Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Eden Elsworth - Sebastian's Journal

*Contains adult & sensitive themes
**Review by Stacey

A wealthy playboy living a hedonistic lifestyle, Sebastian Canning never wanted to settle down with any one man. 

From the moment he lays eyes on Nathan, a homeless young man with a secret past he has hidden from for years; Sebastian is captivated by the beautiful teenager. 

Having escaped his abusive home, Nathan lives on the streets, selling himself to survive. When he hits rock bottom, he turns to the only person who might be able to help him: Sebastian. 

As Sebastian devotes himself to Nathan’s recovery, he falls deeply in love with the damaged young man. But Sebastian’s domineering father is determined to separate his son from the man he loves.

Like sci-fi, another genre I don't tend to swing towards and have never actually picked up or looked at, is gay fiction - if I'm completely honest (which I always try & intend to be!) it had never really appealed to me. But when I heard about and read the blurbs of some stories from two authors I recently discovered (real-life partners in fact) I was actually quite intrigued to read them.

Sebastian's Journal by Eden Elsworth is the story of Sebastian (who leads a bit of a 'rich boy' hedonistic lifestyle) and Nathan (who is homeless and has been for a few years) and a chance meeting between them leading to an unlikely relationship.

Sebastian is a bit of a hard, tough cookie to crack, and by his own admittance has never really cared about anyone but himself, most of all in bed where he is only out to satisfy himself. Nathan on the other hand is so fragile & sensitive and really needs all the help he can get. Both personalities are due to their upbringing, and Nathan also due to his line of work on the streets.

After a run-in (literally) and then a parting, Sebastian & Nathan find each other again and Sebastian takes (even more so now) fragile Nathan under his wing. As usual I don't want to give too much away, but Sebastian starts to keep a journal of what has happened to Nathan to make him the way he is now and what is happening now due to this, and it is shown to Nathan's therapist as he doesn't talk much. I like the way this story is written as we don't really see too much of the journal entries in themselves, but we know what is going in there.

Through the course of the story we see Sebastian & Nathan's exteriors reverse - Sebastian turns sensitive, and Nathan turns into the tough one. I think both of the characters were like this deep down, but they just needed each other to bring it out.

I really enjoyed reading this; it was very well written and flowed nicely, and I didn't want to put it down as I constantly wanted to know what was going to happen next. Some parts of the story were extremely sensitive and had me gasping, but they weren't written in a particularly graphic way which would maybe have wanted someone to stop reading. The whole book definitely kept me hooked throughout. I'm so pleased with my first foray into gay fiction and I can't wait to read more from Eden and her partner.

You can keep in touch with Eden and news about her books on her websiteFacebook, or Twitter

Get your copy of Sebastian's Journal here (UK) or here (US).

I won a copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

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