Saturday, November 11, 2017

Aaron by JP Barnaby in the Survivor Stories Bundle

I can’t describe what it’s like to want to scream every minute of every day.

Two years after a terrifying night of pain destroyed his normal teenage existence, Aaron Downing still clings to the hope that one day, he will be a fully functional human being. But his life remains a constant string of nightmares, flashbacks, and fear. When, in his very first semester of college, he’s assigned Spencer Thomas as a partner for his programming project, Aaron decides that maybe “normal” is overrated. If he could just learn to control his fear, that could be enough for him to find his footing again.

With his parents’ talk of institutionalizing him—of sacrificing him for the sake of his brothers’ stability—Aaron becomes desperate to find a way to cope with his psychological damage or even fake normalcy. Can his new shrink control his own demons long enough to treat Aaron, or will he only deepen the damage?

Desperate to understand his attraction for Spencer, Aaron holds on to his sanity with both hands as it threatens to spin out of control.

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Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo
Dreamspinner Press

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/M Survivor
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Aaron has lived through a trauma that most cannot even comprehend. This story is gritty, full of sorrow, hope, and ultimately, it's about exactly what the title suggests: Survival.

Aaron never truly "gets better," but he learns to cope. He wants to be better and constantly worries about being a burden on his family. He knows that he needs to "be better," but he simply can't figure out how to do that and his doctors are simply medicating the issue.

Then you have Spencer. He is deaf and knows that sometimes, listening and observing is the best method. When he figures out that Aaron is in need of a friend, he doesn't hesitate. He knows that sometimes being lonely is worse – because he is also somewhat lonely.

What begins as a forced partnership blossoms into a friendship and an exercise in trust and love. I liked watching Aaron and Spencer figure out their relationship. I also LOVED watching Aaron work through some of this trauma.

Despite Aaron's parents being somewhat annoying, I really enjoyed his brothers. Their relationship was very true and honest. It's hard and real, but it tells a fantastic story.

JP BARNABY, an award-winning gay romance novelist, is the author of over two dozen books, including Aaron and the Little Boy Lost Series. She recently moved from Chicago to Atlanta to appease her Camaro, who didn’t like the blustery winters. JP specializes in recovery romance, but slips in a few erotic or comedic stories to spice things up. When she’s not hanging out with hot guys in leather, she binge-watches superheroes and crime dramas on Netflix. A physics geek, she likes the science side of sci-fi and wants to grow up to be Reed Richards.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Aaron (Survivor Stories #1) by JP Barnaby in the Survivor Stories bundle to read and review.

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