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When Craig Ferguson is released from prison after a year’s sentence for fighting, he returns home to his father and brother, and the family business. Throwing himself back into the life he left, with family, work, and women, Craig tries to forget his time on the inside, but there’s one thing he just can’t get out of his mind.
Cell mate, Rocky Kirk, still has six months of his sentence to go, and after a year together in a tiny cell, Craig misses him more than he cares to admit. He does his best to forget, but when Rocky is released, and arrives on Craig’s doorstep, homeless and hurt, everything that happened between them comes flooding back.
Craig’s family takes in Rocky, now known as Kirk, and gives him a home and a job, but he’s reluctant to join in with their partying, and never seems entirely comfortable in their home. A few months later Kirk announces he has to leave, and when Craig presses him for an explanation, Kirk blurts out that his unwanted feelings for his friend are hurting him too much to stay. His admission changes everything, but Craig’s uncertainty, and fears of his father discovering their secret, threatens to ruin anything that could develop between them.
I did not like anything about this story. The cover was horrendous, and the blurb was super misleading. When one reads prison and cell mates in the blurb one expects the setting to be in prison. It was false advertising all around. The only reason that it wasn’t one star was because the writing of the story was good, that doesn’t mean I enjoyed the story at all because I didn’t. The sex was boring me, and it went very fast for these two guys. I think the concept was good, maybe it cold have been longer so it would have time to gel together.
Okay let’s take this by points, the cover should have been a major no. The floating head was a big N-O. The prison bars misleading, and then the model guy? Why? Major turnoffs for me. I tired really hard to find something that was good for me with the characters but nothing appealed to me. I never connected with Craig or Kirk. The relationship aspect between both guys never seemed genuine. It might have felt someway on Kirk’s side but he didn’t have a voice in this story to me. I just felt like the author made Kirk this timid guy who didn’t have a voice or opinion. It didn’t gel with what Craig talked about. It went from Craig never being with a man but until he spend 1 year in prison. I must say that whole prison sentence bothered me. I don’t know if first offences get prison time for fighting when no one died. It seemed so extreme to me, and then to tide over time you decided to have sex with your cell mate. I’m sorry it’s not for me. The execution was huge miss and neither characters were inspiring to like.