Length: 324 pages
In this story we delve in to the world of street gangs in Chicago. We are introduced to Evan a new gang member, who has been alone and sleeping on park benches etc until he joins a gang. Even has to keep his sexuality a secret from his gang mates, as being gay in a gang is unheard off.
Then we meet Jackson A gang member from a rival street gang, who shares the same secret as Evan.
What are they to do when they meet up at a cruising ground for anonymous sex? Well to begin with, nothing as neither of them have brought condoms. But there is a instant spark between them, a spark that neither of them can deny or resist.
They soon become regular hook ups, with neither of them knowing about their rival gangs. We follow the guys as they try and navigate their relationship around their commitments to their rival gangs. Some how they pretty much manage to keep their relationship on the downlow.
The author gives us a real and authentic glimpse into the gritty world of street life. She brings the broken characters to life and you are so engaged with them, wanting their relationship to work, wanting them to find a way out of the life they must live.
This novel is right up my street, I love the gritty world and the dangerous but tender and loyal characters, which makes such a contradiction of personality traits.