Sam reviews ‘Diventando: The Vessel’ by J.C. Wallace. This book was published by Amber Quill Press, LLC on July 30th, 2014 and is 216 pages long.
This book was provided free of charge for an honest review by the author.
Why I read this book: The synopsis sounded interesting so I wanted to give it a try.
Owen McIntyre is no stranger to the Grim Reaper. Diagnosed with leukemia at the age of fifteen, he’s spent the last ten years slowly dying. With only two weeks until his next checkup, Owen’s body is already warning him that he is no longer in remission. Tired of the countless meds and chemo, not to mention the way his family coddles him, he decides to live and die on his own terms and forgo treatment. When he meets a lively college professor named Turk, conquering the man becomes part of Owen’s bucket list. But as Owen gets to know Turk, he starts to see him as more than a fling, a luxury that a dying man doesn’t have.
But what if, suddenly, everything Owen knew to be true turned out to be a web of lies and deceit—even his diagnosis of cancer?
Taken hostage, tied to a bed and subjected to painful experimentation, Owen’s nightmare of leukemia is a far cry from the horrors he will face. No longer able to trust anyone in his life, including Turk, Owen is alone and cut off from the world. He has to make the hard decision to trust those who have betrayed him, including Turk (for whom he deeply cares), or die a lonely death.
Soon, with time running out, Owen will not only fight to live, but fight to want to live again. But will that be enough to save him from the evil that lurks inside his body and mind?
Genres: Gay / Dark Fantasy / Paranormal
Owen is 25 years old and works in online video game development. He has been battling a rare form of leukemia off and on for the last 10 years. Owen has been cancer free for almost 2 years now but he can feel it coming back stronger than ever this time.
Two weeks before his checkup, Owen’s cousin drags him to a car show, where he introduces Owen to his friend Turk. Turk is a 31-year-old professor that is on sabbatical doing a research study.
Owen and Turk have an instant connection. They end up spending a portion of the next two days together before reality sets in. Not having any other choice Owen ends up rescheduling his appointment to the following day due to extreme pain.
This is when the story starts all the twists and turns. The test results show that Owen doesn’t have leukemia and never has. Without any explanation, he is taken against his will and forced to do experimental testing. During his captivity and the testing a man know as The Hunter walks in. The Hunter is also known as Daniel “Turk” Turek. Not only has Owen been deceived by his family for the last 10 years but also by the one man he felt he could come to love.
Owen has to decide if he can trust Turk and the ones he loves to help save himself from something even more horrific than cancer or to give up and die all alone.
The secondary characters added so much to the story. Some of them were cruel and deceitful but a few of them I just adored. My favorite is Wayne. He is Owen’s cousin but more like a brother. He has been with Owen through all the ups and downs and took care of him through of his so-called cancer. He is very protective, caring and has a way to make you laugh even when things are down. Michael is another character that is very intriguing. The author doesn’t give a whole lot of detail about him. But, the pieces that are included in the storyline you can’t help but feel for him.
It was such a joy to watch Owen and Turk grow throughout the story. Their devotion to each other is incredible. The sex scenes are hot and full of explicit detail.
Diventando: The Vessel is the first book written by JC Wallace I’ve had the pleasure of reading. The author’s writing style was easy to follow and included vivid details of each character and the events happening. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
9/10 pots of gold
JC Wallace started writing from a young age, but took a break for marriage, kids, and college (in that order). A couple of years ago, he rediscovered his passion and ventured out into the brave new world of publishing with his short, Waiting for Snow, and his first novel, Curiosity Killed Shaney. At night and on the weekends, JC writes about all things men, believing there is nothing hotter than two men finding and loving one another, whether for a night or forever. An avid reader of M/M romance, JC loves a good twist of a plot, HEA, HFN, or tragic ending. He also writes what his bestie calls HUNK (Happy Until the Next Kidnapping).
In his daytime hours, JC works with individuals with autism and behavior problems. He is owned by a beautiful partner, Speed Demon, three kids, two grandchildren, two dogs and one cat. He lives in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains in Northern NY.