Title: My Dragon, My Knight
Author: John Inman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 31, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, abusive relationship, mental/physical abuse, stalking, murder, suspense
Page Count: 203 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Danny Sims is in over his head, torn between his abusive lover, Joshua, and Jay Holtsclaw, the bartender up the street, who offers Danny the one thing he never gets at home: understanding.
When Joshua threatens to get rid of Danny’s terrier, Danny knows he has to act fast. Afraid of what Joshua will do to the dog, and afraid of what Joshua will do to him if he tries to leave, Danny does the only thing he can do.
But Danny isn’t a complete fool. He has enough sense to run into the arms of the man who actually cares for him—the man he’s beginning to trust.
Just as their lives together are starting to fall into place, Danny and Jay learn how vengeful Joshua can be.
And how dangerous.
Get out your box of tissues because you are definitely going to need them for this read. I mean you will seriously be crying before the end of this book and maybe more than once. TRIGGER WARNINGS: Domestic Abuse, physical and mental abuse, sex used in a controlling manner.
Danny truly broke my heart. He is in a relationship in the beginning of this book with a man named Joshua who was both physically and mentally abusive. Danny did not know how to get out of this relationship because he no longer had any friends. He had no money. He was basically dependent on Joshua and that is the way Josh wanted it. The only thing that Danny did have was his dog Jingles, which Josh hated with a passion.
Danny did luck out by accident when he made a new friend in an unlikely place. The bar down the street from where he worked a bartender/owner there name is Jay. Jay took a liking to Danny from the moment he first saw him coming into his bar. But he knew that Danny was in a relationship and did not believe in cheating so he offered the next best thing, which was friendship and advice. Jay wanted Danny to know that if he needed his help then he was there for him.
The time came that Danny had no choice but to take Jay up on his help and it was the best decision he ever made. Jay gave Danny a safe place to land and offered his friendship and home to him so he could get back on his feet when Danny finally got the courage to leave Josh. Over the next few months things progressed from friendship to more between the two of them but even with the happiness they found there was still a dark cloud that was lingering just overhead.
Something bad was coming their way and if they are not careful neither of them may not walk away from it.
This was a very good read. It has so many different emotions it brought out in me as I was reading. At times I was upset and hurt for Danny. Other times I was mad and wanted to protect Danny. Then I found myself smiling and rooting Danny and Jay on in their discovery of their new relationship. Last but not least I cried. I cried many times through this read for many different reasons. This is not a light read. There is some very heavy subject matter in this book but if you can handle that, you will not be disappointed by this book. It was definitely a very emotional book but so very good at the same time.
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