GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 49,428 words
Thom Baron has been struggling with social anxiety his entire life. He's taken the medications, gone to the therapists, followed the programs, and concluded his best life is a solitary one. When he comes across a dog in obvious need at his local market, it rekindles the desire to have some company around. It may come with a dishevelled coat, a notched ear, and a refusal to respond to anything but its given name "Ugly," but it could still be a friend.However, Thom's new fur buddy has no such need to keep to itself and immediately befriends the man Thom has secretly coveted since he moved in -- Justin, Thom's gorgeous, bright-eyed neighbour. No matter how Thom tries to evade the man, the dog keeps drawing them back into each other's lives, and it doesn't take Thom long to recognize it's simply pursuing the demands of Thom's own heart. With the dog giving him the courage to try, Thom reaches out to return the love being offered.Until a stranger shows up insisting the dog is his and demanding its immediate return ... a loss Thom knows will take all of his efforts and newfound confidence with it.EXCERPT:Note: may contain sexually explicit scenes of a homoerotic nature.
This novel was a very important one to me. I am not suffering from anxiety nor do I know anyone who does. Or so I thought. So reading this novel was not only very insightful it also taught me a lot about something so many people have to deal with.
A.F. Henley’s main characters, Thom and Justin, are absolutely lovely and likeable. And the story would not be the same without Dog. That furry little angel sneaked his way into Thom’s heart in a very touching scene. Despite what Thom is thinking of himself and is even convinced of what his anxiety made of him: the message here is that people having anxiety issues does not make them antisocial. One can easily see that the way Thom cares about Dog and how much his feelings for Dog grow over the time.
The other new guy in Thom’s life is his recently moved in neighbour Justin. Absolutely sweet in character and gorgeous looking. It is sad how he spiked Thom’s anxiety. Justin is honestly interested in Thom and does his best to not put pres