Toby by Fox Emerson
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Adult, LGBT, Dark, Contemporary
Toby is a high quality male prostitute living in Barcelona who is having trouble giving up drugs and the party lifestyle. When he meets Jakob, a handsome gay Danish guy, he's confronted by his feelings for him and attracted to his innocence. He can see himself giving up the drugs with Jakob around. Then Ariana comes into his life, a successful and beautiful woman from New York. She represents everything he wants to be and is drawn in by her beauty and her energy. He's torn between the man of his dreams and the woman of his dreams. The problem is, neither of them know he's a prostitute and a heavy drug user. Can Toby make the changes his life needs and fall in love with the right person?
3 out of 5 (good)
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Toby is a male escort, and a heavy drug user. He meets first Jakob, then Arianna. He cares deeply for them both. Things happen that cause Toby to question his very existence, and his life falls apart around his ears. Sometimes when I'm reading a book, I can see where its going, how it might play out. Sometimes not. The sign of a good book is keeping my interest up, keeping me engaged enough to want to know whether I'm right or wrong. Doesn't matter which way it pans out, either. In THIS book, for a long time, indeed right til the end, I could not see which way it was going to go. At points I really didn't care. I did, a couple of times, think about marking it DNF and moving on. BUT I DIDN'T. I think the main reason is Toby himself. I didn't like him, couldn't get into his mindset. Couldn't connect with him. We do get to hear from Toby the most, but Jakob has his say, as does Arianna, and another character (who's storyline did not do anything for this book!) However, I do love getting to hear from everyone, even the bad guys. It is well written and I did not spot a single spelling mistake. Solid over 18 read, with drug abuse by more than one character and talk of a rape( not described, just talked about) This is the first I've read of this author, that I can see. I will read other work, I just might not jump at the chance. Because of the multi point of view, and I DID finish it 3 stars
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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
Fox is a funny bastard when he's not writing gritty books about prostitution and the 'holy shit end of the world' dark stuff. Coming from an IT background and project management, Fox knows a a lot about technology and a lot of other completely useless stuff that would interest nobody ever. Fox used to write for a whole bunch of magazines and blogs and occasionally still does, though these days you'll find his blog and books are the main focus and he writes a lot of rambling crap about mostly interesting things. Yes - things. Every day he prays his editor will be kind to his words so in that aspect, he's a little bit religious. With an Australian accent and looking a little bit Italian, he gets by as he flits between London and Florence.
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