The Spencer Cohen Series Book 4
August 29, 2017
When Yanni Tomaras is kicked out of his family home, his parents’ final words are religious insults and an order to never return. Homeless and desperate, he’s lured in by Lance—charming on the outside, an evil predator underneath—who abuses Yanni until he finds the courage to leave.
Yanni should feel free. But by the time Spencer Cohen finds him, he’s resigned to being handed back to Lance and once again being caged by fear.
Starting school and a part-time job, Yanni begins to reclaim his life. But a love for silent films leads him to Peter Hannikov, a man with a kind heart but who’s twice his age. An unlikely friendship between them blooms into so much more. Neither man knows what he wants, at first. Finding out exactly what he needs is Yanni’s story.
“I’d spent years as a bird, caged with my wings clipped, tormented and beaten.
I thought I’d escaped when I’d left my abuser, but in hindsight, I could see that I was still caged, this time by fear and self-doubt.
Spencer and Andrew, and Andrew’s parents, opened the door to the cage that confined me.
But it was Peter who taught me how to fly.”
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4 of 5 Stars
I am probably in the minority in that while I LOVE heavy, angsty hurt/heal books I also love the occasional healing book that doesn’t break me. So, Yanni had the potential to break us…he didn’t and I’m ok with that.
Ms. Walker is hands down one of my favorite authors and I will read whatever she writes. This isn’t a 5 star read because while it’s good and I would definitely recommend it, I’ve liked several others more than this and it does have an element I’m not totally crazy about (read about the warnings on her blog). It didn’t take away from the story and it definitely didn’t stop me from reading it.
This book is slow and Yanni’s healing takes time but honestly if it had moved faster it wouldn’t have worked for me. People don’t heal quickly after going through what Yanni did…it takes time. I’m glad we witnessed his ups and downs. I liked his therapist and getting to see how his therapy worked for him.
And yes, Peter is pretty much perfect and super sweet but sometimes I just want that. I am an absolute sap for the sweet and romantic. Yanni needed that after everything he’d been through and if he didn’t get some of that, he might never have been in another relationship.
There is a pretty great cast of characters in this one. Mr. and Mrs. Landon play a big role in this book and they are awesome parents! I loved seeing Spencer and Andrew again! I was hoping we might see Tyler again but if not, that’s ok too.
This book may not be for everyone but I enjoyed it and the slow pace with the sugary sweet love from Peter.
She is many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words. She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things… but likes it even more when they fall in love.
She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.
She’s been writing ever since…
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