Book 1: Prison is a brutal, heartless, and demeaning environment. No one knows this better than a man sentenced to life in prison for murder. Lem Porter is a high-profile prisoner who had a solid career ahead of him in a field he loved until he killed his brother. He has spent almost eighteen years behind bars and doesn't have much hope left.
Anderson Passero had it all. He built a career, a name, and a relationship with a man he thought he loved. Only after he very publicly landed in prison did he realize his ignorance. He has eight months left on his sentence and he is eager to go home and put prison life behind him. He doesn't know it yet, but he will always carry these eight months with him, and they may just help him to understand what love really means.
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About the Author
Chosen as a Top Read in 2011, Best in LGBTQ Fiction for 2011 & 2012, and garnering several Honorable Mentions, as well as a Rainbow Award for Best Gay Contemporary Fiction, Mr. Shire has been labelled by readers and reviewers as a "Master Storyteller."
Ten percent of the proceeds from the sale of any of Brandon's books are donated to LGBT Youth charities combating homelessness.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A great love story. Your will get teary eyed at the end!!!!
Excellent writing. Superb story. Another reviewer said, "There had better be a second book," and I strongly agree. It's hard not to develop strong positive feelings for the two main characters--especially for the big guy, and you really want good things to happen for them--more than happens in this story. This story does actually have a good and rather probable ending, and yet....., romantics like me would like to see a happier, if less realistic, ending.
I enjoyed this story very much. Lem is such a great character. The only thing is that it felt incomplete. There are so many unanswered questions but since this is supposed to be a series I guess it's understandable. I will definitely be reading the next one.
~ ~ ~ --About the only thing of beauty he had seen within these walls in a long, long time was Anderson, and like most others in his life, Anderson had looked at Lem like he was someone to fear. -- When Brandon Shire said he wanted to write a character based prison story he was serious. I couldn’t believe how caught up I got in Lem and Anderson. The prison is there, no doubt, and, at least for Lem it’s not going anywhere. But the focus is on the internal dialog these two men have. The emphasis on who they are, their fears, their passions, their regrets and that’s what makes this book work. If you’ve ever read Brandon Shire you know he connects you to the characters. This book proves his mastery of this skill. THE CHARACTERS -- All these new faces he would forget when he hit the door in eight months, every single one of them. He was sure of it. Eight months. It was the only thing that ran through his brain. Eight months. -- Anderson Passero - Although we only get to see Anderson in the last eight months of his incarceration you are able to see how he changes. Always wary of others because of his smaller size, he’s been living a nightmare where he trusts no one, keeps to himself and analyzes everything. “You’ve spent almost twenty years behind bars, don’t you think it’s time you forgave yourself?” Lem Porter - I don’t think I have ever wanted to reach out to a character more than I do with Lem. Days, weeks later (I beta'd this book) I’m still thinking about him. A beautiful, unique human who lets his guilt rule him. How Mr. Shire created a murderer that I would trust with my children I don’t know. He’s a smart, tender, gentle man who is one with the natural world. Locked within cement walls, he has given up on beauty. Lem’s nature will speak to you and reach you in ways only very memorable characters do. He truly touched me. THE STORY You need to know this isn’t about prison brutality or guard dominance, this is a beautiful love story in a prison setting. While there is a brutal act, it isn’t the focus. While there is heart-ache that had me crying for a full chapter, you shouldn’t be afraid to read this because of the setting. I’ve said it before, I have a true fear of prison. This book made me want to stay inside. THE WRITING Brandon Shire uses this technique which counts down the time until Anderson is released. It is extremely effective in causing a certain tension. It plays with your head because you want Anderson out, but there’s not enough time, he's short. I know that doesn’t make sense, but that’s why its brilliant. Shire’s writing feels perfectly paced. I didn’t find any lag. He weaves in enough questions to have us demanding another book, while completing everything he set out to accomplish. I think this author has found his stride here. There’s less poetry than in his previous books, but more solid story-telling. He drove this with perfect pacing, stellar characters and gripping emotions. A must read! "It’s the god of vegetation and plant life, the Green Man. He symbolizes life and rebirth after the long hard winter and predates many religions,” Lem offered. […] “So why do you have him on your back?” Anderson pressed him. Lem held him for a moment before he answered. “Because when I looked out at a forest from the top of a ridge, I saw the cycle and beauty of life. It was something I used to believe in.” “And you don’t now?” […] “It’s a cycle I’m not a part of anymore,” Lem finally replied. […] What about us, right here and now?” Anderson asked, […] Lem cupped the side of his head and ran his fingers through his hair. “A false spring,” Lem answered, a sincere sadness in his eyes. ~ ~ ~ I sincerely thank Brandon Shire for allowing me to beta-read this book and providing me an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Brandon Shire has done it again! After having spent months following the progress Brandon Shire was making on this book,which included reading a brief profile of who Lem and Anderson were and endlessly trying to figure out how Mr. Shire was going to bring it all together, all I have to say is "Bravo, Mr. Shire. You have done it again!" Brandon Shire did a wonderful job of giving me an ample view of Lem and Anderson's surroundings - how it affected their thoughts and actions. But he outdid himself in bringing these complex characters to the page by providing enough of their thoughts, regrets, needs and wants for me to be drawn into this story fully. To the point that I did not mind what wasn't revealed. Lem, facing life in prison, won my heart from the moment he stepped into the story. I wish I could take him out into nature and see my this gentle giant in his environment. Quiet, strong and considerate. He may be a murderer, but his heart is good. His actions, his guilt - everything came together to endear him to me. I can't wait to read more about him. Anderson was not on my list of favorites. Slowly but surely he burrowed under my skin until I came to enjoy him too. His development throughout the story was great to see. Even if at times I wanted to smack him upside the head, the times when I wanted to comfort him outnumbered them. This was only possible because even though Brandon showed his faults - his selfishness and arrogance - he also showed his yearning to find someone who saw him for who he was and not the persona he put out for the media and the club scene. I believe he found that in Lem. Of course, only Brandon's Muse and time will tell if I'm correct, but for this story I chose to believe that it was. I wish I could say more about this wonderful story but it's not something I can talk about without giving too much away. So if you take anything from this review, take this: Cold is not a story about the brutality of prison, nor is it not a fairytale. It has its rough moments, its passionate moments and its painful moments but it also has life affirming moments - life is but one, beauty can be found in the most unexpected of places and precious moments should be enjoyed for all they're worth. I received this title from the author in exchange of my honest opinion and participation in the blog hop tour for its release.