Take a Chance
(Second Chances #1)
Abuse , Angst , Bigotry , Bisexual , Closeted , Death , Depression , Disowned , Emotional Abuse , Escorts , Family , Hurt/Comfort , Lawyers , Out for You , Physical Abuse , Sex Workers
April 7th 2017
Kicked out at fifteen for being gay, Tom survived by selling his body on the streets. Four years later, Tom, now nineteen, doesn’t know how long he can continue living this life. One night while out working, Tom sees a face from his past, one he had long forgotten. One he had used to fantasise about. Seb Banks Afraid of the reaction he will receive, Tom runs away hoping never to see him again. But Seb had other ideas.
At twenty-five, Seb’s life is going exactly the way he had wanted. Having worked hard at University, Seb has been offered a permanent contract at a local solicitor. While driving to a friend’s house to celebrate, Seb is shocked to find Tom, someone he hasn’t seen in years, on the streets, selling himself. Feeling an overwhelming need to help Tom, Seb tracks him down and offers him a way out. Is Tom willing to take a chance on Seb and accept his offer, or will his distrust of everyone from his past cause him to push Seb away?
Includes a sneak peek of book two, New Beginnings, Ben and Geoff's story.
- Headless torsos and/or exposed abs – how original
- Memorable after I put it down for a few hours
- The spaghetti scene was funny
- That Jeff (Seb's boss) was way more helpful than I expected him to be
- That Seb has self-awareness about his parents' bigotry and how he might be better off without them...
- That Seb tried to help the other two guys as well*
- Chest deep
Mood Upon Completion
- Very few typos
- Decently sweet
- That Tom's parents are lying and saying that he got a girl pregnant and abandoned her instead of the truth about him being gay
- Sebastian as a character name
- ...yet Seb eats dinner with them like their assholishness is just fine with him**
- That Seb can't understand why Tom won't just instantly trust him; he's been living on the street, wariness comes with the territory
- That Seb's parents found out he was bi and disowned/outed him to his boss to get him fired
- The ending felt too abrupt; an epilogue was necessary
- Weakly emotional
- Dub-con (main, one, present)
- Abuse (physical and emotional, main, one, past)
- Non-con (attempted, main, one, present)
- Character Death (supporting, one, present)
- Character Death (attempted, supporting, one, present)
^I thought it would have been decently hot but it was stuck in the back of my head that Tom might have caught something and should have been tested prior
*A part of me wondered if death was what Tom’s friend Adam actually wanted, because he was rejecting the safety measures that all of the other prostitutes were taking.
**This is where change begins, with close family. Too often, people are afraid of rocking the boat. If they’re not accepting, you have to preserve your mental health and distance yourself until they are.
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