Little Boy Afraid (Boystown #0.75)

Title: Little Boy Afraid (Boystown #0.75)
Author: Marshall Thornton
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 20,2017
Genre(s): Historical, Gay fiction
Page Count: 100
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

It’s winter 1980, private investigator Nick Nowak gets one of his first jobs working for an openly-gay senate candidate. Allen Grimley has been receiving death threats, a lot of them, and it’s Nick’s job to keep him alive until the election. As he protects Grimley from increasing dangers, his friendship with bartender, Ross deepens.

Prequel to the Lambda Award-Winning Boystown mysteries.

This prequel to Thornton’s stellar Boystown series can easily be read as a standalone but if you’ve read other books in the series, this one is bittersweet. Nick is fresh from losing his job with the CPD, is no longer with David, and he’s awash in regrets:

Regret comes in waves like the sea. And I wished it didn’t. I wished it would come in a tidal wave, that it would engulf me, beat me down, destroy me, do whatever it would do. But it never came that way. It came in waves. Each time I thought I thought I was done with regret, there is was again, rolling ashore.

Nick’s got another case involving a politician, and we get to meet Ross, Nick’s favorite bartender:

I was tempted to roll Ross over and fuck him doggie-style, but then I looked into his dark eyes and I couldn’t. There was something about them that made me want to watch him while I fucked him. Looking into someone’s eyes while you fucked them was like really, truly seeing them. I hadn’t wanted to see anyone for a long time, but there was something about Ross that made it okay.

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Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend. My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh ... not in my wheelhouse, but I'm a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre. Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more. A few "badges" from NetGalley: 100 Book Reviews Reviews Published Professional Reader