Driven (Natosha’s Review)

Title: Driven
Author: M.B. Mulhall
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Genre(s): Gay young adult love, guilt, probation, homeless, new start, forgiveness
Page Count: 225 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Eighteen-year-old Oliver’s troubles don’t end when he’s released from prison. He has nowhere to go, and he can’t even think about moving past his crimes while trying to survive homelessness.

Helping an elderly woman after a fall guides Oliver into at least a temporary home. In exchange for odd jobs and some assistance, he’s welcomed into a life with the old twin spinsters, and it seems too good to be true. The neighbor, Simon, certainly thinks it is. He doesn’t trust Oliver or his motives. Oliver is used to that kind of judgment, but it isn’t helping him overcome his guilt. Maybe Simon is right and Oliver doesn’t deserve happiness—or any of the other feelings stirring in a heart Oliver thought he’d closed off for good.

Oliver has two options: let the pain of his past swallow him and destroy all hope for the future, or move on to the new possibilities in front of him. Choosing to live won’t be easy, and Oliver might not be able to do it alone.

This is such a sad story. It is heartbreaking the things that Oliver went through starting at a very young age.

Oliver has not had an easy life by far. At the age of eighteen he is homeless and no future in sight. He is not ready to give up on life yet but the guilt that he carries around with him may end up doing him in one day if he does not learn to deal with it.

One day a lady that is passing him by falls and asks for his help. Of course Oliver is not going to refuse helping her when she needs it but he never expected to be asked to stay for supper by the ladies twin sister for helping her sister home after she hurt herself. He definitely did not expect to be offered a warm place to sleep for the night. And he most most definitely did not expect them to offer him a place to live for the foreseeable future with the stipulation of a trail run.

To say that he felt blessed for this is an understatement. When he learns that his probation officer Richards had a hand in bringing him to stay with these ladies he feels betrayed by them. So in Oliver true fashion he takes off. Only this time he has Simmon, the twins next door neighbor, waiting on the other side of the door to hang out with and take a time out and cool off.

As Simmon and Oliver start to grow closer, Simmon realizes that at some point he is going to have to share some of his past secrets with Simmon if he wants to learn how to build a relationship with someone for the first time. But before Oliver is able to open up to Simmon, something happens and Oliver is scared that history is about o repeat itself.

Oliver’s answer is once again to run but this time there is no one to stop him because he blames himself for Simmon getting hurt.

Will Oliver ever be able to let go of his past and leave the guilt behind? If he can do that will he be able to have a future withDimmon or will his past mistakes be the cause of them not being together in the end.

This was a very sad read about someone carrying around so much guilt that they almost let that guilt cause him to give up on not only himself and everyone else but in life all together. It took a lot for Oliver to get over everything he has been through but if he can do that then he may be able to finally have a stable and happy life.

It is heartbreaking everything that Oliver had to go through. I really hurt for this character. But that does not mean that I did not lik his book because I did. It was a good read and I believe MB Mulhall did a great job writing it.

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Galley copy of Driven provided by Harmony Ink Press in exchange of an honest review.


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