- Liam for Hire by A. Zukowski Release Day Review
Liam for Hire by A. Zukowski Release Day Review
Reviewer warnings: deals with a history of parental domestic violence, historic and current drug use, drug
“I...I want us to have sex as though we’re making love.”
Making love? Jaysus.
I scratch my head. “Okay. You mean more kisses and shit?”
“And shit.” His face lights up and he looks about ten years younger. “Like cuddles.”
Featuring Liam from The Boy Who Fell to Earth.
Now, let's get down to the nitty gritty:
I loved this! It is a touching, realistic portrayal of a young man's struggle through life. First off, let me say that I haven't read the connected story,The Boy Who Fell to Earth (Sasha's story) but I'd be interested to read it, if it's anywhere near as touching as this one. Plus, Sasha was an intriguing character in this book and I'd love to get to know him better.
I could talk about how it covered the serious issues of drug addiction, the reality of recovery and relapse, the life of an escort, and mental health, without ever making them shiny happy things that were instantly solved by finding 'the one', but real life issues that continued to have an effect and were real all the way past that happily ever after.
I could mention that Liam stole my heart; that Ali was an utter darling; that I adored Sasha and Chris and how they stood by Liam regardless of what he thought of himself. I could talk about how the journey from homeless junkie to college boy was profound and beautiful and real.
“My heart was broken and the pieces were scattered in Ireland and on the streets of London.”
“There's one thing I know about addiction. No one but no one is responsible except the person who decides to take drugs.”
“I can't see any escape.”
“I stare at my hands and remember my dad's and how I trusted them when I was a kid until I learned that they could turn into fists. And words could hurt even more than the bruises.”