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Violence Begets... by [Denys, PT]
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After a tragic accident devastates his family, 16-year-old Rick St. James starts his junior year of high school without any friends in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah. When he meets Kevin Vincent, he's too distracted by the promise of new friends to see that Kevin has secrets of his own.

Having created an environment where he's feared and admired by his classmates, Kevin finds pleasure in using his good looks and violence to control and manipulate those around him. Secretly, he cruises the gay club scene, turning tricks to earn money so he can party and get high.

As Rick's dad becomes increasingly violent and abusive at home, the two form a surprising and volatile trust. In this battle of wills, their precarious friendship will either keep their lives from blowing up around them or possibly light the fuse that will cause the explosion.

Disclaimer: This book contains strong language, graphic violence depicting physical child abuse, and sexual situations. It can cause triggers.  It is not suitable for young audiences.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2306 KB
  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1625220588
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wilde Works; Indie Artist Press (25 December 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,581 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By BJ on 29 March 2016
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A great story, and I hope he writes more
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've got blisters on my fingers from clutching the ereader so hard 28 May 2015
By MoveMeIntoBooks - Published on
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I don't write reviews very much, primarily because I don't think I have anything truly compelling to say, but I know the authors appreciate it and well, when a book really does something to me like eviscerates me, then I have to try. If an author can bleed on the page as much as Denys did, then surely I can at least attempt to say something somewhat worthy. I distinctly remember almost crawling through the ereader through most of this book. It makes you fidget a lot - put the book down, go to the bathroom, sit and read, tug your hair, bite your nails, put the book down and take a brisk walk with the dog because you only think you can escape Rick and Kevin, but they are there walking with you, go back to the book and read and lift your head and say "No, that isn't..." and drop your head to read continuing to shake your head and yell out "No" periodically, startling your teenagers as they watch youtube. "Mom are you all right?" and you snarl because they have made you look up from this book, distracted you, "No, I am not all right, I am extremely concerned - do not interrupt me until I see this through PLEASE." There is so much that these characters have to endure, but their redemption with each other is beautiful. I commented on a post to the author that after reading this book, I had difficulty formulating a coherent thought. It really messed with the synapses in my brain and all those preconceived ideas of what I thought should and would happen. Yeah, I am not an author who can transport readers, whose reluctance grows with every page, to a conclusion that they didn't know they needed, but Denys is that kind of author. Really excellent book, but be prepared for survivor's guilt.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing 25 May 2016
By NN0S7M8 - Published on
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I purchased this book well over a year ago. December 25, 2014, to be exact. As I type this review I realize the release date was Christmas day 2013. Crazy! Anywho, Violence Begets had been sitting on my Kindle unread. Why? *shrugs* I like dark reads, I like gripping reads, but I have to be in the mood for them. I’ve been in the mood for dark reads lately, so I decided to give the old Kindle a whirl and look at some of my prior purchases. Violence Begets jumped out at me and screamed, “READ ME NNNNOOOOOWWWWW!”

I finished the book on May 18th. I’m just now getting around to writing a review. Why? Because I was gutted. Like stabbed in the heart, the knife was twisted, and I was left on the ground trying not to bleed out. PT Denys has written exactly one book. ONE BOOK and she has managed to make me feel things I haven’t felt with a book in a long while. People, people, people I was heavily in my feels once I finished this book. HEAVILY.

The reader already knows from the blurb this is going to be a rough read. I was only a quarter of a way into the story, and I had to take a break. Once you wrap your head around what’s going to happen to the characters, it makes it somewhat easier to forge ahead, keyword being somewhat.

Rick St. James and his family have moved from California to Utah after a tragic accident. Things haven’t been right, and there is tension in the St. James household. The reader is given clues as to what happened in California, and ultimately via flashbacks, there’s confirmation as to what occurred. Break out the Kleenex. It’s not pretty, and Rick still experiences nightmares because of it.

Kevin Vincent is a jerk, but he grows on you. He’s popular, but in that manipulative bad boy kind of way. The guys in his clique fear him and girls love him. Little do they know despite his sexual prowess, Kevin is gay. Closeted but very gay. I have to admit; I enjoyed the way his character was introduced. LOL, my kinda guy. A douchey hero you end up loving down the line despite and because of his outrageous behavior.

Kevin like the predator that he is picks up on Rick’s “newness.” He scopes him out and recruits him to join his clique. He sees weakness in Rick, but little does he know Rick isn’t as naive as Kevin makes him out to be. The guys sort of forge a friendship… lol if it can even be called that. This dear reader is where our story starts to gain traction. These fellas have more in common than they could’ve ever imagined, and when the realization dawns on them, Violence Begets quickly turns into a story of survival. Despite the rough subject matter, I drew out finishing this book. It was incredible. PT delivered a solid gut punch that made me love her one minute and hate her with a passion the next.

I was a teary-eyed messed. Sad, angry, hurt, engaged, betrayed but I loved her writing through it all. That’s what you call an excellent storyteller. *in my Ric Flair voice* WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! This book gets 5+ stars because it took me on an emotional journey that I thought I was ready for but clearly I wasn’t. There were mild grammatical errors that I didn’t deduct stars for because they didn’t take me out of the story. Nothing is perfect when it comes to publishing. Some things get overlooked, but it’s nothing that a reader would find excessive. I hated the ending, but I get why the series of events went as they did. PT had a game plan, and my feelings weren’t involved. Damn her. DAMN HER!

Read this book people. Do it. Well, unless of course you can’t handle dark reads. Be forewarned, abuse is present, drug use is present, and both may be triggers for some readers.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Easy, But So Worth It 16 November 2014
By JustJen - Published on
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Wow. I’m not even sure where to start on this one. I’ve had it on my TBR for a really long time, and although I’ve really wanted to read it, in fact, had many friends tell me I needed to read it, something kept keeping me from doing so. Maybe it is the YA aspect which I normally steer clear from. Another nudge and other circumstances making it possible, I dove in, and it didn’t take long for me to be glad I did.

This is an extremely intense, very violent and emotional story. From the tags, you’re probably thinking, why on earth would I want to read something that sounds so dark and depressing? Well, if you like reading about damaged characters and watching them endure and overcome, this one has it all.

First, we have Rick. He is devastated by the death of his brother (for which he blames himself), as well as the loss of his mom at his birth (for which he blames himself). If that isn’t bad enough, his father blames and has blamed him for these things as well. So, setting the current tragedy aside, Rick has been feeling no love from his dad for a very long time. Things don’t escalate though until a few years after his brother’s death. And when they do, they go bad pretty quick.

In the meantime, he is now in a new school, having to make new friends, etc., seemingly alone in the world. But then there is Kevin, who befriends him. Kevin is a whole nother story. On the outside, he is a bully. He manipulates all those around him to serve his own purposes. He keeps his small clan in line by providing drugs, parties, etc. and by pushing them around. He controls every situation from minute details to long term projects. Rick has become one of his long-term projects. He first sees Rick as an easy target to manipulate and bring into his small group of followers.

But, there is much more to Kevin than meets the eye, or that he lets others see. He hides a lot of things from everyone. His father makes Rick’s look like Mr. Rogers. Being in control of everything has enabled Kevin to mentally and physically deal with everything his father dishes out. But circumstances bring Rick and Kevin together in ways Kevin never saw coming. Ways that make him change his plans for Rick more than once. As bad as it all seems, you can easily see it is all about self-preservation for Kevin. Much like Rick, he has not had anyone who actually cared about him for a very long time.

There is a whole side issue going on with these two in that Rick not only doesn’t believe he can possibly be gay, but he is actually repulsed by the idea. Again, circumstances throw these two together. Physical feelings take over, emotional feelings cannot help but grow, no matter how much either one fights against them.

It is amazing how people only see what they want to see. How easy it can be to fall into the same roles of those from whom you are trying to escape. Many times things were very close, but these guys pulled each other through.

“Violence only begets violence when we allow it to. We always have a choice.“

There is really so much to this story that goes deeper, but suffice to say, I was riveted to every word. I was turning page after page, waiting for the shoe to drop, but not being able to slow or put it down. The dialog, the imagery, and overall intense emotional feel throughout were simply magnificent. I absolutely love a story that can make me feel, and this one certainly delivered.

I will warn that these guys do not ride off into the sunset singing Kumbayah. But, I was left feeling oddly satisfied and at peace with the way things turned out. I realize I’m a little late to this party, but is this really P.T. Denys’ only book? Why aren’t there more? There needs to be more if this is any indication, and I really hope to see some in the future.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Left me feeling pretty damned devastated... 22 December 2014
By Daniel Mitton - Published on
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Not even sure where to start on this review. This book was very powerful and well written. The subject matter was hard to read at some points, but I really liked the book. For some reason I’ve been taking up books to review that are further and further from the HEA bubblegum gay romance that so heavily dominates this genre. This book is definitely not part of the bubblegum crowd. It contains severe physical abuse of teenage boys by their fathers. It ends with a Real Life Ever-After, not a Happily Ever-After. You should not read the book if the subject matter might offend you. It is definitely not for younger readers.

When the book begins, Rick St. James has just moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, with his father, step-mother and young sister. As the book goes on we get a view into Rick’s life. Two years before, when he was fourteen, his brother taught him to drive. Then one night his brother, Jason, called him for a ride home from a party because he was so wasted. On the way home they get in a bad accident and Jason is killed. Rick’s dad blames Rick, and has never loved him anyway because his wife died giving birth to Rick. Rick’s stepmother has never liked him and didn’t like the brother that was killed either. His little sister dotes on him.

Walking to school one morning, Rick runs into Kevin and his “gang”. OK, gang is probably not the correct term, it is a group of teenage boys dominated by Kevin. Kevin seems like a total jerk. He swears at people, intimidates them, smokes, drinks, does drugs and is all around not that nice. But when he throws on the charm, he can get anyone. Kevin pulls Rick into his group, but is there are ulterior motive?

As the story progresses, so does Rick’s father’s rage about Jason’s death. When he finds the guitar that Jason gave Rick, he loses all control and beats Rick quite heavily. That beating is far from the last. Rick’s dad is good at hiding it, and Rick doesn’t dare to share it with anyone. Who would believe him anyway?

Kevin’s home life is not any better than Rick’s, in fact it turns out to be much worth once Rick gets him to talk about it. It is just him and his sociopath Dad. His life in many ways makes Rick’s look good.

This book is the story of the two teens over the period of their Junior and Senior years of high school. It is a story of their coming to depend on each other, learning each other’s secrets and trying to get beyond their horrible and brutal family lives. The way the book is written it really makes you question yourself as well. Do you know the signs of domestic physical abuse? Don’t be like the neighbors in this book who “never noticed”.

I couldn’t put this book down while I was reading today. I had to finish it. I will say that the book left me feeling pretty damned devastated when I finished it. It takes a true author to be able to affect reader’s deep seated emotions. P.T. Denys does that in droves in this book. I truly do recommend the book. I really liked it, even though it messed with my emotional state in a big way. I’m rating it 5 stars, even though it left me devastated, because the writing, the story line and the character development all rated that score. You should read his book if you can handle dark stories, with twisted psyches, brutality and abuse. It isn’t a comfortable read, but it is one that will stay with me for a long time. I’m very glad I read it…you will be too.

RATING: 5 Stars (Originally Reviewed for Love Bytes Same Sex Romance Reviews)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BROKE ME! 12 August 2014
By Amy - Published on
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This story just broke me and I am left feeling shattered and in the need for some hearts and flowers! I could not put Violence Begets down though I felt like throwing my kindle across the room many many many times! I have read many dark books but the way this author tells the stories of these boys is heart breaking and brutal. There is love and there is hate… no grey and you don't have to read in between the lines - the hurtful truths are in black and white with no cute butterflies to warm up the edges. Be ready for this book and if you are like me, have a sweet love story on your kindle to bring you heart back to neutral!

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