Escaping Camp Roosevenlt by Bryan T. Clark :: New Release
“He’s a bad boy—cocky and damaged. So, why can’t I stop thinking about him?”
Sociable and unselfish, eighteen-year-old Tucker Graves loves two things—his darling little sister and the thrill of playing baseball. He never dreamed that he’d be homeless, but after a series of misfortunes, his life is nothing like he could have possibly imagined. Shocked and shattered, Tucker, his mother, and his baby sister now must brave the dangers of a dilapidated homeless encampment called Camp Roosevelt.
A Wounded Heart
Homeless since the age of fourteen, Dancer has mastered the tricks of living on the streets as a sex worker. The quiet, reclusive, and calculating ways of this twenty-year-old, green-eyed Adonis help him to survive. He hides his emotional scars from the world by interacting only with his clients, whose occasional bizarre requests he reluctantly fulfills. Dancer’s past has taught him to trust no one.
A Second Chance
When Tucker and Dancer come face to face on a stormy night, having been thrown together under the same roof, Tucker brings out a feeling in Dancer that he didn’t know still existed in him—desire. Neither man can deny the attraction he feels for the other. But some scars run deep, causing both Tucker and Dancer to question whether falling in love is even possible, especially when survival is on the line.
Bryan T. Clark is a multi-published, Rainbow Award-winning author and LAMBDA finalist.
*** One hundred percent of the royalties from the first year of this novel’s publication is being donated to the Larkin Street Youth Services/Castro Youth Housing Initiative. The CYHI provides transitional housing in the city of San Francisco, California, for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. Fear of being raped, abused, or murdered should not be a part of anyone’s youth.
This is a powerful story of two young men who are homeless, it is a story of despair, strength, hope and survival. I think it portrays some of the struggles homeless people face daily. It is gritty and you feel like your standing in the Camp, the author has done a fantastic job of showing us the horrendous conditions that homeless people have to live in.
Now you might think that the book is depressing. But you would be so wrong. It is a story of hope, determination and strength each character has.
Tucker’s world has hit rock bottom. His mothers drug addiction has cost them their home. Worse still they have spent their last night at the homeless shelter after staying the maximum number of nights. Ian a worker at the center has given them a small tent to take to the local homeless encampment. Poor Tucker’s only priority is keeping his sister safe from the dangers of homelessness, and from their Mother.
Things go from bad to worse when Tuckers sister goes missing and he finds her walking with a homeless man just in time. This almost breaks his will to keep fighting.
Dancer has been homeless since his stepfather abused him at the age of 14 and his famous author mother did not want to believe Dancer was telling the truth. So he runaway. Forced to sell his body for sex, to feed and clothe himself. He has had to build walls around himself to cope with reality and to protect himself.
Then Tucker and his family pitch their tent opposite his shanty hut made from milk crates and tar-poling. Dancer feels a pull towards Tucker but won’t allow it to become more, he can’t let his heart get hurt.
Tucker is instantly attracted to Dancer, but just can not work the guy out. Circumstances push them together when Tucker’s tent is lost in a storm and Dancer offers Tucker and his sister shelter for the night. Which turns into two nights…. Dancer knows he shouldn’t be allowing Tucker into his world, but he can not deal with losing Tucker either.
The guys struggle to navigate their emotions and fears as they grow closer together. And for once Dancer feels like things are looking up and he has something to live for. And Tucker is finally thinking of himself for once and intends not to let Dancer get away.
I really felt like I was stood in the middle of the camp, I could almost smell the stale dirty air, feel the bitter winds and drenching rain of the storms.
You feel like you know Tucker and Dancer as though you are there with them, sharing their struggles. You want to hug them and help them work their way out of their current circumstances.
I think that this book gives us a glimpse of a world that we try not to think about as we sit in our cozy warm homes. It is so easy to turn a blind eye to the homeless people. Walk past them on the street.
But the story shows us that these people have the same needs and wants as we all do. It also shows that Many if not most homeless people are homeless from no fault of their own, and they are not all drug addicts.
Yes, it is a thought-provoking story but it is also a warm and loving story of hope for a better life. I believe it is my favorite read so for this year. And I have a feeling I will still be saying that at the end of the year. I will defiantly be adding Bryon to my one clicks top author list.
Bryan T. Clark is a Lambda Literary finalist and Rainbow Award winning author of gay romance, and contemporary books. He is also a funny, loving, family-oriented, and proud member of the LGBT community. Behind his computer, working on his next novel, Bryan writes romance with an emphasis on moral dilemma. His multicultural characters and riveting plots embody real life, filled with challenges, personal growth, and, of course, what we all desire—love.
In his work, he is known to push the boundaries with brilliantly crafted stories of friendship, love, complicated relationships, and challenges all woven into a hard-earned happily-ever-after.
When Bryan is not writing, he enjoys reading a great book, traveling, lying by a body of water soaking up the sun, and watching a good movie while snuggled up with his husband on the couch with their loyal companion Nettie, the Sheepadoodle.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Bryan has made his home and life in the Central Valley of California.