One, Two, Three Shatter

Joey James Hook
One, Two, Three Shatter
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Silver Publishing
Release Date
August 2012
Book 1 of The Xander Series
Erotic Romance, LGBTQ

Life was harsh and cruel to Kaleb Xander, and he was never given a moment's rest to breathe in the misery. Finding his way out in the real world from the cage of wrath and perverted lust, he found it to be a mere step up from what he was used to, abuse coming in different ways, through different avenues. One would think all it would take is one person to reach out their hand and save this lost soul -- but Kaleb is more complicated than that. It'll take a miracle, and he's banking on someone to be just that for him before he gives it all up.

CONTENT ADVISORY: This title contains scenes of rape or near rape.

Book Review by I ♥ Bookie Nookie (reviewer)
Nov 20, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
167 people found the following review helpful
ONE TWO THREE, SHATTER is a dark and poignant tale of an abused boy's life through adulthood. It's angsty, thought-provoking and gut-wrenching.

Kaleb Xander's life has been no fairy tale. Abandoned by his mother at the age of 4, he is left to endure the sadistic torture his father and older brother enjoy doling out. His life of pain includes severe beatings with belts, whips and chains, as well as sexual abuse (that is mostly fade to black) and mental abuse. Kaleb's life story is not for the faint of heart, but as a reader, the journey through darkness is definitely worth the discomfort experienced and certainly makes you appreciate living a life free of such extreme suffering.

As a victim of abuse, the lingering effects of a stolen childhood and loss of innocence constantly plagues Kaleb's adult life. Each loving relationship he is involved in is overshadowed with self-doubt – in fear of hurting and being hurt by the ones who are supposed to love him. In his battle to understand what love is, he successfully alienates himself from each lover he encounters, unable to comprehend what positive attributes he could possibly bring to the relationship. As an escape, he succumbs to darkness with a string of destructive behaviors, perhaps the most debilitating of all - his heroin addiction. As a reader, his pattern of self-destruction was, at times, difficult to read but certainly necessary to the story and rewarding in the end.

ONE TWO THREE, SHATTER is a dark, but wonderfully emotional story of perseverance. If you can push through the inhumane scenes in the first few chapters, then this is an awesome book, especially if you are looking for a great read outside the realm of fairy tale romance novels.
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