Title: Take A Chance
Series: Second Chance Series #1
Author: Megs Pritchard
Genre: M/M Romance
Kicked out at fifteen for being gay, Tom survived by selling his body on the streets. Four years later, Tom, now nineteen, doesn’t know how long he can continue living this life.
One night while out working, Tom sees a face from his past, one he had long forgotten. One he had used to fantasise about.
Afraid of the reaction he will receive, Tom runs away hoping never to see him again. But Seb had other ideas.
At twenty-five, Seb’s life is going exactly the way he had wanted. Having worked hard at University, Seb has been offered a permanent contract at a local solicitor.
While driving to a friend’s house to celebrate, Seb is shocked to find Tom, someone he hasn’t seen in years, on the streets, selling himself.
Feeling an overwhelming need to help Tom, Seb tracks him down and offers him a way out.
Tom lay listening to the sounds of the house, but he couldn't hear Seb moving around, so assumed he was still in bed until he heard a knock on his door. "Yeah," he called through the closed door, smiling to himself. The door opened, and Seb stuck his head in and smiled at him. "Can I come in?" Tom nodded and patted the bed as Seb walked over to him, carrying two mugs. He put them on the bedside cabinet before he pulled the covers up and slid into bed next to him. "Did you sleep alright?" Tom nodded again. "Yeah. I did." "I've been awake for a while, wondering if I should come in and see if you were awake." Seb gave him a small smile. Tom rolled onto his side, facing Seb and smiled at him. Seb copied the action, and they lay facing each other. Seb reached over and touched his face with his fingers before leaning over him and kissing him on his lips. Tom pulled away, making a face. "Morning breath." Seb smiled, sat up and reached over to pass Tom the mug. He drank some tea before handing it back. He'd wanted to wake up next to Seb, but was glad in a way that he hadn't. He liked the fact that Seb didn't want to rush anything, but he was worried the reason was that he was a whore. He'd probably had more sex with strangers than he'd had hot meals. Seb smiled at him and leaned over to kiss him again, pulling him close and wrapping an arm around his waist and pushing his leg in between Tom's. Tom opened his mouth and felt Seb's tongue touch his. He moaned softly at the contact and moved his hips towards Seb's, feeling Seb's erection rub against his own. They both only had boxers on, and Tom wanted to push his hand into Seb's, so he could touch him and make him come. Seb rolled on top of him and continued to kiss him, rubbing their dicks together. He groaned as he continued to rub against Seb. It wouldn't be long until he came if they carried on. Then he felt Seb's hand stroking him through his boxers, and he groaned again. "God yes, please touch me."
"Doesn't look like a good place to be, right?" Tom muttered. He didn't want to speak too loudly and draw attention to them. Seb shook his head as he turned to look at him. "When was the last time Adam was here?" Seb also spoke quietly. "Maybe eight months ago? I'm not sure to be honest. He doesn't talk about himself much." Seb nodded. "How do we get in?" "Over there." Tom pointed to the side of the warehouse. They walked around the outside of the building, stepping over rubbish and broken bricks, and found a door that had been pulled partially away from its frame and hung limply on its side. They entered the building, and Tom stepped back as the smell hit him. He coughed as it seemed to catch in his throat. Damp, mouldy and a sweet, but rotting odour. The inside looked worse than the outside. Paint hung in strips from the walls and chunks of plaster was also missing. Graffiti covered every surface and at some point the ceiling had partially collapsed, allowing the rain to come in. Overturned metal racking lay rusting on the floor, piles of paper and cardboard lay scattered about, soggy and mushy-looking. Remains of bedding and fires lay around the area and in between these were puddles that had formed due to the rain water. Pigeons nested on the rusted metal ceiling support beams, and Tom could hear them cooing softly as their feathers rustled together. He felt that there were a thousand eyes watching him and the hairs on the back of his neck stood up, his skin breaking out in goose bumps. He suddenly felt cold to the bone and shivered as he rubbed his hands up and down his arms. "Where would he be?" Seb asked, scanning the area. Tom turned to Seb and pointed to the far corner of the room. "There's a door there that leads to the other rooms. He would have gone to one of those, but it's hard to think that he would come here." "Are you sure he would have?" Tom sighed as he looked around the warehouse again and shook his head. "I don't know, but I can't think of anywhere else and, this is the only place I can remember him mentioning." They walked across the floor, and Seb pushed the door open. On the other side was a corridor that had several doors leading off of it. Tom went along and checked each room as he passed it, seeing nothing inside but rubbish, clothes and the occasional mattress. "If people have been living here, then where are they all?" Seb asked as he continued walking. "I don't know. They could have been moved on by the police 'cause of the regeneration work. A lot of money's being poured into it. But like I said before, some work has already stopped." He turned and went to open a door, but it was jammed shut. Seb came over and helped him to push it open. The smell hit him immediately, like he'd walked into a wall. A putrid, rotting smell that made him gag the instant he smelled it. Lifting his sleeve to cover his mouth, he looked in and immediately spun around, squeezing his eyes shut in a vain attempt to eradicate the image he had just seen. Lying on a mattress in the corner of the room was Adam. Naked. Dead.
Megs Pritchard lives in England and is a mother to two small boys. When she isn’t working or being mummy, she is busy writing about complex characters that know the harsh realities of life but want a HEA.
A lover of M/M and M/F romances she believes everyone deserves to be happy, healthy and loved.
Growing up in a military family, Megs has traveled Europe and has a great deal of respect and gratitude for all the men and women who have and who still serve. Her dream job was to be a Bomb Disposal Expert and even had her own ‘kit’ when she was younger.
She is currently working on her first full length series called Second Chances.
Wow. Just wow. What some people have to do to survive when they've lost everything is heart-wrenching. Some turn to prostitution, some alcohol, some drugs, and for some, all three or a combination of the three. Some may be in their early teens. Living on the streets, with little hope, where trust is almost non-existent, is fraught with danger.
Ms. Pritchard gives us a grim and very realistic glimpse into the lives of these people, some running away from intolerable living situations, and some, thrown out of their homes for their sexuality or teen pregnancy. Your heart will break for these kids.
Case in point: Tom. A good kid, thrown out by his parents at fifteen. It's heartbreaking to learn that in addition to his family, he loses all his friends. Living on the streets he turns to the only thing he can to survive: prostitution.
Ms. Pritchard's portrayal of Tom is superb. Readers can feel is anger at his parents, his best friend and his best friend's parents, as well as his despair at his situation and his desire to get out of his situation even though it seems hopeless. You can't help but feel admiration for the way he looks out for the four other male prostitutes he lives with, doing everything he can to make sure they're safe when working. Despite everything, he's still a good kid at heart.
Enter Sebastian, older brother to Tom's best friend. One can only imagine his shock when he finds Tom working the streets. His determination to help Tom and his frustration at Tom's reluctance to accept help him out of his situation. It's easy to understand why Tom doesn't want to trust Seb, wondering what kind of sexual favors Seb wants in return for his help.
Can Seb help Tom? Will Tom accept Seb's help? Read the awesomeness that is Take A Chance and find out for yourself. You won't be disappointed.
I've read several "Pretty Woman"-type stories and this is undoubtedly the best.
5 out of 5 stars and an absolute must read!