Title: On The Streets Of New Orleans (2nd edition)
Author: Lynn Lorenz
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 10, 2016
Genre(s): Gay romance, homelessness, undercover detective
Page Count: 162 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Breakfast at Tiffany’s Waffles and Wings
A year after Hurricane Katrina, Scott is back in the city he loves, the city that offered him sanctuary from rural Louisiana and its prejudices, but living in a homeless shelter can be almost as dangerous as the streets.
The storm cost Tony his family, his home, and his direction in life. Now he’s squatting and stealing to make ends meet, and he’s lost all hope of things getting better.
When Scott and Tony meet, they realize it’s time to stop merely surviving. It’s time to start living again. Together.
Charlie is an ex-addict plagued by memories of the past. He’s doing penance working at a homeless shelter, staying away from men, drugs, and anything resembling happiness. He’s convinced he doesn’t deserve more.
Devon is determined to keep the dealers out of his neighborhood. No one operates there without his permission. When he brings a sick young man who was selling drugs to the mission, he meets Charlie and can’t stop thinking of the man with the haunted eyes. He’s determined to give Charlie a taste of pleasure, despite Charlie’s claims that he’s not worthy of it.
This book is two different stories in one book but in a way they are intertwined. Both stories are sad in their own way and both for two different reasons. But what I liked most about these two stories is in both stories, the characters faced dire adversity and the characters were doing what they had to in order to overcome it.
The first story was about Scott and Tony. These two men met by accident but I believe it was more by fate instead. Both of these men were virtually alone in life. Scott lost his family a long time ago and was in group homes till he was sixteen and moved out on his own to New Orleans. Tony lost everyone in his family and was the lone survivor after hurricane Katrina. Neither men had anything and both were basically living on the streets.
Scott was a little more lucky then Tony because at least he had Charlie at the shelter looking out for him and Miss Tiffany whom he worked for also looking out for his well being whereas Tony had no one but himself.
After their chance meeting these two men decided it was time to truly live again and to forgive themselves for the things that they could not change.
I believe that Scott is what Tony really needed in his life to open his eyes to living again and I think that Tony is what Scott really needed to know that he could be loved. These two men have faced more in their short lives before they met that them finding happiness together no matter if it was not the life of luxury, was more then enough for both of them because they now had each other.
The second story involves Charlie and Devon. Charlie in my opinion carries the weight of the world onhis shoulders and does not allow himself a moment of happiness because of his past mistakes. I think he craves happiness but his guilt will not allow him to seek it out.
Charlie meets Devon by chance and Devon and Charlie both feel an immediate pull to one another. Charlie does not allow himself to do more then accept a dinner invite from Devon because Devon is so mysterious and Charlie does not know that he can trust what Devon says about being mixed up in anything illegal to be true or not.
The closer the two men get the more he questions whether Devon is on the god side or not and more he tried to pick him away because he does not believe that he deserves him.
This story was probably the sadder of the two because of Charlie’s past mistakes and the loss of his brother. It broke my heart that even six years later he could not forgive himself and tried to deny happiness for himself because he did not feel that he deserved it. I love how Devon would not give up on Charlie nd was determined to help Charlie realize that it was ok to be happy.
Both of these stories made an impact on me. Evause of the theme behind the storylines. Both sets of men faced a lot adversity but both sets of men was willing to do what they needed to in order to overcome what life has thrown at them. It was an amazing read and I feel like others will feel the same way when they read it also.
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