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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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #247,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flip flopped, criss crossed emotional read! 20 February 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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What if you met “the one” and instead of it being love at first sight…he ended up trying to kick your butt? What if your idea of the perfect date was cuddling up in a subway station ? Well sometimes, love comes knocking when and where you least expect it. Pierce wasn’t looking for love, he just wanted a warm place to rest his head and occasionally some food in his belly. Rafe just wanted to save up enough money so that he could take care of himself. But like I said, love has the oddest timing. What happens when two young men, cut off from their families and kicked out of their homes, collide? Literally. A thing of beauty, that’s what happens. And it all revolves around a special suitcase.
Pierce, what can I say about Pierce? At first, I liked him a lot more than I liked Rafe. He was gruff, rough around the edges but vulnerable. He was always thinking, always trying to get himself out of his situation. And then Rafe, who in the beginning seemed to be too weak, but the funny thing is, my opinion of him changed DRAMATICALLY half way through the book. I love them, together and by themselves. I felt Rafe’s pain over his relationship with his mother, just like I felt the warmth of Pierce’s protection over Rafe. Honestly, this story is so much more than a romance about /involving two men. This story speaks to every “oddball” who chose a path that differed from what their families envisioned, and who suffered the consequences of choosing that path. It speaks of how love can grow and bloom under the most difficult of circumstances; regardless of who you love. I identified with Pierce and his family’s over the top religious zealousness that caused them to lose their child. And it truly warmed my heart that his grandfather understood him and made sure that his future was secure long after he was gone. I am all sorts of in love with this story and it’s message. And I love Rafe, Pierce and their “family” of people in their lives. I will definitely read more from this author!
*I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic, but I wish it'd had more romance 17 March 2016
By Tracy Muth ~Bayou Book Junkie - Published on
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*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Pierce was thrown out of his home after he tells his parents he's gay. He is homeless and has been living on the streets of New York. Rafe, also homeless ran away from home. But Rafe is sick. He needs medical help, but you can't get that help when you are homeless. These young men have a run in, and later meet up again. Eventually they decide that maybe two can work better than one at trying to get off the streets.

This wasn't an easy story to read at times. It broke my heart. The author did a good job at pointing out some of the sad truths about homelessness. Not just in the LGBT Community, but homelessness in general. Once you're homeless, it's hard to get off the streets. You can't get a job or any kind of assistance, medical or otherwise if you don't have a permanent address. You're stuck in a catch twenty-two situation. You need the address for the job and assistance, and the job and assistance to get the address. It's a never ending, vicious cycle, that without the help of good and decent people, most probably never overcome. I thought this part of the story was well told and realistic. I loved that the author didn't make things easy for Rafe and Pierce. They had to fight tooth and nail for everything they got.

The author held me captivated and turning the pages. I couldn't put this book down. I really liked Pierce and Rafe as a couple, I just wish there had been more. I felt the ending was a bit rushed, and even though I loved the ending, I was left wanting to see more of them as a couple. I wanted to see more of how the story unfolded between the last chapter and the epilogue. I think another chapter or two would have made the book more satisfying. This book had angst, heartbreak, sweetness, hope, and most of all love.

All in all this was a really enjoyable story. I'm looking forward to seeing what's next in the series. Definitely recommended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Difficult Read 11 March 2016
By musiclover13 - Published on
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This book is not for the faint of heart! The subject matter is extremely heavy and so often I wondered if these two men would ever find happiness. Chris Ethan definitely portrays the hopelessness, danger and desolation of homelessness very realistically. Through it all, Pierce and Rafe were able to support and love each other through all of the grit, pain and sorrow of their situation.
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.