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Pray The Gay Away (A Southern Thing Book 1)

Pray The Gay Away (A Southern Thing Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sara York , Liz Bichmann
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Book 1 of A Southern Thing series.

Star football player, Jack Miller, had it all. The perfect family, looks, girls hanging on his every word, and the respect of most people in his town. But one thing was missing--a man to be his own.

When Andrew Collins showed up in small town, conservative Sweet, Georgia, he looked more scrawny mutt than high school senior. Andrew's plan was to keep his head down and graduate high school, leaving his family behind to start his real life.

When he meets Andrew, Jack thinks he's found heaven, but reality holds him in check until one night when his lips gently slide across Andrew's and fireworks go off.

As lust and something a little deeper brings them together, compelling them to take chances, people start to notice. Then the unthinkable happens, and Jack's parents find out he likes guys. The battle lines are drawn and they vow to pray the gay away.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1151 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1496133579
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J0JGM3G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I'm not a huge fan of this author, but I couldn't help but want to read this tale, based on the blurb, and though there's no full-on sex in it, it's a very good read, surprisingly well-written. I've found her other books rather messy, confused and confusing, but this had me hooked from the start due to some of the unacceptable, hard-to-believe events


Without wishing to spoil the tale, the blurb isn't accurate, as Jack's parents finding out about him is where the book ends, on a cliffhanger. One that was good enough for me to both be annoyed that this wasn't clearly indicated as a 'part 1' novel, and to go and nose at the author's website - only to find that this is book 1 of 3.

This is a tale featuring a budding loving relationship between two incredibly decent, loyal, likable young men and two lots of parents who don't deserve to be parents. There's bigotry, prejudice, brutality, and yet hope. We get to see the dangers of small towns dominated by close-minded, bigoted religion, spewed out by a self-important and blinkered pastor. One who's selective in his interpretation of the Bible and the message he spreads, and who is not above reproach; he's a hypocrite, a liar and a bully and he certainly doesn't know the true meaning of being a Christian. However, satisfyingly, there are also some decent role models and people who are prepared to go out of their way for others. It was both touching and horrifying, and it drew me in. Totally.

I was in two minds about reading the next book as it looks to be particularly harrowing, but when I nosed at the author's website, the cover image of book 3 was reassuring and heart-warming.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!! 17 April 2014
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I downloaded this book when it was released but knew it was the First of in a series so decided to wait till I had the next Two books!

OMG, I’m still totally and completely wowed by this book.
Jack and Andrew live in a small town called Sweet, in Georgia. Jack's father is the towns Minister, to say he is homophobic is a understatement. Andrews parent moved to the town in the hope of beating the gay out of their son after he was caught kissing a boy. The relationship between these young men builds very quickly and they have to hide their relationship from everyone.

This book is written beautifully, the story builds at a good pace and keeps your attention throughout. The authors writing style is very descriptive which gave me wonderful images, I could visualise this town, sub character as well as Jack and Andrew as if I was watching a movie in my own mind.

I was very surprised at just how accurate this author has described the way some young people still are treated by the community and parents due to sexuality!

Sara York has given readers two men that are beyond memorable. I am looking forward to starting the next the next book while at the same time knowing it is not going to be a easy read!
Highly Recommended!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely bok. A few niggles 3 Aug 2014
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***caution, given the nature of the book reviewed, this review tackles adult subjects***

I loved this book. I must admit that I generally never read popular fiction, least of all romantic, or erotic fiction (I would imagine that this book falls somewhere between the two genres). Nonetheless, I was offered this free and could never resist a bargain...

The book is touchingly characterised and very nicely written generally. One feels for the characters terribly, particularly for the little boy, Billy, the protagonist's brother, who is a classic "sissy-boy" likes girly things and wants to be a princess.

I recognise myself in some ways in the second character, Andrew...though I had far more caring parents, there was something of a desire for them to try to persuade me out of being gay, occasionally quite stridently.

Fortunately, in England, on the whole the situation facing young gay men has changed massively since I was 18. It is simply a tragedy that this is not the case in many parts of the United States. I think Ms York has tackled the subject of growing up gay in a deeply conservative, religious family quite bravely and sensitively.

As well, being from The UK, the nature of enforced heterosexuality of parts of the USA, the homecomings the proms, and so on, is something that fascinates and confuses me. The insight into this subject was also very interesting.

A couple of niggles. The equation of anal sex with "Real sex" as opposed to the apparent half-measure of fellatio left me feeling somewhat uncomfortable. It is certainly not the case that all gay men are into anal sex, either as the active or receptive partner. Nor has anyone I have encountered thought that they were being short-changed if they only got fellatio.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing 28 July 2014
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The most disturbing aspect of this story is that I suspect some aspects of the abusive bigotry it portrays is toned down. Small town southern USA with its obsession with high school sport and the church is a completely alien environment to me so at times I found I was reading the book almost as an anthropological study. It was fascinating but cushioned the horror a little. in fact I found some of the implications of the jungle that American high schools seem to be as appalling as the revolting treatment meted out to their children by some of the parents.
The protagonists are appealing. I found the accounts of Jack, still a child in many ways, trying to shoulder responsibility way beyond his years very touching. Especially his care for his young brother, Billy, who is surely headed for trouble. Jack's Henry V before Harfleur speech to his football team mates was both amusing and desperately sad. So much pressure to be 'men' and their nearest and dearest examples are weak worthless and loathsome bullies.
I didn't like the sex scenes between Jack and Andrew. There seemed to be too much detail for it to be covered by the readers' need to know what was going on, in fact enough to be erotica. To use the plight of the protagonists to tittilate the readers seemed inappropriate bearing in mind the poignancy of the subject matter.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
got the box set after reading this
Published 1 day ago by david bliss
4.0 out of 5 stars read in a oner
Certainly makes you wanna know more
Shows people and prejudice but the strong bond of relationship and love
Well balanced
Some repeating but not enough to spoil it
Published 1 day ago by Glyn Bowers
5.0 out of 5 stars Young gay love Vs religious bigotry
Jack is a gay high school student. He also happens to be the son of a pastor ,whose views smack of typical deep-south homophobic religious bigotry. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Juliet B Madison
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Ok I'm a bit late in the game as the book has been out for a while. But my god it was brilliant. Well worth the read. Have to go and start book 2.
Published 10 days ago by okee1
3.0 out of 5 stars I am finding it tedious not really My cup of tea
I am finding it tedious not really My cup of tea
Published 11 days ago by AnthonyJohnBowen
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting subject matter with terrible execution
Very disappointing. It could have been a really great book but it was not written well at all; the characters feel underdeveloped and there's so much repetition of dialogue it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read, a real page turner
Very engaging story, realistic characters, also felt like I was learning new things about America.
Great writer
Thanks I enjoyed the whole series
Published 2 months ago by j saint
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, emotional story
Wow. What an emotional and beautifully written story about such deep-rooted issues. This is a story of two young gay men, forced to feel shame and fear about who they are by their... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nicola Haken
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
This is a truly amazing emotional story. I don't normally read m/m stories. I'm not really sure why that is as I'm a pretty open minded person. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book is just as good as the previous ones in the series. Great characters and storyline. I loved the pace and the passion of the story.
Published 3 months ago by BDH
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