lives spiraling out of control when fate intervenes in the form of Angel to set things on the right path again. But who or what Angel is is the bigger question along with if they'll heed his advice. Seeing the life of a drug addict is a sad thing and the depths to which Sean goes to to get what he thinks he wants were truly awful but realistic in our society. I felt sympathetic towards him and those flashes of wanting to give up his addictions that I saw. But to truly be rid of his addictions he'd have to cut ties with Christina and he doesn't want to be alone and likes the idea of being needed by her. His life as a prostitute isn't overly graphic. More time is spent talking about that part of his life as opposed to fully seeing it. The character of Angel is difficult to categorize and give this book a paranormal feel. Angel appears to be a religious deity bent of pointing Sean to a better way of living. I'm intrigued by him and would've loved to have seen more of him and have a better understanding of what he truly is. As things stand, he's extremely sexy and exceedingly mysterious. This is an emotionally intense read with no real HEA. There's a bit of hopefulness at the end but not in the way you'd expect when you first pick this book up. Of all the installments in Riptide Publishing's Rentboy Collection it's by far the most radically different with its religious/paranormal overtones. I enjoyed the dreamy and lyrical feel to the storyline and characters and am excited that we'll see more of their story in the future. I'll definitely be counting down the days until that day arrives.