#Review — Detour by Sid Love — Released June 13th ~ Available now for download!
Author: Sid Love
Publisher: Cool Dudes Publishing
Publication Date: June 13, 2016
Genre: Gay Fiction
Page Count: 226
Blurb: Austin Reyes works as a bartender to support his ailing mother in a small town called Eaton. But his life takes a horrible turn when his boss’ son, Caleb, arrives in town and forces himself upon Austin. There is no end to Caleb’s lustful intentions. Austin leaves Eaton and flees to Denver to start a new life when his mother commits suicide after succumbing to depression. There, he meets Dylan Carver.
Dylan is out and proud. He’s also a well-known actor in the porn industry. When haters damage his car, Austin, now homeless and destitute, is injured and Dylan helps him. In the immediate aftermath, Dylan develops more than a passing interest for Austin, and, though they part ways, chance meetings never stop.
Austin lets Dylan in on the secret about his past, but soon realizes that the man who looked so happy on the outside, has his own baggage. Unbeknownst to them, someone is plotting to get Austin killed.
Even while surrounded by danger, Austin and Dylan’s relationship takes a detour that was always meant to be. Will this detour be Dylan’s undoing? Will Austin finally come to terms with his mother’s suicide and follow his own truth? Or will their lives implode?
Trigger Warning: Content includes a rape scene.
If Austin didn't have bad luck he wouldn't have any luck at all. Detour is my first time reading a Sid Love book so I had no idea what to expect and I'm still, two days later, torn on my feelings about this book.
The author's writing style is different from what I'm used to, but I quickly got pulled into the story as the danger and tension mount with each passing breath Austin takes.
The blurb already tells you, Austin is raped by Caleb, the boss's son, which happens repeatedly, and due to threats and his own fear, Austin suffers in silence... night after night. His mother—his only living parent—is suffering from an illness, therefore, Austin must continue working, not only to have money for bills but to buy her medicine. Another reason he keeps silent.
After being caught in the act, fired and threatened, Austin goes home and finds his beloved mother has committed suicide. He's devastated by her actions, distraught that his secret may have influenced her decision, and if that isn't enough, Caleb comes to his home to finish raping him.
Austin flees without any personal belongings—only the shirt on his back—escaping the abuse and torment, only to find himself in a new and big city and nowhere to go.
Here he meets, by accident, Dylan, who he later comes to know as a porn actor, and one chance meeting after another they hit it off as friends.
Austin has family in Denver but he has to go through some trials before he gets to them, but once he does hopefully things will start to look up for him. You would hope. However, it's one episode of bad luck after another.
Detour has a lot of things going on, a lot of plots playing out—too many actually—that it almost made the story unrealistic. Rape, losing his mother, kidnappers, murder and it became overwhelming that so much bad luck and trouble could happen to one person in such a short time frame.
From the minute he and Dylan connect, the twists and turns are mind-boggling and they are all interconnected at one point or another.
There are several supporting characters, Amy and Liana, Austin's cousin and roommate, who bring their own conflict and relationship to the story. This was another element of drama that, at times, appeared over the top, especially Amy at the beginning attacking Austin when he first arrived.
A common ground is eventually found and I believe true friendships formed that helped to give Austin much needed strength. Trev and Sharon, another couple who at first glance seem off-putting but actually won favor with me by the end and became crucial in helping Austin find justice against Caleb, and several others I'll not get into that all connect in one way or another.
I read Detour from start to finish because I became invested in the outcome...will Austin ever find his happy ever after? Will he ever have any good luck? At times, I did have to suspend my disbelief, however, the story was engaging enough that I continued to read because I had to know the ending.
Austin does find his HEA and believe me, it was well-deserved. That young man deserves all the happiness that comes his way.
* My thanks to the author who provided a copy in exchange for an honest review *
Meet the author
Sid Love grew up in one of busiest cities in the world, Mumbai, listening to the excerpts of Indian epics as told by his father every night. While it served as an inspiration back, he has always had an ambitious mind.
In 2007, when he had just turned sixteen, he decided that he would make his lifelong dream come true—to become a well-known, respected author someday.
Ask him and he would refuse to accept that he is obsessed with books. Or movies. Or TV shows. Addicted may even be the right word.
He is a die-hard fan of Jane Austen’s romance novels and loves to reread them time and again.