Book Reviews

precious_boy by K.Z. Snow at Dreamspinnner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Rent Boys/Escorts/Porn Stars / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 25-April-2018

Book Blurb

It was just an amateur porn video, like thousands of others on the Internet. Like hundreds Jonathan Wright had seen and hundreds more he'd ignored. He hadn't intended to watch it, but he gives in to his curiosity.  When he sees the lithe, blond young man who's doing naughty things with a bearish, older man, he's seduced… and feels like a pervert afterward. The youth in the video seems a little too young, despite the fact he runs his own escort service. Worse yet, Jon gets the nagging feeling he's seen "Justin Time," aka precious_boy, before.

When Jon takes a chance and meets Justin in a Chicago hotel room, Jon's past, present, and possibly his future begin to converge in alarming and confusing ways. There's no escaping the resulting dilemma: Jon must decide just how involved he wants to get with a sweet kid whose life has turned sour… a decision made more complex by a surprising connection to a lover from Jon's past.

Book Review

When I first saw the cover of K. Z. Snow's 'precious_boy', the artwork and title immediately grabbed my attention; I knew wanted to read the book. I was expecting to be entertained by a sexy story about a John who falls in love with a hooker and saves him from a life of depravity; but the message in 'precious_boy' runs much deeper than that. The story is told in first person by Jonathan Wright, the main character. Having Jon tell his own story enabled me to get into his psyche, exploring his thoughts, feelings and motivations. I ended up doubly emotionally invested in his struggle.

I fell in love with Jon immediately because of his good heart and his strong sense of right and wrong. His conscience leads him in directions he has never dreamed of, through all kinds of twists and turns that, at times, are amusing and at other times quite poignant, as Jon needs to look inside and learn to trust himself.
Ethan broke my heart. He is bright and beautiful but has chosen to lead his life in a dangerous and demeaning way, far below his potential. He settles for the instant gratification of money, believing that it's the only path for him to follow. What Ethan needs most is for someone to believe in him, someone that he can trust.
I intensely disliked Donald. He is conceited, controlling, and emotionally distant. HIs only positive contribution to the story is that his negative influence, on each man respectively, acted as a catalyst, encouraging Jon and Ethan to make the changes necessary to ensure their success as a couple.

'Precious_boy' is a story of courage, forgiveness, and trust. It's about believing in and loving yourself before being able to wholly believe in and love someone else. Jon said it best. “I think it's when love becomes more humbling than exhilarating that you know you've found the real thing.”





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 142 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 05-January-2011
Price $4.99 ebook
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