Title: Home (Camassia Cove, #1)
Author: Cara Dee
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Page Length: 168 pages
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
For as long as I can remember, I’ve only had one goal: survival. It’s what I know. There is no future beyond making it through another night and getting my hands on as much money as possible, by any means necessary. Pride and dignity are things I can’t afford.
It’s been the worst year yet—and not because I live on the streets. That’s nothing compared to being separated from my little girl. But I do what I can, and I send any money I make for her care. I can only hope she remembers me. I’m past desperate, needing her to know how much I love her and that I’ve done everything in my power to make it back to her.
The day I stepped off the bus in Seattle, I saw him. Adrian appeared at a time I most needed a helping hand, and his habit of rescuing strays became my salvation. He gave me hope. He taught me to dream about something I’d never dared to wish for.
I loved this book. I love this author. Cara Dee has evolved into one of those authors who is an autobuy. I actually think I’m going to read one of her m/f books soon (gasp!).
The story starts in a very dark place. Dominic is selling himself on the streets of Philly, trying to save up enough money to get a bus ticket to Washington state, where his aunt is watching his daughter. He’s been away from her for a year and needs to get back to her like he needs air. He’s been on his own for as long as he can remember. He has no skills other than oral. We do get on-page time with Dominic and his tricks, as tragic as some of these experiences can be, literally on the street. It’s gritty, it’s sad, and it’s no doubt real for many out there.
Once Dominic finally reaches as far as Seattle, he meets Adrian, a sexy “Teach” in jeans, blazer, and sporting a short beard. “Teach” offers him a ride to his aunt’s place, which is close to Adrian’s house. The two later strike up a friendship, due in part to Dominic’s previous (maybe) line of work and Adrian’s extra-curricular activities with an LGBT youth organization.
Cara Dee gripped me from the start with writing exclusively in Dominic’s POV. This really was his story. He’d been on the streets for so long, and didn’t have it good before that.
“Are you gay?”…..
I lifted one shoulder. “I don’t know. Sex isn’t sexual for me.”
……..I knew sex was supposed to be intimate; I’d just never experienced it. I’d discovered that sex had a price before I lost my virginity.
Dominic’s discovery of what life can be like if you take the hand that offers you something and stop believing that every hand is there to beat you down, is a beautiful journey. Adrian’s discovery that Dominic doesn’t have the same perspective as everyone he’s met, and that Dominic and his little girl are precious and worth everything blossoms on page, even through Dominic’s POV.
Dominic and Adrian’s first kiss was everything! Seriously, how can germs be hot? I cannot wait to reread this. Very soon. One and only small niggle – the epilogue was used to set up the next book, and I didn’t get to really appreciate these two.