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Andy, Go-Go Boy by JP Barnaby

Working Boys

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Andy, Go-Go Boy

Andy, Go-Go Boy by J.P. Barnaby

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Andy Finnegan is a six foot three brown-haired, blue-eyed, Mack f*cking truck. A former marine who spends his nights dancing for your entertainment, he has a dark side hiding beneath the beautiful veneer. Sweet little Stefan is awestruck by the big, gorgeous dancer with the rock hard abs and the lonely eyes. Determined to see what lurks behind the perfect surface, he gets a little more than he bargained for.

So what did I think? Andy is a big and strong ex-marine who dances to support himself while he dreams of earning more by breaking into porn. Broken and sad and only existing, not living his life. He wasn’t an easy character to like, not until his story came to light and his interactions with Stefan, showed him for the man he truly is inside. This is a story of how one man sees himself a monster…”He should save this boy from the darkness in him.” and of the quiet man who shows him that there is hope. This is a short story – short but sexy with a nice message – and I always have a soft spot for a broken man getting his second chance.

A copy of this book was provided by the author in return for my honest review.

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Now for some interesting stuff!

JP Barnaby was interviewed recently on USA today. Below is a snippet of the interview (click here for full interview).

“The Working Boys series came about as the result of a few conversations with friends in the industry about how they’re represented in fiction. For example, rentboys are generally portrayed as desperate, drug-addicted, or lacking other skills needed to succeed in life. With the boys I’ve met, that simply isn’t true. Charlie, Rentboy is based, in part, on real New York rentboy Eli Lewis and conversations we’ve had about his life. Andy, Go-Go Boy is loosely based on former Marine and Falcon exclusive Ryan Rose. These books are a realistic glimpse into the world of gay sex workers from their perspective.”

So if you love the cover of Andy, Go-Go Boy (like I do!), definitely check out some more of Ryan Rose on Pinterest.

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Check out JP Barnaby’s blog for an excerpt..click here

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To find out more about JP Barnaby and her books visit her website.

Buy Andy, Go-Go Boy from Wilde City Press

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In The Absence of Monsters by JP Barnaby

In The Absence of MonstersIn The Absence of Monsters by J.P. Barnaby

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Jayden Carter knew the path he wanted his life to take. He wanted to get his Master’s Degree in History and teach. But when he answered an ad for a roommate and met mysterious doctor, Ethan Bryant, he’s brought into a world he never knew existed and his path changes.

It changes again for Jayden and he leaves Ethan with their friend, Lexi, in tow. Ethan loses himself in a haze of self-destruction and pain. With the help of a childhood friend, Gabriel, Ethan battles the demons of his childhood and finds a way to survive. Gabriel and Jayden wage an epic war for Ethan, but in the end, they may all end up losing.

Adapted from The Forbidden Room and A House of Cards: Deconstructing Ethan

So what did I think?

It has been a while since I immersed myself in a deeply powerful and compelling story and I couldn’t have picked a better one to read – at times dark, often emotional, it was totally absorbing.

Jayden moves into the home of Dr. Ethan Bryant and finds himself given an ultimatum he can’t turn down, that of submitting to Ethan. The story follows Jayden as he is introduced to the world inhabited by Ethan and his submissive Lexi.

It is quite difficult to review this book without giving away spoilers. There are complex relationships that evolve between Jayden, Ethan, Lexi, Gabriel and Connor. There are secondary characters who play important roles in the story.

This is a story of domination and submission with frequent BDSM scenes. It is a story of struggling to understand sexual desires. It is a story of broken people and damaged relationships. There is denial and heartbreak but also love.

I found the mood of this book sombre, with deep emotions on each and every page. There were twists and turns and events, some that were expected and others a surprise. What surprised me the most was my own enjoyment of Lexi in the story. To be honest, I wasn’t overly happy to read of her inclusion in the early scenes in the book but she is an integral part of the story and she had definitely found her way into my heart by the end of the book.

I thoroughly enjoyed the way this story was told. The first half of the book is from Jayden’s point of view and is very much focused on his reaction to entering the world of BDSM and importantly figuring out his own sexuality. The second half is told from Ethan’s perspective and sheds a different light on the events from the first half of the book. This part of the book was the my favourite section – the insight into Ethan’s background, his reactions to the events in his life and his eventual healing.

Compelling story, wonderful characters, deeply emotional – perfect!

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in return for my honest review.

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To find out more about J.P. Barnaby and her books visit her website.

Buy In the Absence of Monsters from Amazon.

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☞ Charlie, Rentboy by J.P. Barnaby

This is the first book in the Working Boys series.

Charlie, Rentboy (Working Boys, #1)Charlie, Rentboy by J.P. Barnaby

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Got two hundred and fifty dollars for an hour of fun? Then say hello to Charlie, a hot little rentboy working his way through an engineering degree on his back. He’s got shaggy blond hair that’s great to hang on to while you fuck him from behind, and sweet innocent blue eyes that look very enticing when he gazes up at you with your cock in his mouth. That is, until he’s hired by innocent rich boy John Middleton, head of Middleton Communication. John is so far in the closet he could find Narnia. But when John and Charlie get together for an explosive weekend of sex, everything goes to hell

So what did I think?

“Sure, sounded like an easy weekend and definitely worth my time. At least, that’s what I thought – until he f***ed up my life.”

Okay, it’s pretty obvious from the title that this book is about “Charlie” who is a rentboy. And yes, the plot does sound a little familiar as the struggling student/rentboy Charlie takes on a weekend engagement with John, corporate millionaire. But the story has a uniqueness all it’s own. This story has a lovely focus on the emotions of the two men and a surprising ending. From the first pages I thought I would know the outcome of the story but it wasn’t what I expected.

The highlight of the story was the unique insight provided into each character and the way their true nature was revealed as the story progressed. I particularly liked the wonderful portrayal of Charlie and the way he is brought to life. At the start of the book he is a focused and confident young man, not letting his circumstances put an education and career out of his reach. He is a smooth talking rentboy, out to play the ‘game’ and to secure return business. At the same time we meet the corporate rich boy, John, who even though he heads up a large company, is inexperienced, sexually shy and emotional.

However, when the ‘event’ happens, suddenly we see an almost role reversal as “Charlie” reveals his true self. We see the young student not the rentboy, and his real desires in life. He just wants a solid career and to make his mother happy. John however steps up to the plate, taking responsibility and making decisions to manage the situation.

I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the sex, the plot and the ending!

Make sure you check out the video below for an audio excerpt from the beginning of the book and a look at some cute boys!

To find out more about J.P. Barnaby and her books visit her website.

Buy Charlie, Rentboy from Amazon.

Buy Charlie, Rentboy from Wilde City Press.

Thank you to the author and publisher who provided a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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5 star series! Little Boy Lost by J.P. Barnaby

This is one of my favourite series. It tells the story of Brian McAllister and Jamie Mayfield. It is emotional and heartbreaking and so worth reading!

I thought it worth sharing my thoughts on the series as it is currently on special. The 2nd edition (different covers but same content to the books I have reviewed below) are currently on sale from Dreamspinner Press at 40% off.

  • Enlightened (book #1)
  • Abandoned (book #2)
  • Vanished (book #3)
  • Discovered (book #4)
  • Escaped (book #5)
  • Sacrificed (book #6)

Be warned that this series review might be slightly spoilerish as the blurbs for each subsequent books give a bit of the story that has already taken place in the series so far.

5 Stars

Enlightened (Little Boy Lost, #1)Enlightened by J.P. Barnaby

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Little Boy Lost is the story of Brian McAllister, the boy next door.

Brian goes to school, does his homework, and helps his foster parents around the house. Brian also has a secret. He is in love with his best friend. In Crayford, Alabama being in love with another boy is the worst kind of sin.

In this first book, Enlightened, Brian and Jamie discover just how deep their emotional bond runs, and at what cost. From fumbling through their first sexual experiences to shrouding every aspect of their relationship from everyone in their lives, Brian and Jamie battle for the one thing that is truly theirs — love. What will they do if their secret is discovered?

So what did I think?

From the opening line, “My name is Brian Patrick McAllister, and I am going to hell.” and launch straight into the pastor’s sermon, I knew this wouldn’t be an easy book.

It is the story, told by 16 year old Brian, of his developing sexuality – his realisation that his feelings for his best friend Jamie, extend beyond simple friendship. These feelings aren’t only sexual though, Brian and Jamie share a deep love for one another.

Living in a small town, Jamie’s parents are deeply religious and Brian is a foster child, worried about losing the only home he has felt wanted in since losing his parents as a young boy.

The boys try come to terms with being gay while trying to hide their feelings for each other from other people. They live in fear of repercussions. The story tells of their pain and is really moving.

“My question is, if god hates gay people and God made us, why would He make people He hated? I thought God was supposed to love everybody? Is it a test? Why me? Why you?”………….”I’m scared, Jamie”.

Warning: there is no happy ending in this book.  The ending is certainly motivation to get straight into the next book. Hopefully, with so many books in the series, Brian and Jamie will eventually get their happy ever after.

Abandoned (Little Boy Lost, #2)Abandoned by J.P. Barnaby

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Jamie is gone. Brian’s secret has been revealed.

Brian McAllister’s story continues as he tries to cope with the loss of his best friend and soul mate amid the alienation and ridicule of his classmates. When hatred turns to violence, Brian narrows his focus to two goals: surviving and finding Jamie. Along the way he meets Adam, whose life has also been shattered by violence and cruelty. Can Adam fill the hole in Brian’s life left by Jamie’s absence? The answer will change everything.

So what did I think?

This is the sequel to Enlightened and continues the story of Brian, who has lost Jamie and now facing his small town knowing he is gay.

Unfortunately there are those who decide to ‘punish’ Brian with tragic consequences. The story follows Brian as he deals with physical recovery, fights to keep his foster parents and continues to deal with his sorrow at not knowing what has happened to Jamie.

There are some small bright lights in Brian’s otherwise bleak life, such as his loving foster parents.
[ his loving foster parents adopting him, the love of his new friend Adam and the support he gets from Kyle, the art teacher and from his karate coach. (hide spoiler)]

Once again, lots of heartbreak and there is no happy ending but the series continues…….

Vanished (Little Boy Lost, #3)Vanished by J.P. Barnaby

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Brian McAllister’s story continues in San Diego, where he finds so much more than he ever expected: acceptance, friends, encouragement, and an entire world of sexual adventure he’d never dared to imagine back in his small Alabama town. He continues to search for one lost boy in a sea of humanity but slowly begins to realize that maybe dreams really don’t come true.

Encouraged by new friends Mike and Emilio, Brian struggles to find work and keep his spirits up while his hope of finding Jamie starts to falter. But when life comes crashing down, he’s desperate to keep his new life. Can Brian do the unthinkable to remain in California when his money runs out? When Brian meets a beaten and bruised boy no one seems willing to help, he knows that walking away is no longer an option.

So what did I think?

The third book in the series sees Brian leave home and cross the country on his search for Jamie. The depth of his love is obviously as he sacrifices a college scholarship and secure future to find Jamie. For Brian, Jamie is his future.

Brian struggles to find work and enough money to fund his search but finds a new home and new friends who broaden his outlook. This book has a different feel to the earlier books as Brian is growing up and starts to further explore his sexuality. However it still filled with sorrow and heartache.

The direction Brian’s life starts to move in definitely was a surprise to me.

Warning: cliffhanger ending and the epilogue indicates that Brian faces many tough times and more heartbreak ahead

Discovered (Little Boy Lost, #4)Discovered by J.P. Barnaby

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Little Boy Lost is the story of Jamie Mayfield, a golden-haired fallen angel. Dumped into a gay rehab center and shunned by his parents, the once-adored son of small-minded, small town people has had to find his own way in life.

Jamie is astonished and dismayed when Brian McAllister, the boy he knows is the other half of his soul, explodes back into his precarious life. In the nearly two years they’ve been apart, not a day has gone by that Jamie hasn’t thought of Brian, no matter how hard surviving has been. How can Jamie protect Brian from the pain and brutalization in his life when he can’t even protect himself? Brian and Jamie will put every bit of themselves into saving each other, but Steven O’Dell isn’t the only obstacle keeping the boys apart. Jamie’s own self-hatred may prove to be their undoing.

So what did I think?

This 4th book in the series is told from Jamie’s point of view. We learn more about the pain he has been in since being wrenched from Brian 2 years ago.

“That night, that last beautiful night I held him in my arms, was the last time I had been happy. Even nearly two years later, I could still remember every touch, every whisper in the dark, every promise. That night, that experience changed my life. It made me want to be a better man, to take care of Brian the way that he should have been cared for his whole life. I wanted to go to college and get a great job so that I could be everything he needed. I never knew that I had that kind of capacity to love anyone else.”

Jamie is living in a world of hurt and fear. Jamie and Brian may have found each other again but they are not together. Jamie tries to distance himself from Brian to protect him from harm.

It is difficult to read of the heartbreak both these men are going through and I keep wanting them to have their happy ever after. Maybe in the next book? The whole series is difficult to put down due to the endings and epilogues which drag you straight into the next book.

EscapedEscaped by J.P. Barnaby

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Finally together, Brian McAllister and Jamie Mayfield have risked everything in a desperate escape. Jamie is now free of his tormentor, Steven O’Dell… for the moment. But Brian and Jamie know that one wrong choice could lead Steven to their door.

With the strength of Brian and his friends to protect him, Jamie hides and finds the one person he is truly afraid of—himself. The long, lonely hours in the place Leo found for them to stay leave Jamie with nothing to do but think. He thinks about Brian, about the direction their lives should take. He thinks about his parents, about the industry he left behind. Mostly, though, he thinks about drugs. Jamie wants to feel good again, forget about his self-hatred, and stop the gnawing cravings that prey upon his mind and body even as he tries to start a new life with Brian.

One moment of weakness may prove to be fatal for them both.

So what did I think?

The fifth book in the series, finally brings Brian and Jamie together. However they have a lot to overcome if they are to be happy. Jamie may be away from Steven and his influence but a lot of damage has already been done.

This continues to be a dark journey for Jamie as he fights to get well and struggles with his internal demons.

“I pushed away the thought that he would be better off finding someone whole, because he didn’t want someone whole – he wanted me.”

Once again, lots of emotional moments. Thank goodness I don’t have to wait for the final book to be released but can dive right in.

Sacrificed (Little Boy Lost, #6)Sacrificed by J.P. Barnaby

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Reunited with his father but missing the one man he loves more than any other, Jamie Mayfield attempts to put his life back together amid rehab, seizures, and the gutting loneliness of Brian’s rejection. As he tries to cope, Jamie finds that relying on his friends isn’t nearly as difficult as he’d imagined, and soon he can once again stand on his own two feet.

While recovering from his addiction, Jamie starts a new phase of his life at college, working to become the man Brian needs him to be. Only one question remains: Can Jamie earn Brian’s forgiveness and win back his trust, or will their love be sacrificed at the altar of Jamie’s demons?

Brian and Jamie’s epic journey comes to a close in this thrilling conclusion to the Little Boy Lost series.

So what did I think?

“I’m fighting for us. You are everything to me, Brian, and I am not going to give up on us – ever.”

This is the last book in the series and concludes the story of Brian and Jamie. In the tradition of the other books, the boys are not finding it easy to move forward, to get beyond the tragic situation that has been forced on them. Once again they are apart.

Although along with the heartache, here is healing. Jamie is getting his life together and finally has support and friends. Thank goodness he doesn’t give up on Brian and allow him to push him away. “I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t think – nothing mattered except Brian and how devastated I would be if he pushed me away. But I needed to try, one more time, just to know that I’d done everything I could. I had to feel his lips against mine even if it destroyed me.

This book is filled with such wonderful expressions of love and the happy ending was worth waiting for!

5 Stars

To find out more about J.P. Barnaby and her books visit her website.

Note: You might be interested to read a slightly different take on this series. J.P. Barnaby, writing as fictional character Jamie Mayfield,  is in the process of releasing the series aimed at a YA audience. The series is called Waiting for Forever. Check out Choices (book #1) which is currently available. Destiny (book 2) is due for release next month (July 2013).

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