I'm glad the ending wasn't quite
like Romeo and Juli
There aren't many authors that can start a love story in the middle of a gang war.
I'm also impressed with how ZAM handled the Mormon angle. I wondered for a bit where things were going after it was revealed that Dylan was raised Mormon and rejected when he came out. She wrote it realistically. Well, as realistically as you can write a love story between one gang boss' kept man and a rival gang's young thug who meet during an abduction and near asassination.
What I appreciated was that she put the situation out there without holding back on how the church considers homosexuality, and yet she did not delve into Mormon-bashing. Very very well done.
“I love language, words, and all the lovely, exciting, and heart wrenching things you can do with them. Pick the right ones, put them in the right order, and you've created a moment in time where the reader forgets about the late car payment, the dirty dishes, the impending workweek. You have created a state of bliss. Or negligence, depending on your perspective ” -- Darynda Jones