Book Reviews

Elias by Erin E. Keller at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / May/December / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 05-February-2019

Book Blurb

Detective Thomas Doyle has been living a lonely, compartmentalized life ever since the death of his life partner, Aiden. He vowed never to let anybody get close to him again -- the pain of losing a loved one is too much to bear. Despite his vow, Thomas is lonely, and has a number of one-night stands, sexual encounters with unnamed men he doesn’t care to remember. Then he meets Elias.

Elias Byrne knows the pain of abuse and rejection intimately. Unable to escape the clutches of his older brother, Elias dreams of someone to love, and of being loved in return. He admires Thomas, but the detective never pays him any notice. In a desperate attempt to get closer to him, Elias steals his wallet, then gives it back the next day.

Pretty soon, Thomas feels a strong attraction to the fiery, arrogant, younger man. Elias intrigues him, but he resists his growing feelings because he doesn’t want to get hurt again.

When Thomas rescues Elias from his abusive brother, can he also rescue them both from the loneliness that threatens to consume them? Can Elias conquer the detective’s hardened heart and find the love he always longed for? Or will Thomas stubbornly refuse to give himself another chance at love?

First edition published by NineStar Press, July 2017.

Book Review

“The truth is, we’re all capable of terrible things. We all do damage. But we are all creatures of redemption, if we seek it. First, we have to give ourselves a second chance. No matter what mistake we’ve made or how many of them we have made, there are more of them to come. Each time we have to learn to forgive ourselves, and to teach ourselves an unwritten lesson.” ~ Shelly Phillips (Second Chances: The Greatest Gift You Can Give Yourself)

In a futile attempt to ease the relentless pain he feels from losing his partner, Aiden, Thomas, of ‘Elias’ by Erin L. Keller, binges on one-night stands; but, as in any other case, binging only works temporarily. Whether it is binge shopping or binge eating, it may feel good at the time, but later, the emptiness is greater than ever. Satisfying his physical needs is one thing; opening his heart again is a step Thomas is not willing to take.

Since Aiden died, Thomas has suffered from severe panic attacks that make him feel like he can’t breathe, his heart pounds, and it feels like he is going to die. Even though his therapist has given him coping techniques, the attacks come on so suddenly that they overwhelm him. It is during one of these attacks that he meets a mysterious young man named Elias. After distracting him from his panic attack, Elias gets in the car and asks for a ride. During their short trip, Elias tells Thomas that he’s been watching him at the local bar where Thomas picks up men. Elias wants Thomas to notice him and has decided that this is the best way to get his attention. When Elias gets out of the car, he leans over and kisses Thomas! Only later does Thomas realize that Elias has stolen his wallet. Thomas is furious and confused, but in Elias’s mind, it’s a great way to get to see Thomas again.
There are a multitude of reasons why being with Elias is wrong, the fifteen-year age gap for one, but the more Thomas sees Elias, the more he can’t get him out of his mind. Even when Thomas learns about Elias’s horrible present situation and sordid past, his feelings continue to grow for the young man whom life has dealt such a poor hand.  Elias does not trust himself, much less anyone else; no matter how much Thomas feels for him or tries to help, Elias’s perception that he is damaged goods keeps him from accepting how he feels and acting on it.

This May/December love story is unusual and dark, in places. Elias and Thomas may come from completely different worlds, but are able to see through the barriers between them into the glimmer of hope in each other’s hearts. Erin’s tale of love and forgiveness warmed my heart and reminded me that, if it is meant to be, through forgiveness, love will find a way. I was not ready to let Thomas and Elias go. I wish I could see what happens from here. Do they open a B&B? Does Elias go back to school?  What happens at the trial? I have so many unanswered questions! How about a sequel, Erin? Thanks so much for your insight and message of redemption, no matter what the circumstances are.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 36721 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 05-January-2019
Price $3.99 ebook
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