Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: C. Kennedy
High school senior Michael Sattler leads a charmed life. Almost. He has great friends, parents who love him just the way he is, and he was a champion hurdler until someone took out his knee when they kidnapped his boyfriend. Yet, Michael is determined to make the USATF tryouts in spite of his injuries.
Christy Castle is Michael’s entire world. Healing from years of abuse, his abduction by a predator has left him hiding a new secret as he tries to start his life again. Together, Michael and Christy work to recover from their wounds in time to make prom and graduate high school. To complicate matters, Christy is astonished to learn a fellow victim from his native Greece has survived. Christy will stop at nothing to bring him to the US to keep him safe.
But the prosecution of Christy’s kidnapper looms large in their futures and the struggle to return to normal only worsens. Christy’s past continues to haunt them and, when the prosecution turns ugly and Christy’s new life is torn apart, only their unrelenting courage and determination can save them from the nightmare that threatens to destroy their future together.
Tharros is the second book in C. Kennedy’s Elpida series. This series centers on two young men, teenagers who attend high school together.
Michael is the all American high school jock. But he also differs from what we normally see in this form, as he cares about others, sometimes putting them ahead of himself. Christy is a Greek national who has come to the United States to overcome the horrors of his past. The two form a relationship that faces many obstacles. While the first book is very intense and can possibly trigger those who have faced abuse in the past, book two is less heavy, but no less intense. Readers should know that this is a series that must be read in order, so if you have not read the first book keep in mind that there will be spoilers.
Tharros picks up where the Omorphi has ended. The young men have already faced a lot of negativity and hatred and now just want to have fun at the prom and graduate from high school. Unfortunately, Christie’s past is still very much a focus of his life, as he still has to testify against those who abused him. The first steps to putting those guilty of the crimes committed against Christy away means Christy has to testify in court. What comes out in court devastates Christy and I found myself close to tears more than once. I want to say I was shocked by what happens next and that I could not believe the author would put Christy through that, but I cannot. Christy’s reactions, no matter how harmful, are true to form and to not have followed that path would have been a disservice to the story. Through all of Christy’s struggles Michael is right beside him.
Michael had thought his only worries would be getting to the USATF tryouts. Yet this young man stands by his man with the strength of someone three times his age. I am always surprised by Michael’s ability to handle what is thrown at him. That does not mean that Michael never worries about what he’s doing or falls apart when things become too heavy for him to deal with. I like that the author has given this young man a support system that stands behind him. The relationship that Michael has with Jake is tighter than that of brothers. It is easy to see that if things had been different Michael and Jake could have made a strong couple.
This story is over 300 pages long so of course more goes on than what little I have mentioned here. It is easy to go on and on about Tharros but with every point brought up, the possibility of giving too much away gets stronger. While I have read this series several times, it is not one that is for everyone. If you decide to read these books, be prepared to be pulled into a world that is well created and to fall in love with the Christy and Michael. I can’t wait to see when the third book will be out. And hope it will be sometime soon.
Reviewed by: Lydia
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