Author: J. Leigh Bailey
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: September 15, 2016
Genre(s): Young Adult
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
No good deed goes unpunished, and for seventeen-year-old Isaiah Martin, that’s certainly the case. The gun he was caught with wasn’t even his, for God’s sake. He only had it to keep a friend from doing something stupid. No one wants to hear it though, and Isaiah is banished—or so it seems to him—to live with his missionary father in politically conflicted Cameroon, Africa.
However, when he arrives, his father is so busy doing his good deeds that he sends Henry, the young, surprisingly hot do-gooder with a mysterious past, to pick up Isaiah and keep him out of trouble. Even while Isaiah is counting down the days until he can go home, he and Henry get caught in the political unrest of the region. Kidnapped by militant forces, the two have to work together to survive until they are rescued—unless they manage to find a way to save each other first.
If you want to read a book that has action, sarcasm and a slow building ‘eventual’ romance, then this is the book for you. Really, this was such an amazing read! I. could. not. put. it. down.
J. Leigh Bailey is a new author to me, and I am so happy I found you. IMO, the author really took her time with this book. You can tell with all the detail that she put into it. I can only assume she or someone she knows was a missionary of some sort in the Central African Republic (CAR). There is so much detail about the area and the inhabitants. Not to mention, being abducted by mercenaries. I pray that whatever the case is, they did not endure the hardship that Isaiah and Henry went through at the hands of the mercenaries.
The character development of Henry and Isaiah was beautifully done. Henry being a homeless teen at fifteen, then fate intervenes and gives him a second chance at life. Isaiah on the other hand, has a father that has been out of the picture for ten years; then fate intervenes and eventually gives him a second chance with him. Through their journey together, they help one another to find their peace. Leaning upon one another for their individual strengths, and through all of this, they find each other.
Just a few FYI’s:
1. The ending is more of a HFN; nevertheless, it does wrap everything up for you at the end.
2. This book has some triggers such as kidnapping and a suicide attempt (briefly mentioned).