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#BookReview Tales of a Prison Bitch by @EthanJStone #erotic #mmromance #loveislove

Trey Grayson is young, handsome, and in trouble. Newly incarcerated, he doesn't know much about prison politics but quickly realizes if he's going to survive, he'll have to submit.

Trey will need someone to be his protector to avoid being victimized. In trade, he'll have to become a prison bitch and do things he's never done before. Samuel Booker is willing to do the job, and Trey agrees to pay the price. To Trey's surprise, he doesn't hate the relationship and actually develops genuine feelings for Booker. Too bad it's totally one-sided.

Now Trey not only has to protect his body, he'll also have to protect his heart.

Tales of a Prison Bitch is an erotic romance with rough sex between hard-edged men and contains descriptions of violence.

Second Edition: This version has considerable revisions.

Do you read a story and think, if only the author would change this or that, it would be perfect? What if a story you already like is re-written?

I first read the initial version of this story when I was on a binge read-a-thon on this author and practically read every short story and novella of his I could get. It was a story I enjoyed.  I really liked Booker and Grayson but I thought it was a shame we didn't get more on-the-page time with the two of them.

Fast forward to a few days ago when I read this revised version and I think I had a grin on my face throughout. I couldn't put the book down once I started reading it. I read it in one sitting and a part of me didn't want it to end.

I kept thinking: this is how re-writes should be done.

The original story has been enhanced. Booker and Grayson have been fleshed out into well-developed characters, giving them backstories that make them empathetic and their on-the-page interactions were so delicious. Even Hoosier came to life in this revision.

There's one niggle I have, though. And it has to do with a plot element. At the start of the story Grayson gets threatened by Duncan. This is the primary reason he needs protection and seeks Booker's help. Also, sometime later when he interferes with a gang member, he gets threatened by the gang member. 
So there's a showdown coming between him and one or more of these characters. It is a major plot point and a driver for the story. The readers expects the showdown. So when Booker is no longer around, we expect Grayson to defend himself from one or more of these people. But this never happens. Not on page anyway. We are told that he fought and won which isn't the same as seeing it happen and celebrating his transition from bitch to boss with him.

Still, niggle or not, I love the journey Grayson and Booker took from an initial arrangement of protection for sex to a full love story,  even in a dark place like a prison and considering the crimes and jail terms. The interactions between Grayson and Booker got me all tingly. Their chemistry was just perfect, sweet and steamy, dark and yet hopeful. This was just one of those story that left me feeling good when I got to the end, and I'm going to read again and again. Perfect for fans of gay erotic romance.

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Disclaimer: I volunteered to review this book.

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