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Bleeding Like Me based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Bleeding Like Me is a captivating and compelling story by debut author Riley Parks, and I’m enchanted. Yes, it’s a romance, but there’s so much more going on and Parks put me through the ringer as I watched these rival gang members infiltrate each other's lives. Reading through Bleeding Like Me transported me into another world, and when I reached the end I scrolled back to the beginning and started it again. This is a hard review to write without using spoilers, and at best a difficult one for me to write period. There is so much emotion, action and tension, plus anticipation it’s almost impossible to put into words everything this story evokes. I never knew what was going to happen next or how Riley Parks would ever bring these guys through it all to get their happily ever after. I love a dark romance, that excruciatingly wonderful feeling of dread and trepidation, and Parks builds this story perfectly. Rival gang members, Evan and Jackson hook up in a park on the west side of Chicago because, in Evan’s words, both have “too much to lose if his proclivities saw the light of day.” Their initial attraction is purely sexual, but as they get to know each other their connection deepens. Parks does a wonderful job of creating two distinct characters and letting their unique traits unfold. Evan’s got a soft side, he’s an artist with a sense of humor, and he’s cocky with self confidence. Jackson is outwardly cold and ruthless but he has a beautifully submissive side and longs to be taken care of. I loved watching these two men come to grips with their committed relationship, reeling from the unfamiliar feelings of desire and affection and embracing everything that comes with it. I thrilled at all the twists and turns in Bleeding Like Me and the way Riley Parks builds Evan and Jackson’s journey up to the perfect ending. I’d love to know what’s next for these men and I sincerely hope this is the first in a series. Regardless, I can tell by the wide range of themes and emotions Parks explores so nicely that she has a wealth of stories to tell. Where Riley Parks goes after this I can only imagine, and I can’t wait to follow along!