Title: Running To You
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 177 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Home, love, and possibilities he never imagined are waiting for Billy Joe to claim them. But first he needs to escape the horrors of his past.
A twisted act of cruelty and prejudice drives Billy Joe from his Mississippi home, and he makes it as far as Pennsylvania—where his car breaks down just as the year’s first snowstorm blows in. Fortunately, Carlos is there to lend a hand.
Carlos is no stranger to hardship. His family rejected him for being gay, but with determination, he put himself through school and became a librarian. Carlos sees the same willpower in Billy, and he wants to help Billy and his son succeed in a new life that is very different from the one they left behind. With his support, they start to adjust, and before long, both men want more than encouragement from each other. They want the chance for a future together, but their families have other ideas… and Billy’s will stop at nothing to get what they want.
This is a heartbreaking read with a happy ending. Life is not easy when you have bigoted parents that also believe they are better than any other race, religion, or sexual orientations. That is how Billy Joe grew up.
Billy Joe is from a backwards town that still believes in white supremacy and his father is one of the leaders. So Billy Joe knows he would never be able to be the person he truly is while living there because his father would most likely kill him for no other reason then to rid the world of another gay person. Not only that but Billy Joe also knows that they will teach his son Tyler to hate like them. That is not the life he wants for his son much less himself. After seeing an unthinkable act, Billy knows he has no choice but to pack his son up and run as far and as fast as he can. Which is what he does.
Billy Joe takes as much as he can fit into his car and runs until his car breaks down. By luck a man named Carlos finds Billy Joe and Tyler where they broke down on the side of the road in a snow storm. Carlos is a kindhearted man and knows that he has to help Billy Joe and Tyler so he calls up his landlord and gets them a warm safe place to stay for the night.
What was an accident of meeting turns out to be the best thing that could have ever happened to either of these men and little boy. Carlos can tell that something has Billy Joe running scared and feels a kinship towards him. After more of getting to know one another, the attraction between the two becomes apparent to the both of them and they start a relationship with one another.
It will not be smooth sailing because both men have been running from their pasts and their families that could not or would not accept them. They will both have to work together to overcome everything that is coming their way and pray that it will not be too much for the other one.
This was a good read but it is a heartbreaking tale. I feel like both Carlos and Billy Joe were meant to meet the other and they were meant to help the other overcome their pasts. I really enjoyed this book. Andrew Grey did an incredible job on this book. I look forward to more books by Andrew Grey in the future.
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