Wendy reviews Stay with me by Lily Adile Lamb. Published March 26, 2015, 105 pages.
This book is one of my favorites when I need a gentle story with some depth. I find that I re-read this often. That is why I chose it for Rainbow Re-Read.
It has been weeks since Curtis first saw the young waiter with the haunted eyes. No matter how often he went to the café to find the right opportunity to introduce himself, that moment simply did not come that quickly. Joseph was aware of the gentle giant who quietly came to have his lunch and then left day after day. Fearing his father’s wrath and under his ever watchful eyes, he made no moves nor overtures. Until one day when the other man approaches to him… Hope can turn to love…
Joseph is a timid young man who is being abused by his father. He is one of those characters you instantly want to hug and make every problem they have go away. His attraction to one of the regular customers in his father’s restaurant frightens yet excites him and he can’t help but return the shy smiles that Curtis gives or the heated looks. Joseph is afraid to act on those feelings though. He has been brought up in a culture that makes him feel obligated to his father and ashamed of his being gay. Once he and Curtis do decide to act on their feelings, they begin a discreet game of meeting secretly and stolen glances when Curtis makes his daily visit to the restaurant. Joseph has much to overcome once he leaves his father after being brutally beaten after his father discovers he has been seeing Curtis. I was constantly rooting for him as he has to learn how to live and how to love.
Curtis is such a gentle giant that you can’t help but love him instantly. He is so attracted to the young Joseph, but can see that there are huge obstacles to overcome and that he has to tread carefully if he has any chance in pursuing Joseph. He is a steadfast character and the perfect match for Joseph as he teaches him how to regain his independence and also slowly introduces him to the art of making love.
There was the social issue of abuse in this story and I thought that Lily Adile Lamb was tactful and kind in addressing it.
The characters are lovely and sweet yet both have a strong inner core.
The sex scenes were a slow build, but hot.
I found out that this was Lily Adile Lamb’s first book and I thought it was a beautiful story.
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