Author: Mia Kerick
Release Date: March 1st 2017
Genre: Adult, Gay Romance, LGBT
From bestselling author Mia Kerick comes a New Adult Gay Romance that will keep you up reading all night!
Matthew North waited ten years to heal from the devastating wounds inflicted by the man who abducted and abused him as a child. Living reclusively on a tropical island—with no company but his four cats—he merely avoids the lingering pain.
Wearing twisted ropes of mutilated skin on his back, Matt struggles with a profound hindrance—the scars that deaden his soul. However, on the night he meets lively Vedie Wilson, a local restaurant busboy who expresses his gender by wearing lipgloss and eyeliner along with his three-day beard, things change.
Gradually, Vedie and Mateo unite in friendship. Through a series of awkward encounters, the pair learns each other’s secrets. Vedie learns that an angelic face can front for a scarred soul. Matthew learns that the line between one’s masculine and feminine sides is blurred. Can they embrace the painful stories behind each other’s scars if they’re to find everlasting love? Or will surrendered love come to be yet another blemish on their souls?
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Matt’s journal dated February 2007
I learned a lot in my seventh year of life. A very harsh year it was.
First, I learned that I was completely powerless. Daniel could do whatever he wanted to me and there wasn’t one goddamned thing I could do to stop it. No amount of kicking, screaming, scratching, crying, or begging made a dent in Daniel’s resolve to satisfy his warped desires on my seven-year-old body.
Once I admitted this, my next lesson was relatively easy: embrace the helplessness.
Hold on to the helplessness, Matthew, I told myself. Grip it tight and make it your own, because no matter what you do, your pain won’t cease.
Figure out how to make helplessness work for you.
By the time I turned eight, I just didn’t care. Ever seen an eight-year-old boy who couldn’t give a crap about video games or pizza parties or baseball? I’ll be the first to say it’s a sad sight. Don’t have hope—this became the law of my life. Be invisible—another hard, fast rule. And when the world notices you, Mark (the name Daniel gave to me), show them that nothing they think, say, or do affects you. Lots of shrugging and eye-rolling was involved in this part, if I remember correctly. I told myself—eat whenever there’s food around, sleep whenever you can find a flat surface, as long as Daniel’s passed out cold. Watch as much TV as is humanly possible because there’s no better and more painless way to make time fly.
But as I live my life on Placida Island, I try not to embrace helplessness any more. Only problem is that the lessons I learned during my seventh year of life have proven to be impossible to forget.
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About the Author
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—one in law school, another in dance school, a third in school at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son still in high school. (Mia is a major fan of the learning process!) She writes LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and reviewing English papers. Her husband of twenty-three years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about this, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young people and their relationships. She has a great affinity for the tortured hero. There is, at minimum, one of these in each book. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with tales of said tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to CoolDudes Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press, and Evernight Publishing for providing her with alternate places to stash her stories.
A social liberal, Mia cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.
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