Published by: Kingston Publishing Company
Publication date: November 4th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Romance
Tragedy comes in all forms, and you never know how you’ll deal with it. Four friends have all dealt with their fair share of struggles. Dillion, an aspiring writer with writer’s block because of his brother’s sudden death, Jesse the emotionally stunted drinker thanks to his boyfriend’s suicide, Ivan the abuse victim just looking for a place to call home, and Leo the stubborn romantic trying to get his friends to open up, while keeping his issues close to his chest.
With these four friends, they avoid all their elephants in the room like a death card agreement between Dillion and Jesse, Ivan completely hoping his abusive lover will change or even Leo focusing on his friends problems instead of his own. Can these four friends learn to embrace and accept their own tragedy or will they be stuck in the past?
Thirst Trap is a realistic coming of age story dealing with sexuality, tragedy, substance abuse, and the most beautiful however insane friendships.
MMy Thoughts and Review:
- Dillion – go-go dancer who makes too many trips to the health clinic to be healthy
- Jesse – mourning bartender who drinks too much to dull the pain and memory of that day tattooed on his soul
- Ivan – gym rat by day scared mouse by night, but who could blame him when a monster sleeps so close
- Leo – papa bear who hides his feelings and heart so he can watch over his friends, at the risk of losing what’s most important
This is the cast of Thirst Trap, an angsty story about a group of four 20-somethings. Friends, who aren’t truly sure why they are friends at all. They get together once in a while for a drink, or meal, but they never share in-depth conversations, and feelings are never brought out. Everything about their relationship is superficial even though everyone who knows them knows they are a bound friend group. If you offend easily, this may not be the read for you. The guys can be offensive and overly sarcastic from time to time. Just FYI!💖
There was so much angst in this story my momma hen reflexes and emotions were all over the place. I wanted to cuddle them one moment, hold a group painting therapy session the next, and break out some guided meditation in another. These young men had my heart in a heap! **sigh… It’s only because it ended with an HEA that I didn’t cluck and run around yelling, “THE SKY IS FALLING…THE SKY IS FALLING…” Because believe me, after the scene where they were all at Leo’s house getting ready to sit down to a steak dinner, when all hell broke loose, I was definitely tempted! 🐔
I did struggle in some places with the flow and that honestly had more to do with the editing than with the four POVs, I kinda dug that. There were times when conversations and scenes jumped and it took a moment for me to catch up and realize the scene had moved on or someone else was speaking. This was really the only flaw or issue I had with the book. The Story itself was original, and uniquely laid out.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a lot of emotional highs and lows in their reads. If you enjoy stories about people learning what it means to “adult” in an often times cruel and unforgiving world, where even the smallest moments of happiness have to be fought for, you will enjoy this one.
Possible triggers: mentions of depression, alcohol abuse, domestic abuse (on page) and suicide
I received a complimentary copy of this book from XpressoTours. The opinions expressed are solely mine.👬🌈👬
Zachary Ryan grew up in a black-and-white box in Maryland, before moving to Chicago to start a new life. There, he found that he was accepted for his misfit status–and learned that it’s perfectly normal to spend your twenties feeling lost and confused.
After a disastrous sexual encounter, Ryan stumbled on a group of true friends, or “soul cluster,” that he connected with. Through his writing, he hopes to help other broken souls out there find comfort amid the chaos.
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