Series: Love Story Universe (book 1), but works as a Standalone
Genre: LGBT (m/m), Romance, Drama
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Cover: I love how it looks happy and at the same time depressed. Fits the story perfectly as well.
Trigger warnings: Prostitution, Rape, Drugs
Description: When fifteen-year-old Romeo’s mother leaves one day and doesn’t return, he finds himself homeless and trying to survive on the streets. Mute and terrified, his silence makes him vulnerable, and one night he is beaten by a gang of other kids, only to be rescued by a boy who pledges to take care of him.
Julian is barely two years older than Romeo. A runaway from an abusive home, he has had to make some difficult choices and sells himself on the street to survive. Taking care of Romeo changes him, gives him a purpose in life, gives him hope, and he tries to be strong and keep his troubles with drugs behind him. But living as they do is slowly destroying him, and he begins to doubt he can be strong enough.
This is the story of their struggle to find a way off the streets and stay together at all costs. But when events threaten to tear them apart, it is Romeo who must find the strength within himself to help Julian (and not let their love story turn into a Shakespearean tragedy).
Review: Have my heart and destroy it physically as well…
I have read Foxes (still need to write a review) by Suki Fleet before this one and I wasn’t sure if I would be bored by it or not. Because in theory Foxes and This is not a Love Story sound kinda the same. Two guys living on the street in London, bad things happening to them, them falling in love…
But it really is not the same! The characters are totally different and the drama as well. The only thing both books have in common is the pain you’re going through while reading.
But it’s not only pain you’ll be feeling. There’ll be rage at society in general, hopelessness, sadness, and happiness as well.
I really enjoyed how realistic everything is portrayed and I loved all characters. Even though I liked to throttle some of them at times as well. But not because of them being stupid. They were just being human.
This is one of those books I’ve read mostly in public on my way to work and back home. Don’t do that. I had to stop reading so many times and blink as inconspicuous as I could… Do not read it in public.
What more is there to say? I love Suki Fleet’s writing and I’m sure I’ll end up reading every last one of their books. I just need to decide which one will be next. And I have to read something light and fluffy in-between.
Gosh, my heart.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy through a blog tour in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
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