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The Guy With The Suitcase (Once Upon A Guy Book 1) by [Ethan, Chris]
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Pierce is homeless.
Young and strong-willed Pierce has been living in the streets of New York City for six months, since his parents kicked him out of their perfect, Christian, suburban house. Pierce is gay. And he is suffering the consequences for being true to himself.

Rafe is homeless.
He is also sick. Impressionable, but far from innocent, Rafe ran away from home almost a year ago. His sickness is slowly killing him. But Rafe is not a hopeless case. He has learned to get by. Nights of paid passion turn to sheltering warmth from the imminent New York winter.

And then there's a suitcase. Pierce's suitcase, which holds secrets from everyone including its owner.

When their worlds collide, their lives intertwine and when the world seems bent on bringing the two souls to their knees, fate has other plans for them.

Caution: Contains adult language, New York City streets, tough life choices, sexual tension, stubborn brutes and swoon-worthy romance.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6204 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dream Trek Imprint (14 February 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B018RE9K7E
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is always a sign of good writing. We are rooting for these guys from ... 31 May 2016
By Anastasia Bartzoulianou - Published on
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Pierce (The Brute) is a 20 year old guy with a suitcase. In there, is everything he owns. Rafe (The thief) is a 17 year old in dire need of some money. He has to pay for his own -expensive- medication. The circumstances under which these two characters meet are less than ideal; and this is an understatement. They are both homeless, both gay, both cast out of heir families for who they are.

Ethan's major writing advantage is that he builds characters people care about. This is always a sign of good writing. We are rooting for these guys from the get-go and every obstacle they face only makes us crave their happiness more. Their struggle to get off the streets and build a decent life for themselves is as admirable and heart-warming, as it is desperate. It kept me on the edge of my seat, for sure.

The true strength of the novel, however, lies in the humanity of the story. The unlikely story of two homeless gay guys who meet in the streets of New York and fall in love. Ethan deals with the difficult subject of homelessness in an honest, heartfelt way. The more you dig in their story, the more the two characters seem real and believable.

Romance-wise, the story builds slowly. But it's appropriate, given the circumstances. When it's the time for a well-deserved happy ending, the writer pulls it of in a genious way. However, the way the curtain falls, seems to me, that it should be a bit less on the Hollywood-happy-ending side. No spoilers: but the overabundance of resources - a direct contrast, which is miles away from the point these characters both started, is a bit too much. It would be better, I think, if Pierce and Rafe found their vocation and the story stopped there. Giving them an almost instant success is not very realistic.

The steamy male-to-male sex scenes are very earthy and, honestly, quite cute. There is no graphic sex for the sake of it. Just two young gyus falling in love, doing what guys do! If anyone has a problem with that, you've been warned! Just don't pick up a male-to-male romance if this is not up your alley. I sincerely think the novel deals with the subject in a way that anyone, who is ok with the LGBTQI community in general, can enjoy the reading.

Ethan's story is a self-published effort, so, you should expect a few weak spots here and there, but nothing a good editor wouldn't be able to fix. As I was finishing the story, I kept thinking that it's a real pitty Chris Ethan is not a full-time writer. Considering that he wrote this story and published it himself, the result is truly amazing. I hope Ethan will soon be able to quit his morning job! I can only imagine what wonders he will do by focusing entirely on his writing.
4.0 out of 5 stars a touching, at times heartbreaking, but ultimately uplifting story 19 May 2016
By Marleen - Published on
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This book is not for the faint of heart. Pierce and Rafe are put through far more than their fair share of s*** before they get to their happy ending. In fact, so many obstacles are thrown in their way it is a minor miracle they survive it all, never mind find their way to happiness.

When these two young men first encounter each other it is anything but a good start. I think it is safe to say that after that first ‘meeting’ it’s a minor miracle they end up as friends at all. That first meeting is also a good indicator of what the first few months they spend together will be like; tough, hostile and often hopeless with initially far more downs than ups. But neither man is willing to just give up. While the hopelessness of their situation as homeless youths threatens to bring them down more than once, they persevere. Especially Pierce refuses to let the system win.

As the reader you are aware, almost from the start, that these two guys are not only attracted to each other but also meant to be together. Pierce and Rafe take longer to come to that realisation though; mostly because the two of them are just not
point of skimming over passages just to get to the part where they do talk again. Not so in this book. For these two men it made sense not to talk to each other about their feelings considering how it was being honest with their families which landed them on the streets in the first place.

I loved the message I found in this story; perseverance pays. It may take a while but continuing to fight does lead to results for Pierce and Rafe. I liked these two young men together, fighting the system and beating it. And I loved that amid all the ugliness, cruelty and indifference they encounter, they also met good souls, friends and charity.

The ending was somewhat fairytale-like and I’m not sure the story needed it, since these characters were always going to make it. But, I’d come to care about Rafe and Pierce enough to not begrudge them their miracle.

Overall this was a touching, at times heartbreaking, but ultimately uplifting story. It portrayed human kindness and perseverance with as much care for detail as it did the horrors of living on the street, getting the balance exactly right for this reader. I’m looking forward to seeing what this author will offer us next.
4.0 out of 5 stars Story about love and opportunities and living a life on the streets 27 February 2016
By Truus - Published on
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Pierce and Rafe two homeless guys.
Living on the streets of New York City is hard, almost not livable. There are a few ways to survive......
Their first encounter is not the best one. One stealing the others possession.
The journey they go through is hard, painful. It put knots in my stomach and sometimes I really wanted to cry.

Pierce is strong with a big heart. Rafe is a small delicate guy and ill.
They are both lovable and are very endearing personalities.
Both have their own reasons living on the streets. And both have their own way to generate money.
They are drawn to each other. Pierce want to take care of Rafe.
Somehow Pierce finds a solution to hold Rafe from the street. Finding a part time job at a restaurant with a good owner is a opportunity to eat everyday. After losing it again he puts Rafe above himself, he wants to disappear.
Now and then a little light at the horizon and then there is darkness again.

The streets are violent and Pierce almost lost his life and his precious suitcase to some robbers.
The suitcase plays a big part in Pierce's life and holds a big secret.

A heartbreaking story, it did make me nauseous, my heart squeezed but overall it was a story about finding love and opportunities in life.
And last but not least it has a HEA (thank you lord ;-)

A comment: Sometimes the flow was gone and I mist some connection. It did get better further in the book, the story become more solid. The story ask your concentration. Things were happening without knowing the cause yet.

In my country everyone can depend on healthcare (again thank you lord !)
5.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't love happy endings? 12 June 2016
By M. Ernst - Published on
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This is the second book in this genre I read, and I am happy not to be disappointed. I hate writing reviews that reveal the plot - and since there are already several here, you will not need it from me. What you need to know: the book has a shocking beginning, and it is definitely not for prudes. The language is straightforward, direct, and very graphic. Rafe's story is very touching, and I like his character more than Pierce's - perhaps not what the author had in mind... Nevertheless, Pierce is the hero-savior type, the lone-wolf, and you want the two to get together, as much as you want Rafe to quit his job in favor of a life with Pierce - although it is also hard to understand why a person with HIV chooses sex for money knowing that he could pass his illness to his customers. Well... you'll have to read the book for the answers.. And yes, they get married.
4.0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming story of survival and more. 24 February 2016
By Janice Birnie - Published on
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Chris Ethan certainly nows how to make you fall in love with his characters. From the very first page I was drawn into the underbelly of NY and the life of its homeless people. Following Pierce and Rafe as they struggle to survive in appalling conditions is an eye opener. We think we know what homelessness means. What and who these people are. We really don't. Unless you've worked in a shelter or soup kitchen. Unless you've been involved in helping these people in some way then you can't even imagine all the ways society makes it next to impossible for them to pull themselves off the street. The Guy With The Suitcase is worth reading just to educate yourself. The fact that it will break your heart and then make you cheer on these amazing young men is an added bonus. A great, heartwarming read. 4.5 stars.