Title: The Brokenhearted Necklace: Brokenhearted Boy (Bk 1)
Author Name: A.M. Snead
Publication Date & Length: October 18, 2014 – 107pgs
Haunted by a disturbing memory of brutal intolerance, Lonny struggles to deal with being the only gay kid in his school as he suffers daily from the ridicule and taunts of Quarterback Jack Flemming and his group. Condemned even by his own father, Lonny feels alone and cut off, his only solace in the brokenhearted necklace he wears that carries with it the reminder that things could be so much worse. Wanting only to be invisible, and hiding his heart, Lonny is suddenly drawn out of hiding by Paul – the gorgeous new kid at school – who insists that Lonny is the boy of his dreams, the answer to his prayers.
Book 1 in the Brokenhearted Boy Series
“The Brokenhearted Necklace” pulled me in right away. I could feel Lonny’s misery as he has to deal with the bullies by himself at school and his father who cannot deal with having a gay son.
I wanted Lonny’s mother to be more firm with the father that their son was not going away to become straight, like the father wanted. The fact that the father does not live with them is not fully explained, so she may be afraid to pursue the issue due to being afraid of him. She could have been Lonny’s biggest advocate had she been more determined.
The character of Paul is fearless. I was cheering Paul on when he challenged the bullies in their own games and seeing that he wasn’t afraid of them like Lonny was.
The only thing I did not like about this was the abrupt ending. You are left to draw your own conclusions. I think the way the ending is set up, the only conclusion you can draw is a negative one, but that is my own opinion.
A.M. Snead was born and raised on the Pacific West Coast, and continues to live in scenic rural Coos County. Having started writing seriously just two years ago, she began with suspense/thrillers and erotic romance, but soon discovered her true passion in M/M romance and passing on the message that ‘all love is beautiful’ and should be cherished and respected and accepted. Being raised in a conservative Christian home, she grew up with the belief that being gay was a sin. But upon reflection of the bible and what she knew of God, she couldn’t help but believe that this was a grave misinterpretation of scripture and God’s view of the matter. Above all, she hopes to weave the message of God’s love for ‘all’ throughout her novels and help others understand the anguish and torment that gays often suffer simply because of who they love. “No one,” she says, “has the right to tell another human being who to love, or that the love they feel is wrong. That is a very intimate, personal matter between that person, the one they love, and God. It is no one else’s place to persecute them for following their heart.”