BLURB: Trembling on the floor, pressed beneath a row of seats in a dark theater, college freshman Jason Tripp listens to the terrifying sound of gunshots, as an unknown shooter moves methodically through the theater, randomly murdering men, women, and children attending a student performance of Hamlet. Junior Liam Norcross drapes his massive body on top of Jason, sheltering the younger man from the deathly hail of bullets, risking his life willingly, and maybe even eagerly.
As a result of the shared horror, an extraordinary bond forms between the two young men, which causes discomfort for family and friends, as well as for Jason and Liam, themselves. And added to the challenge of two previously “straight” men falling into a same-sex love, are the complications that arise from the abundance of secrets Liam holds with regard to a past family tragedy. The fledgling passion between the men seems bound to fade away into the darkness from which it emerged.
Jason, however, is inexplicably called to rescue his hero in return, by delving into Liam’s shady past and uncovering the mystery that compels the older man to act as the college town’s selfless savior.
The Art of Hero Worship takes the reader on a voyage from the dark and chilling chaos that accompanies a mass shooting to the thrill of an unexpected and sensual romance.
My Review: ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
At one point I thought this was going to be a DNF but as you can see I ended up giving it 4*. You might be asking yourself how on earth can you give a DNF worthy book 4*'s. Well I answer with 'I should have waited!'
See this book opens on a very traumatic scene that gets the reader very involved with both of the MCs but then (for me ) it seemed to be fizzling out. I put it down and read a few other books and then this morning I picked it back up to give it another go. Best decision I have made lately. I reread the chapter I had stopped on and the next thing I knew I was closing the book (figuratively as it was an ebook ;)) with a happy sigh at the end of an emotional roller-coaster read. This book is full of raw emotion and a dark grittiness that might not be to everyone's taste but I say take my example and, if you can't get into it, wait a while and try again. You will be thankful.