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.
Author: J.P. Barnaby
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Andy Go-Go Boy, Spencer
Series: Survivor Stories
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Spencer
Published by Dreamspinner Press Source: Purchased for Self
Published: October 8, 2012
Genres: Male Male Romance, New Adult
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Aaron, the first book in J.P. Barnaby’s Survivor Stories and it is so completely different from all the other romances I read. The romances I read tend to lean towards the heavily sexed. That’s not Aaron’s tale. Aaron has survived a horrific attack. He came out of it a different boy. At sixteen he had his whole world changed when something precious was violently taken from him. Though two years has passed his existence is a day to day trial. To say he has problems would be an understatement. He also has a will to live and fight that he does not even see in himself.
The first day of college is exciting for most people. For Spencer and Aaron it is something completely different that soon turns into something so much more. Spencer who is used to people seeing him as something he is not doesn’t view Aaron the way Aaron believes others see him. A class project forces them to work together also puts them in a position to find a friendship that both desperately needs.
The story that unfolds from there is both heartbreaking yet cheer inducing. The pages are overflowing with hurt, hate, anger, fear, and shame. At the same time the love, compassion, understanding, pride, and healing takes over and makes the reader want so much for Aaron and Spencer. Surely if anyone deserves a modicum of happiness and a chance to live life to the fullest it is these two young men who have found something in the other that they never expected to have in this lifetime. Barnaby has given readers a sweet romance that Aaron and Spencer more than deserve.