Title: One Bit at a Time
Being thought of as a freak wasn’t something Raven cherished.
Raven has been brought up as a shifter in the city, along with his siblings, hiding what he is from humans. His father became abusive as soon as Raven’s mother died, and after a traumatic childhood, plus being caught wearing his sister’s clothes, Raven knows it’s time to run away.
He takes off in search of a wolf haven, knowing they’ll take him in but worrying over how his siblings will fare now he’s not there. He meets Boss, the owner of the compound, and realizes that not everyone shuns a cross-dresser. What follows is a new journey of discovery—not only can Raven wear what he wants, but he can be exactly who he is too.
The problem is, his past won’t let him go, and someone is on a mission to drag Raven back home to his father. And that someone doesn’t seem to want to take no for an answer…
Reader advisory: This book contains references of homophobic language
Author: Sydney Presley
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Jace's Justice, Vann's Victory, Dillon's Decisions, No Matter What
Published by Pride Source: Author
Published: August 18, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance
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With all the PNRs and M/M romances I read, One Bit at a Time is offering me a first for me. A gay (not new), shifter (also not new) who likes to wear women’s clothing. Hello, now that’s new to me. It certainly gave a interesting twist to the story. So let’s break this down.
Raven as I said before is gay, cross-dresses and is a shifter. Life has not been kind to him. To be exact, it’s his father (Human) who isn’t kind. After the death of his mom (Shifter) is when things got bad for Raven and his siblings. After his dad catches Raven wearing his sister’s clothes, the violence escalates. Beaten down but determine, he waits until his siblings are old enough to escape and live the life he wants. His brother has heard of a safe place, a wolf haven, where Raven takes off in search of hoping for a better life.
For such a short story, One Bit at a Time packs quite a punch. The story switches back and forth from 3rd to first person so you get to experience a very emotional story told from Raven. All his fears for his family, his journey, and his self doubts are all laid out for the reader to experience. There’s quite a bit of homophobic slang spewed from haters and I can how this may shock and offend some readers. Turns out, it’s a very necessary evil so you can see what Raven has to endure.
I’m not going into much more detail than that because this is definitely a book that needs to be experienced first hand by the reader. I will however, say this did I enjoy the happy ending. Sydney Presley is done a very good job with this book and I look forward to reading more from this author.