Title : Pudding Jones
Author : DC Juris
Publisher : Wilde City (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 58 pages (e-book)
Published : July 31, 2013
Rating : ★★★★1/2
Award-winning reporter Emmer Richfield is the kind of guy who covers wars, the kind of guy who asks the hard-hitting questions. He is not—and he’s certain about this—the kind of guy who does sappy human-interest stories about homeless people. But his newest assignment is not just any human-interest story, it’s a mandate from the mayor: convince the people of Dodson that Foxton Industries’ plan to build a mall—and oust the homeless population—is a bad idea by way of a feature on a homeless man named Pudding Jones. But Pudding quickly goes from just another story to a man who changes Emmer’s life. The question is, can Emmer return the favor before it’s too late?
You know how sometimes you read a book that breaks your heart but it’s so beautiful you can’t help but be happy you read it? That’s how I felt about this book. I felt a very strong emotional attachment to these characters. Yes, I cried a little but I also got swept up in just how special Pudding Jones was.
Emmer’s assignment to tell the story of a local homeless man takes an unexpected turn. He’s immediately fascinated by the man they call Pudding Jones. Pudding Jones seems to have two distinct personalities. One is funny and confident while the other is more dark and real. Emmer soon learns of Pudding Jones horrific past. Abuse at the hand of his father which I can’t even fathom has stolen bits of his sanity. Sometimes he just can’t keep the memories at bay. Emmer soon realizes his time spent with Pudding is more than just an assignment. He wants to know about the man because he cares. Touch the man because he’s beautiful. Help the man because he needs someone to. Pudding is content where he is and with how he lives his life. That is until he falls for Emmer. Then he struggles with the idea of living a normal life with a man who loves him and hiding on the streets.
I’m going to warn you of the sexual abuse in this story. I fully understand some people just can’t handle it. I’m generally one of those people who can’t seem to let that stuff go but in this instance it honestly sculpted who Pudding Jones the character was. It wasn’t just thrown in the book for dramatic effect. I thought the relationship the MCs developed was beautiful. The chemistry great. It’s not a long story but had such an intense impact on me. It’s truly amazing considering the word count. I’d recommend picking up this book. I’m so happy I finally got around to reading it.
Rated 4.5 stars by Whit