Title: Anthony (Survivor Stories #4)
Author Name & Publisher: J.P. Barnaby (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 27, 2016 – 200 pgs
Aaron Downing worshiped his mother. She saved his life. She did everything for him. But Anthony Downing has a different perspective. He sees the woman who tossed him into a basement for eight long years and forgot he existed. When Anthony decides he’s done being invisible, he packs up and heads for Detroit to stay with his Internet friend Jay, but fate intervenes.
Brendan Mears lost everything the day the man with a gun came into his father’s store. Now, he’s tethered to a business he can’t manage and a brother who resents him.
Different in all the ways that matter, Anthony and Brendan struggle to overcome their psychological obstacles, until a crushing betrayal sends them running for cover and each other.
I love JP Barnaby’s books and this one absolutely exceeded my expectations. In this story we are dealing with the youngest of the Downing children who is just a month away from being 18. Ms. Barnaby knows just what to write to be able to make you feel everything she is writing. This book is not as dark as the first 3 books but that clearly does not distract from the emotions that Anthony is going through. This was definitely another tear jerker but it was clearly worth it. Ms. Barnaby writes in a way that makes it an easy read but you will get so much from this book, so I highly recommend this. I defiantly think you need to read at least the first and third book first but as book 2 does not deal with the Downing family directly I think that one can be read as a standalone. I was glad to see that the Downing family was able to begin to heal their differences and I clearly see them eventually becoming a whole family again.
An award-winning, best-selling novelist of over a dozen books, J. P. Barnaby is a proud member of the GLBT community both online and in her small town on the outskirts of Chicago. A member of Mensa, she is often described as brilliant but troubled, sweet but introverted and talented but deviant. She spends her days writing software and her nights writing erotica which is, of course, far more interesting. The spare time that she carves out between her career and her novels is spent reading about the concept of love, which, like some of her characters, she has never quite figured out for herself.