Title: Yanni’s Story (Spencer Cohen #4)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 29th 2017
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
When Yanni Tomaras is kicked out of his family home, his parents’ final words are religious insults and an order to never return. Homeless and desperate, he’s lured in by Lance, charming on the outside, an evil predator underneath, who abuses him until he finds the courage to leave.
After years of being trapped, Yanni should feel free, but by the time Spencer Cohen finds him, he’s resigned to being handed back to Lance, and once again being caged by fear.
Starting school and a part-time job, Yanni starts to reclaim his life. But a love for silent films leads him to Peter Hannikov, a man twice his age with a kind heart, and an unlikely friendship between them blooms into so much more. Neither man knows what he wants, at first. Finding out exactly what he needs is Yanni’s story.
“I’d spent years as a bird, caged with my wings clipped, tormented and beaten.
I thought I’d escaped when I’d left my abuser, but in hindsight I could see that I was still caged, this time by fear and self-doubt.
Spencer and Andrew, and Andrew’s parents, opened the door to the cage that confined me.
But it was Peter who taught me how to fly.”
It pains me that I didn’t just love that book. I normally love Walker’s work, and when I saw she was writing about a Greek character I was over the moon.
I honestly think that it all comes down to my personal preferences as a reader.
For starters, there’s nothing remotely Greek about this story apart from the MC’s name and the mention of some Greek dishes and desserts (some of which were inaccurate but I won’t bore you with details about Greek cuisine). But don’t worry, a non-Greek wouldn’t even notice.
My biggest problem is that I got bored. This is a long book, over 6,000 kindle locations, and I felt that the story dragged a lot. I generally prefer some kind of conflict in my books, and there was none of that here, at least nothing that concerned the romance.
Yanni’s story is all about comfort and healing, and how Yanni manages to overcome his struggles. The MCs don’t even share a kiss until 50% of the book. That’s understandable because of what Yanni has been through, but again, it was too sugary sweet for me. The relationship development was very authentic and natural, but still, the characters were just too perfect for each other and kept saying so.
I didn’t particularly care for the daddy thing, but it was done pretty well. I definitely loved the scenes where Yanni wore his silk, purple gown, though!
Bottom line, I didn’t love this story, but if you’re a fan of the author, you should still go for it.