Length: 90,000 words approx.
He lives in constant fear, stresses over his next meal, and dreads trying to find a safe place to sleep at night. He eventually finds an unlocked car and settles in to sleep, but is soon interrupted when someone steals the car. With little choice but to ride along, Caden soon learns that first impressions aren’t always correct.
Seventeen-year-old Damario has been raising his little brother and sister by himself since his parents were deported. He never knew how hard it was going to be paying the bills and making sure there was always food on the table. Or how hard it would be to hold his family together when they all depended on him to do it. He finds himself stealing cars to make ends meet, but he never expected to find someone sleeping in the back of one of them. And he really didn’t expect this stowaway to change his life.
When Damario brings Caden home, it was supposed to be just for a shower and a hot meal, but he can hardly kick him out onto the streets again. There is no way he could have seen that by saving Caden that night, he was also saving himself. When Damario’s world starts to fall apart, they both realize that the answer to all of their problems is helping each other, and although the world tries to drive them apart, they really are better together.
BL Maxwell's is a new author to me and I absolutely fell in love with not only the story but also with the two main characters.
Caden, a young man at the age of only 17, is tossed out of his family and a life he never thought would turn on him. Alone in a world that can be so heartless with nothing but a backpack. I felt my mother's instincts kicking in so much. I physically ached for his character and cursed his parents for turning their son out into the cruel world with no care for his well being!
Demario still a boy himself thrown into a situation of having to raise his younger siblings with no help while trying to work and go to school. The injustice of him having to give up his freedom and having a normal childhood left me reeling with anger over the society in which we live. Because it's a fact that we still see this injustice almost daily.
However, when their two worlds collide, they become each other's anchors. They both learn from each other since neither really have any guidance from parental influences. What develops between them is slow and very heartwarming and beautifully written. Theirs’ is not the easiest of fairytales, but it is the most amazingly realistic one that I can relate to.
BL Maxwell grew up in a small town listening to her grandfather spin tales about his childhood. Later she became an avid reader and after a certain vampire series she became obsessed with fanfiction. She soon discovered Slash fanfiction and later discovered the MM genre and was hooked.
Many years later, she decided to take the plunge and write down some of the stories that seem to run through her head late at night when she’s trying to sleep.
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