Title: Finding Home
Author: Garrett Leigh
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: October 9, 2017
Genre(s): YA M/M
Page Count: 178
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
How do you find a home when your heart is in ashes?
With their mum dead and their father on remand for her murder, Leo Hendry and his little sister, Lila, have nothing in the world but each other. Broken and burned, they’re thrust into the foster care system. Leo shields Lila from the fake families and forced affection, until the Poulton household is the only place left to go.
Charlie de Sousa is used to other kids passing through the Poulton home, but there’s never been anyone like his new foster brother. Leo’s physical injuries are plain to see, but it’s the pain in his eyes that draws Charlie in the most.
Day by day, they grow closer, but the darkness inside Leo consumes him. He rejects his foster parents, and when Charlie gets into trouble, Leo’s attempt to protect him turns violent. When Leo loses control, no one can reach him—except Charlie. He desperately needs a family—a home—and only Charlie can show him the way.
Quite angsty, but not as depressing as I feared.
Leo is 15 when his abusive father kills his mother and sets the house on fire with him and his 6 year old sister in it. They barely survive, but since their mother is dead and their father in jail, they end up in foster care.
Leo is not happy with his new foster family. They’re just too perfect. He doesn’t want anyone to get close to him or his sister, Lila. But Charlie, the 15 year old adopted son, is not so bad. He appears to be the only one who can bring Leo back when he is lost in the darkness…
The relationship between Leo and Charlie was very sweet despite Leo and all his anger. Charlie was the only one who got through to him and I just loved the connection between the boys. Leo was hurting so much, but Charlie was there as his anchor.
I really liked that this was YA, but that these boys were not depicted as practically asexual. They are boys with hormones and feelings. There is no sex in this, but I never missed it since there was lots of kissing and some tentative touching.
If you like YA books with a traumatized character and los of hurt comfort, try this. It was wonderful.