Friday, April 15, 2016

Unwelcome Home by C.E. Kilgore

Title: Unwelcome Home
Series: Welcome to Alvarado,2
Author: C.E. Kilgore
Publisher: Self
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Pages: 132
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher's Blurb
Two broken lives meet in Alvarado, seeking a welcoming home and a second chance.

Five years ago, Clint Shepfield broke the town of Alvarado apart when he used his fists to break Samuel Garrett's body. In prison, Clint's had plenty of time to deal with the guilt, and accept the real reasons behind his actions. He's now accepted his homosexuality, Sam has forgiven him, and he's being encouraged to return to the town he thought would never welcome him home.

In the blink of an eye, and the stomping boots of drunk bullies, Rick Santos lost everything. Once a track star in the making, Ricky's been left confined to a wheelchair, his hopes for the future gone. His happy zeal for life is taken over by a pessimistic, bitter attitude, leaving Sam and Cody at their wits' end. The first time Ricky snaps at Clint, everyone is surprised when Clint bites back.

Clint makes it his mission to get Ricky out of his funk and out of that chair. Maybe if he can help Ricky stand up straight again, Clint will be able to do the same. But, not everyone in Alvarado is ready to welcome them into the community, leaving Clint and Ricky dealing with the possibility of being unwelcome home.


Welcome to Alvarado, 2 is titled Unwelcome Home by author C.E. Kilgore. This book has to be read in order, it is a direct play off of book one. All the characters come back in this book.
Clint a villain whom this book redeems. I didn't think a character that had done what Clint did could be brought back as a hero for a book, but Clint does. He comes out of prison for the crimes he did to Sam. He torn apart his small home town with one night of rage. He also torn apart himself. Now he knows who he is, a gay man. And he knows he has to make amends for what he has done. Clint is actually a great soul. He is a hard worker, great friend, and a thoughtful lover.
Ricky is in a wheel chair because of being beaten for being gay. He has given up hope. All his former sass and brass is gone. All that is left is the sadness and the what could have beens. That is where Clint finds him. But Clint being Clint does manage to bring Ricky back to the land of the living. I loved watching that unfold. They are not the most likely of friends but sometimes circumstances make you be friends with people you never thought you would.
I really love the angst, and love in this book. It feels natural not forced. I also cannot wait for more from this series. I am now hooked and must have more! I like how a contemporary MM, can hold so much story and love inside of it. 

                                    Five Shooting Stars

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