Aaron – Survivor Stories #1
Bookreview / August 29, 2015

Aaron is part 1 in the Survivor Stories series by J.P. Barnaby. The whole series is about people who had a hard life, but need to learn to get passed that and build a new life with someone else. A great starting point and very easily to get wrong. But J.P. Barnaby certainly did not get it wrong, it is spot on. In this first book we meet Aaron Downing. In the past he was kidnapped together with a friend and horribly abused and raped. As a result of that he still suffers from nightmares, flashbacks and constant fear. It is almost impossible for him to have a normal life, no matter how much he wants it. He feels he is a constant strain on the rest of his family which makes him feel very guilty. Forcing himself to lead a somewhat normal life, he signs up for college. But when he is assigned Spencer Thomas as a partner for some programming assignment, he starts to feel that maybe normal is beyond his grasp. ┬áIf only he could learn to control his fear, that would be enough for now. Not to mention his growing attraction to Spencer, but why would…

Aaron’s Story
Bookreview / March 11, 2015

Aaron’s Story is the book that precedes what happens in Braden’s Story, that I blogged about here. In this book we meet Aaron, a 16 year old boy with a secret. He is gay but knows for a fact that his family and friends will never accept that from him. Other gay boys in school are constantly bullied and teased and he doesn’t want that to happen to him. Plus his parents are strictly Christian and homosexuality is definitely not allowed in church and at home. But then Aaron meets Steven, the local jock that he never thought he could have. Stephen is supposedly straight, but really likes Aaron and can’t keep his hands of of him whenever they are together. However, he doesn’t want to reveal his love to the rest of the world. Aaron decides he wants to be straight and needs to find a girlfriend. A girl in his school is already in love with him, so what could be easier than starting up something with her? All goes well, as long as he doesn’t have to kiss her or hold her hand all the time. And does she really have to be everywhere he is? Then…

Braden’s Story
Bookreview / March 6, 2015

Yes I know I read these books in the wrong order. Actually you are supposed to read Aaron’s story first and then Braden’s Story, but both stories can be read out of order without problem. In this book we meet Braden, nephew of Aaron from the first book. His parents are strictly Christian and he really really wants to please them and be a good boy. But lately he has been having these feelings that he cannot describe, but doesn’t want either. Boys make him feel better than girls and that can only be wrong. His mother goes on and on about how wrong it is to be gay, the pastor in his church says so and all his friends make fun of gay people and seem to actually hate them. Braden does everything he can to get rid of these feelings. He forces himself to look at girls, tries a camp that promises to straighten him and even turns to drugs in order to help him. But nothing seems to work. And than he meets Michael, the pastors son. Michael assures him he is not gay, but bi. Michael has no objection to kissing and touching Braden and bot…