Low Country Lovers, #1
A compilation of Hurricane Dreams (ranked #1 in LGBT Literary Fiction, #1 in Bisexual Romance, #1 in LGBT 90-Minute Short Reads, and #2 in US Short Stories, all on Amazon’s free rankings) and Neon Saturday Night, Something Wild and Perfect tells the story of 19 year-old Audie Currell, the only son of one of the richest families in Charleston, who spent a childhood brutally abused for his sexuality. During his parents’ wine tasting, he runs off into the night with another teenager, Calhoun Chatterton, and the two begin dating in secret. But Audie’s abusive past stands in the way of an authentic relationship — as does both families’ homophobia. The two naive teenagers have to hide their romance throughout college while coping with Audie’s trauma.
But Audie’s history leaves feeling that he has little to offer a committed relationship, and stuck in an inescapable narrative: he hurts, and Calhoun saves him. He’s tired of always playing the drama queen, the traumatized boyfriend. He wants something real to give Calhoun — if only he can figure out what that is. And if only Calhoun will let him.
An insta-love romance filled with lyrical prose from Julia McBryant, author of I Wish I Were Special and Beautiful Boys, this expanded compilation of Hurricane Dreams and Neon Saturday Night is a coming-of-age, first-love story with plenty of hurt/comfort, high heat, and angst.
The Low Country Lovers series is a spin-off of the Southern Seduction series and takes place in the same universe; Low Country Lovers can be read on its own.
Hurricane Dreams: 5/5 stars, 5/5 flames by Gay Book Reviews
Neon Saturday Night: 4/5 stars, 5/5 flames by Gay Book Reviews