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Release Day Review: Liam for Hire, by A. Zukowski

 
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Book Info

Book Series
London Stories, Book 2
About the Author
I am a London-based British writer who grew up in the gay village and red light district of Manchester.

I was trained in screenwriting at the University of the Arts London; National Film & Television School and Script Factory, UK, followed by various misadventures as a film journalist, and writer and producer of short films.

My stories are based on personal and emotional experiences, and feature strong LGBTQ-identified characters.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/saszazukowski
Blog: http://azukowskiblog.wordpress.com
Tumblr: http://azukowski.tumblr.com
Publication Date
August 24, 2018
Available Formats
mobi, epub, paperback
Pages
280
Content Warning
From the author: This title contains material some may find objectionable or trigger-inducing: mature content, drug use, suicidal thoughts
Reviewer warnings: deals with a history of parental domestic violence, historic and current drug use, drug
ISBN
978 1 78645 244 3
ASIN
B07FDH1TBW
Liam Murphy has kicked his drug habit and now pays for the high living costs in London as an escort. His life is finally in balance. His only problem is that he obsesses about the minimum number of times he has to bend over to make ends meet. As long as he has his emotions under control, it’ll be fine. That’s what Liam keeps telling himself until he meets the young widower Alastair, also known as Ali, whose emerald eyes remind him of Ireland. 

“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?” 

Ali laughs. 

“And shit.” His face lights up and he looks about ten years younger. “Like cuddles.” 

Featuring Liam from The Boy Who Fell to Earth. 

Editor reviews

1 reviews

If you read it, you'll never forget it.
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 ** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE **
 
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 Liam for Hire is one of those touching, true-to-life books that tells a story and leaves an impact. Once you start reading about Liam's life, you'll never forget it.

 Pairings: MM
 Heat Level: ★★★★★
 POV: 1st person, present tense
 Would I read it again?: Definitely!
 Recommended for: fans of Vinyl Tiger, escorts, underdogs
 Genre: LGBT, Contemporary, Autobiographical, Escort, May/Dec, Coming Out

 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've only ever read a book like this once before and it had exactly the same effect on my that Liam for Hire has had – I'm speechless. And, as a girl who could talk for Scotland, that is saying something. But, I am. I feel raw. Like someone scooped up all the emotions inside of me, scrambled them about and left me feeling book-hungover, empty, raw, completely mixed up, and on the verge of tears. I don't even know if they're happy tears for that ending, or if they're sad tears for everything came before it, or if they're tears of exhaustion because I feel like I've been through the wringer. All I know is that I feel like I've had my faith in the world restored, smashed and then put back together again, a little cracked but mostly whole and ready to go out there and face the world.

 I could talk all day about the plot and the journey Liam goes on, how he faces his darkest fears, challenges his addictions, and goes through all the emotional and physical pain to come out the other side again. I could talk about the writing style and how 1st isn't usually my preference, but this one sucked me in and proved to be only one of two books that have ever chosen a 1st person autobiographical narrative that I've loved to pieces.

 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.

 I could even talk about the things that weren't perfect, like the Prologue being 1st person past tense and then moving in 1st person present for the rest of the story; that there were some instances of stilted language and breaks for thoughts/explanations to take place. But I don't hate to.

 This story speaks for itself. It doesn't need my review. My opinion doesn't matter. This is one of those books that will either speak to you or not. It will hit you where it hurts, or you won't feel a thing. It will rake a gaping hole in your heart and then fill it with love Liam and Ali, or it won't. You'll need to read it to decide.

 All I can tell you is that it touched me. It was beautiful. Liam was beautiful. Damaged, jaded, broken – whatever word you want to use, Liam was it. He was shaken up, tossed aside, and left with a self-worthy lower than the gutter. Then, one day, someone came along who showed him he was more than that. Someone took the time to care. To notice. To see him.

 I cried. I smiled. I fell in love. And I'd do it all over again, once I've gathered my shattered emotions together and I'm sure I'll survive the emotional shredding.

 If you read it, you'll never forget it. That is a promise.

 ~

 There are a few quotes that I wanted to pick out. Not necessarily because they were my favourite, but because they spoke to me, they said something about the story that I can't put into words, or because they point to a pivotal moment that I can't discuss without spoilers.

 “Sasha wasn't going to cry if I died.”

 “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.”
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