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Book Title: CID
Author: S. L. Danielson
Cover Artist: Bee Javier
Release Date: August 1, 2018
Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Romance
Trope/s: Friends to lovers, abuse recovery
Themes: Coming out, forgiveness
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Length: 50 236 words/209 pages
It is a standalone story.
Ask 26-year-old artist Cid Walker how he’s feeling and you’ll likely get a snarl, or a glare, but not a real answer. Cid’s soul is so damaged from a brutal and savage ex-fiancé that trusting anyone is out of the question.
Two classmates try to get his attention; Barry and Kellen. Barry is only 18 and a very naïve, sweet boy-next-door type who is young, needy, and anxious to get involved with the mysterious artist. He wants to be with Cid more than anything, but his efforts fail.
Kellen, all of 22, is as snarky as Cid is at first, but soon manages to get across to him. Kellen understands why Cid is acting out because Kellen is also keeping his soul and psyche intact with mere Band-Aids after being attacked a few years ago.
Add in a stalker that won’t take ‘no’ for an answer and you have Cid’s life at the moment. Who can get through his broken heart?
🌟🌟🌟🌟 4 stars
🔥🔥 Heat Level: 2.5
Content Warning: Deals with sexual assaults (explicit), domestic violence, suicide and other somewhat confronting themes. Unfortunately I was not warned about any of these strong themes and as a sexual assault survivor this was very confronting and I’d like to start with a warning.
The story follows Cid, Barry, Kellen and Frank with a focus on the moody and ‘damaged’ artist, Cid. Cid has had to deal with a lot; parents deaths, foster care, various neglect, sexual assault, domestic violence, abuse, suicide, depression and a violent stalker. This explains the reason he is the way he is and his character was interesting to unwrap. I felt for his story and liked how the author kept the mystery that is Cid alive throughout the story, I just wasn’t expecting his past to be so explicit. I did like that the author faced these issues head on but a warning is recommended. I felt there was so much more to all the characters and felt like we only touched the surface of these four and the friendship they could develop.
I loved Kellen and how much he cared for Cid. I felt the story had very quick to fall in love characters with Kellen and Barry both falling for Cid rather quickly. A lot of instalove, important themes and sweet moments. It was an interesting read with a sweet HEA. I enjoyed watching Cid come back to himself and heal and I like that it showed that every story is different and healing it possible.
A confronting read with a healing HEA!
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About the Author
Why was I drawn to this genre? Why do I write it and who do I write it for? What’s my goal in writing?
I used to write the stories soley, until I was about 16 and met the first gay boy I ever knew. I was smitten with him, but more I wanted him and others like him to have a voice, to be seen, and to be heard that they are normal just like everybody else. They love, cry, exalt, cheer, live lives of triumph and sadness just like everybody else.
By my teens, gay storylines had taken over completely but the genre was still very taboo.
Annie Proulx and her work Brokeback Mountain in the early 2000’s really broke me free. By then, I’d been writing nearly 2 decades and was thrilled when I saw that it actually got some notice.
The genre exploded, and I was right there with it. In 2006 I published my first book.
My audience is mainly straight woman, gay men, and anyone else over 18 who enjoys a good story between two teens/young adults/adults falling in love. I don’t have insta-romance or bdsm, or anything like that, but I tell a good story from my heart that I hope the reader will enjoy.
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