Sawyer by A.D. Ellis – Release Day/Review

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Title: Sawyer (Torey Hope: The Later Years #2)

Author: A.D. Ellis

Release Date:  August 6, 2015

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Synopsis

 Sawyer Morgan has a secret. Revealing his true feelings to his family could bring devastation and destruction, so he keeps the burden firmly on his own shoulders. When he moves back to Torey Hope to help with the family business, Sawyer’s hidden truth becomes too much to bear.
Luke Hamilton has a past overflowing with emotional and physical scars. A promise to his dying mother prevents him from seeking the love and acceptance he longs for. Taking a job in Torey Hope brings Luke face-to-face with taboo desires he thought long extinguished.
Secrets, lies, hatred, and fear threaten to destroy their lives. But, love has the power to overcome and lay claim to victory.
Will Sawyer succeed in proving to Luke some connections are worth fighting for?
A poignant tale of two hearts valiantly fighting to stay true and find love.
**This is a male/male romance. It has adult themes, language, and situations. Readers sensitive to homosexual relationships, abuse, hate crimes, and derogatory terms should take note. This story is meant only for readers age 18+.**

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Review

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Sawyer Morgan has had a hard time coming to terms with his sexuality.  Once he finally does, he has an even harder time of telling his family.  Sawyer discovered his love for men while in high school, but he was too scared to let anyone in his family know at the time.  So he continued to keep this secret buried throughout college as well.  When he comes home from college, it’s just too hard to keep the secret from his loved ones.  So he decides he has to tell them.  Starting with his brother Decker, and cousins Kendrick and Zach. Now that his secret is out to his four best friends, he has to do the hardest thing he’s ever done; come out to his family.  Sawyer has a deep seeded fear that his family will reject him and is also afraid that his sexually will affect the Center+, an activities center that his been in his family for a very long time. How will Sawyer come out to his family?  Will he be able to finally be true to himself? Or will he remain hidden?

Luke Hamilton has had a hard life.  He lost his mother at a very young age, but remembers a promise he made her and has stuck by it his entire life, “Don’t give in, don’t let them win.”  This promise has had him fighting his attraction to men ever since.  When Luke and Sawyer meet, there’s an instant attraction to each other, but Luke refuses to acknowledge it.  This creates a constant internal battle for Luke throughout the book.  Will Luke break his promise to his mother?  Or is he destined to be alone?

I have to say I read this book and fell in love with Torey Hope (the town where it all takes place) all over again.  A.D. Ellis does a fantastic job at hitting the hard points and dark spots of difficult subjects.  In this case, she hits on everything from the fear of coming out, abuse, rejection felt by family, homophobia, and even sexual orientation based assault.  There are moments where you just cringe at the real-life view of these subjects, but at the same time you’re thankful for it because it helps relate the story that much better.  This story definitely has its comedic moments: Kendrick – “What’s it like to suck c**k?”  Let me tell you, I about died from laughing at that comment.  And you’ve still got a large family interaction between Sawyer and the rest of the family.

This book is one that I absolutely adore and I recommend to anyone that enjoys a good m/m read.  There’s so many emotions and real-life situations covered in this book that it can’t help but melt your heart for these characters.  I give this book a strong 4.5 star rating.

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About the author

A.D. Ellis was born and raised in a small farming town in southern Indiana.  An avid reader from the time she learned to read, A.D. could often be found curled up somewhere with her nose in a book.  Most of her friends were not such book enthusiasts which earned her a few snickers when she was constantly reading.

A.D. had always dreamed of being a teacher.  She earned her degree in Elementary Education from Indiana State University in 1999 and her Master’s Degree from Indiana Wesleyan in 2003. A.D. has been teaching in the inner city of Indianapolis for 15 years.  While she’s taught several different grades, fourth grade is her favorite.  They are learning independence by 4th grade, but most haven’t learned the attitude yet.  A.d. loves teaching fractions, variables, probability, and graphing in Math.  She loves almost all aspects of English Language Arts. Figurative language, theme, making predictions, drawing conclusions, inference, context clues, making writing come to life, A.D. loves it all!  Her students may not be in agreement with that excitement.

A.D. met her husband in college in 1996 and they married in June of 2000.  A.D. lives in a south side suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and two school-aged children.  When she’s not reading or writing with music blaring, she can be found shopping at thrift stores, reading to her children, and running.

A.D. had always pondered the idea of writing a book, but until recently it was a far off dream.  In today’s age of independently published authors, A.D. decided to take a chance and try her hand at writing.  She has learned so much during this journey and is having a world of fun with it.

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