Love…but darker

 

On this page you can find info and trigger warnings for stories that fall under the Love…but darker category.


Although all the books I write are intended for an adult audience, I feel some themes and events in these particular stories require a heads up if you are of a sensitive persuasion. I make no apologies for writing this stuff, or conversely for offering these warnings. It is what it is.

The warnings can be found under the title and blurb. The General warnings are vague enough that you can get the idea without giving too much away. They’re more detailed than the hints you get from the blurb but with no plot spoilers.

The Specifics/Spoilers are just that. If you are concerned about anything you read in the blurb or general warnings, you can highlight an area of white text between two arrows to get more specific descriptions. But to be clear, these will include plot points that constitute spoilers which may ruin your enjoyment of the story, i.e. plot twists, etc..

 



Blurb

Ex-soldier Ryan Jones likes precisely two things—his kitchen and the music his father taught him to love.
After spending too many years running from his past, he’s found something like peace. Working all day as a short-order cook in a dying town, then drinking himself to sleep at night isn’t much of a life but he thinks it’s all he needs, until the day he notices the kid.
Lucas is quiet, barely twenty, sporting a shy smile beneath his frightened eyes, and bruises that Ryan can relate to all too well. Torn between wanting to help Lucas and simply wanting him, Ryan’s resolve to keep the kid at arm’s length slowly wears away.
Until Lucas disappears.
Ryan’s not the sort of man to be anyone’s white knight. But as it turns out, what Ryan is capable of, is exactly what Lucas needs.

Warnings

General – age difference (19-20/35), some graphic violence, descriptions of injuries, power imbalance, mentions of death of a parent, descriptions of physical assault of a child (not sexual)

Specific/SpoilersHighlight between the arrows to read text –> Lucas is beaten severely enough to be hospitalized, Ryan recalls his step father’s abuse including trying to drown him, Ryan kills two men, Ryan’s motivations for marrying Lucas are ambiguous.<–

 



Blurb

It’s a classic tale.
Boy meets girl.
Boy meets girl’s brother.
All hell breaks loose.

Alec Clark is trying to start a new life and not complicate it with a past he isn’t ready to share with potential girlfriend, Allie. But when she introduces him to her troubled brother, Jack, things get complicated fast and the men end up with a secret of their own.
But there’s another secret—one that will not only break their lives apart emotionally but could have bloody, fatal consequences.
If Alec can pick his way through the minefield of lies and half-truths, he and Jack might somehow find a chance at happiness—and a life that neither of them could ever have imagined living.

Warnings

General – addiction recovery, serious mental health issues, troubling family dynamics, descriptions of bloody injuries/gore, questionable fidelity, mentions of death of family members, descriptions of unhappy childhood.

Specifics/Spoilers Highlight between the arrows to read text –> Alec is recovering from a substance abuse problem, Jack is an alcoholic who relapses. Alec and Jack have sex before Alec has formally broken up with Allie (Alec and Allie have never slept together) and lie to her about…well, everything actually. The aftermath of an attempted suicide is described. There is some question as to whether or not Alec and Jack are half-brothers, and they decided to continue a sexual relationship whilst believing they are related.<–