Title: Cruce de Caminos
Author: Heidi Belleau Violetta Vane
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Addiction drives Sean O’Hara to a critical crossroads. Will he make the right decision, or will the floodwaters bound for New Orleans sweep him away?
Street kid Sean O’Hara never had it easy, but New Orleans has driven him to his knees. His girlfriend’s broken up with him for a sugar daddy, a gun-toting pimp has robbed him of everything but the clothes on his back, and he’s down to his last two OxyContin. Sean’s no seasoned streetwalker, but he’s not above it either, not when he’s already itching for his next fix.
A familiar-seeming stranger named Ángel may be his ticket to some quick cash, but only if Sean’s willing to help him indulge a high-class john’s weird fetish for the night. As Ángel tells him, in this city and this business, you have to get a little weird to survive.
When night falls on the French Quarter, Sean realizes Ángel and the john want more from him than he was expecting to give. What once seemed merely strange soon crosses the line into supernatural and sinister. And Ángel, the man Sean had viewed as a partner and protector, might also be his otherworldly judge and executioner.
Not a very long read for the amount of turmoil the main character finds his self in, but it was done very well by these two authors. The main character is a drug addict street kid, Sean O’Hara who is doing all he can to keep his drug addicted girlfriend happy and with him. They beg, they turn tricks, they do what they have to for that next hit and out of nowhere this man Angel shows up one night as Sean is on the phone begging his girlfriend to return to him and promises her he’ll get her the drugs she needs, but while he’s begging on the phone he sees a ruckus going on causing him to get off the public phone to try to help the person that’s being assaulted only to find himself staring down the barrel of a gun. Wanting no trouble he backs up and tries to run off but when he goes to pick up his backpack he’s warned to leave it, therefore leaving everything he owns behind in order to stay alive.
He ends up meeting Angel in an alley, keeping him from getting in a van with two other men who would probably have killed him, and he goes home with Angel when the man offers him $500.00 if he would pretend they were brothers for a client who gets off on odd and kinky things. The thing is Sean isn’t gay, or he doesn’t think he is. I’m not sure it matters. He will do what it takes to get the money he needs to get his and his girlfriend’s next hit, but when he wakes up the next morning not remembering the night before he runs from Angel and his odd ways. As the story goes on, he finds himself in situations where he’s constantly running into Angel, even going as far as buying the drugs he desperately seeks.
This is a story that brings the truth of life that IS going on out on the streets in every city, in every country, with drug addicts and what they’ll do for that next high. Overall there is no happy to this story, it’s one that will make you think about those people who stand on the street corners begging for money, or the one’s you see sleeping in alley’s, and it’s a story that will make you ask yourself. Are they, is he, is she, addicted to something that keeps them from making their life better?
Reviewed By: Michele