The Strength Of a Man By, Sara Winters
Page Count: 47 pages
Warning: Sexual Abuse talked about
TBR Reviewer: Luta Wolf
Rating: 4 stars -Recommended Read.
Heat: 4 handcuffs -An Erotic Ride
A young promising athlete with his whole world ahead of him. It’s funny how when you look through a window the house looks so much shinier than if you step on the inside. The truth is Kurt Dennings is finding it hard to have something to live for and he is simple waiting for that one more straw to break the camel’s back. James Theard knows what it’s like to be gay and he knows what it’s like to have your family turn their backs on you but he doesn’t really know if he can help Kurt with the other things that he is dealing with, that will take him helping himself. Are they strong enough?
As a short story it was special, it brought emotions to the forefront. It was like a painting, it seemed effortless and yet it was thought provoking. The first part of this is actually a short story with a little more to it and then we go into the extended version. It is no less thought provoking, beautiful, and the characters are even more rounded with the additional meat. We do lose some of the poetic element to it though and there begins to be a bit of repetitious stand still with the plot of the story.
I really loved the characters and enjoyed the hurt and care for elements but James went from “in a relationship you show your emotions with sex” to “I can hold out forever”. I picked up that there was growth due to age and finding someone he loves however there isn’t really a show of that progression in the book. I loved that James wasn’t some magical cure for the issues that Kurt had, there was
therapy and time. The book was very real and raw. Some of the emotions we see in James are age related and totally fit a Collage student. While I didn't always agree with some of Kurt's emotions such as how he couldn't see that he was abused, I could totally see how a young and insecure man would lay blame unto himself. This book was a hell of a lot more accurate when it comes to physical abuse than what I’ve seen in a long time.
All together, The Strength of a Man was very well written, enjoyable story that once again brought the emotions forward and brought me to tears.
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