Title: Voice for the Silent
Author: T.A. Chase
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 138
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2 flame out of 5
Rating: 2.6 stars out of 5
Julio and Paine meet, triggering a chain of events that rocks both their worlds and brings justice for the silent victims.
Investigating and busting dog-fighting rings is what Julio Herendez lives to do. Defending the innocent and vulnerable from monsters makes his day, but when he meets Paine, Julio finds himself wanting to save the young man from the cruel world he’s been forced to survive in.
Paine Addison exists where the weak and innocent are exploited for entertainment. The men who use him and fight the dogs don’t care about the damage they inflict. He lives from day to day, doing what he can to heal the wounds suffered by others, but unable to help himself.
Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of animal abuse, non-consensual sex. Also contains reference to child abuse.
Publisher’s Note: This book has been previously released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.
Where to even begin with this review? Honestly the book didn’t start picking up for me and flowing decently until Chapter 7, and even then it kept ebbing. At times the dialect of the prose when it’s the thoughts of the character did not meet the education level of the character itself. Not to mention that some of the facts were off in the book. For instance, we are told that Paine is 21, then soon after he is 22 with no birthday mentioned. Also, we are told that the drops out of school when he was ten, but mentions dropping out of seven grade, which I believe you should be eleven or twelve; then again it states he didn’t even finish high school. There other instances, but these are a few I wanted to mention.
I have to admit; I was looking for the mystical MM Romance book that incorporates rescuing animals into the plot. I tell you one day I will find the book of which I am speaking, unfortunately, today is not that day. So sad.
Now, that I have shed those tears, let’s get down to this! This book did have a lot of potential. The story is more about Paine’s (and his two cousins) life after being rescued when his uncle is brought down dog fighting charges. Paine eventually turns state evidence on his Aunt and Uncle and divulges the meth lab and child abuse not of just himself, but of his cousins as well. So, please keep in mind there is some retelling of these instances of non-consent. If this is a trigger for you, do not ready this book.
For the most part (editing aside) the story itself wasn’t bad and the flow was okay. As for the chemistry between the two characters’, I felt that they cared for each other, but I didn’t think it went towards romance. I just didn’t get that vibe. It just needs a serious look through IMO.