I am addicted to the Conquest series. Like a good little addict I devoured this little morsel in no time. It was heaven to read more about Shunichi and Brandon's relationship. Having Jesse and Evan make a cameo appearance, that was just freaking cream cheese frosting on top. Yum!
Dillon's story is angsty and incredibly timely given all the horrible teen suicides in the recent past. His despair is tangible and believable. Luckily he has one awesome best friend and some well connected new friends. With Brandon, Shunichi, Jesse and Evan around, how could the story have anything but a happy, uplifting ending? I am glad the author tackled this subject and extremely proud that both the author and editor donated their royalties to The Trevor Project. This story is a win-win. Run out and buy it now. You'll get a fabulous story and The Trevor Project will get a much needed donation.
Blurb: "Bullied and harassed at school for his sexuality, Dillon Davis can’t see his life getting any better, but he can see it getting worse. Depressed, wounded in spirit and body, he’s nearing a point of hopelessness, until he sees a picture of his favorite stage actor, Brandon Alexander, with his partner, Shunichi Miyamoto. At learning Shunichi runs a karate dojo, a spark of hope comes to Dillon of learning to defend himself, and most of all, meeting Brandon.
Brandon Alexander is filled with compassion for Dillon the moment he meets him. He knows all too well what it’s like to be scorned for being gay. He and Shunichi want nothing more than to help him, but when Dillon never returns to the dojo, they fear what’s happened to him."
Finding A Dream at MLR Press