#ReleaseDay — We Three Kings by A.F. Henley + Review & Giveaway
Title: We Three Kings
Author: A.F. Henley
Genre: Contemporary Gay
Length: 41,000 Words
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Chicago 1982 is a goldmine for the construction industry, and Eric and his two business partners are thriving.
Once nothing more than orphans in a Catholic boys' home, they've overcome poverty and abuse to obtain success.
Now living the lives they once only dreamed of, they're sure of one thing: they will never look back.
Then the past returns, by way of a cheap polyester suit and a smile Eric has never forgotten—and all the dark memories come crashing back.
Lucky for him, Jimmy has no idea who Eric is, or who Eric used to be...
Product Link: Less Than Three Press
About the Author
Henley was born with a full-blown passion for run-on sentences, a zealous indulgence in all words descriptive, and the endearing tendency to overuse punctuation.
Since the early years Henley has been an enthusiastic writer, from the first few I-love-my-dog stories to the current leap into erotica.
A self-professed Google genius, Henley lives for the hours spent digging through the Internet for ‘research purposes’ which, more often than not, lead seven thousand miles away from first intentions but bring Henley to new discoveries and ideas that, once seeded, tend to flourish.
Henley has been proudly working with LT3 since 2012, and has been writing like mad ever since—an indentured servant to the belief that romance and true love can mend the most broken soul. Even when presented in prose. You can connect with Henley at these locations:
A wise ole’ man once said...
“Then go be sorry.”
Eric, Devin, and Mark—three boys who made a pact to stick together through thick and thin, including good times and bad—have remained steadfast in their loyalty to each other, and now as adults and business partners, their pact remains unbroken.
A.F. Henley shows us in We Three Kings that even though we grow up, move on, strive to be the best that we can be, try to help those less fortunate than we—ourselves—are. . .until we face our fears and demons—they will always find a way to haunt us and make themselves known.
Eric is a leader and the dominant male of the three friends but when he comes face-to-face with Jimmy—a boy from his past—everything comes crashing down around him.
With his life spiraling out of control, Eric can’t reconcile his behavior when he was in the boys’ home and since this was in the 60’s (as children) and now in the 80’s (as adults) as he tries to come to grips with his childhood—I'm sure he is suffering from PTSD.
As an adult, he reversed his behavior—in his mind that he was a bully—by doing acts of kindness for others—but when he sees Jimmy—the boy he victimized—it brings it all back to the forefront.
His struggle was heartbreaking as he revisits his memories and he assures himself Jimmy will hate him if he links the past with the present. However, as his past continues to close in—he pushes his best friends away—lies to them—knowing it's wrong—but can’t stop himself.
When the homeless man—his constant companion and friend—starts spouting nonsense . . .Eric fears the truth in his words.
“Kinda stormy, more so. Like something ugly is gathering up." —Meryl
We Three Kings is about redemption and forgiveness. Forgiving yourself... most of all.
It’s also a great representation of how children—in this case…four…all in the same boys’ home—dealt with the consequences of their lives differently and processed them over the course of their life in a way that they could live with.
I speculate that Eric—being the alpha of the three friends—carried the weight and guilt from those long ago regrettable actions and categorized himself as the bully—carrying the burden for them all. I think over the years his transgressions ballooned and made them insurmountable, in his head.
Once they were old enough to escape and know better, they DID. They excelled. However, unbeknownst to the others, Eric never forgave himself for his misdeeds. He never felt deserving of love for himself. He became his own executioner.
Will Jimmy and the wisdom of a homeless man be enough to put Eric on the course of forgiveness? To ask for it as well as receive it? We Three Kings is a very thought-provoking and compelling read. Two boys with situations out of their control and decades later, two men taking back their control and what they deserve.
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