Hi Guys we have Liam Livings stopping by today with his release Escaping From Him, we have a short excerpt, we have a fantastic giveaway and we have Lisa’s review for you to check out. So enjoy the post and click that giveaway link. <3 ~Pixie~
Escaping From Him
Darryl’s on the run – from controlling boyfriend Chris, an air-conditioner called Dave (deceased), an intolerable, claustrophobic situation and a person he just can’t be any more. The trouble is, he doesn’t have a plan – or any money – and all he knows is he needs to get away from everything. That’s where a lucky lift to Glasgow comes in, which turns out to be just the beginning of a whole new life …
We arrived at The Birdcage cabaret bar. It had a large red door in the corner of a Victorian building which had probably at one point been a department store, or part of a hospital, such was its air of faded grandeur. At the top of the steps, a drag queen in blue sequinned evening dress, slit to the hip, and glass stilettos checked our names against a list on a clipboard she held. “Who’s the chicken?” she asked, before making clucking noises at Charlie.
“Never you mind, D. Sit anywhere, is it?” Charlie handed some money to the drag queen door whore, and led me down the stairs, through silver tinsel curtains into the club.
As we arrived, I tried to hand him some money for my ticket, but he wouldn’t have any of it. He kept pushing it back into my hand. In the end, I said it didn’t feel right and I didn’t want any treatment as if we were dating, ’cause we were most definitely not dating. And that I’d had enough of older men paying for me, so if he wouldn’t take my money, I would leave.
“Older man was it?” Charlie raised one eyebrow. “The ex? Older, was he?”
“Dunno what you’re on about.” I looked away and tried to occupy myself by searching for a good seat, not too near the stage.
Liam Livings lives where east London ends and becomes Essex. He shares his house with his boyfriend and cat. He enjoys baking, cooking, classic cars and socialising with friends. He escapes from real life with a guilty pleasure book, cries at a sad, funny and camp film – and he’s been known to watch an awful lot of Gilmore Girls in the name of writing ‘research’.
He has written since he was a teenager, started writing with the hope of publication in 2011. His writing focuses on friendships, British humour, romance with plenty of sparkle.
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Title: Escaping From Him
Author: Liam Livings
Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary
Length: Novel (188 Pages)
Publisher: Manifold Press (February 1, 2015)
Heart: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts
Blurb: Darryl’s on the run – from controlling boyfriend Chris, an air-conditioner called Dave (deceased), an intolerable, claustrophobic situation and a person he just can’t be any more. The trouble is, he doesn’t have a plan – or any money – and all he knows is he needs to get away from everything. That’s where a lucky lift to Glasgow comes in, which turns out to be just the beginning of a whole new life …
Review: I was not too sure what to think of this book at first. It is not something that I would probably read again though. It has way too much description for me to stick with. It was easy to begin, but did not keep my attention though. It was well written, with characters that can draw you out and have you wishing for the best with them. It was missing something that would make it a better story. I want a story that pops out, keeps my attention and leaves me panting for more and this book did not do that.
Darryl had been with Chris for sometimes, basically giving up his joy to the man. He gave up his dream and did what Chris wanted. Putting up with the man’s anger and attitude for too long, he had finally had it and left. Although on the way out, he wrecked Chris car and knew he had to get away from Chris for sure then. He gets to where he is going and meets people that become his friends and soon to be family.
Not a family like most people have, but a family he could call his own. Although they could be a strange group, he liked them. After a short time of deciding not to have tie ups, he did end up meeting Callum. Callum had come in for pictures and Darryl was really good at it. They start talking and things heat up.
I can’t even do this review like it should be done, because it seemed like just a long story with no actual story to it. Although that is not the case, but it just comes off that way to me. Other than the fact that he is a photographer and damn good at it, it seems to me like he is just floating there. I don’t know what it was about this story but it just did not satisfy me at all. I must admit when he beat up the air conditioner I did have a good laugh over that. The tone of the story is just dry to me though. I think basically it was just not my kind of story.