BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: Thirst Trap by Zachary Ryan
Published by: Kingston Publishing Company
Publication date: November 4th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Romance
Tragedy comes in all forms, and you never know how you’ll deal with it. Four friends have all dealt with their fair share of struggles. Dillion, an aspiring writer with writers block because of his brothers sudden death, Jesse the emotional stunted drink thanks to his boyfriend’s suicide, Ivan the abused victim just looking for a place to call home, and Leo the stubborn romantic trying to get his friends to open up, while keeping his issues close to his chest.
With these four friends, they avoid all their elephants in the room like a death card agreement between Dillion and Jesse, Ivan completely hoping his abusive lover with change or even Leo focusing on his friends problems instead of his own. Can these four friends learn to embrace and accept their own tragedy or will they be stuck in the past?
Thirst Trap is a humorous coming of age novel dealing with sexuality, tragedy, substance abuse, and the most beautiful insane friendships.
Want a peak into the party boy life? This book will take you there. Dillion and Jesse are both battling depression from deaths of people close to them and not knowing what to do with the emotions they shut down and drown their sorrows in booze and boys. Ivan is struggling with guilt and wanting a home against his boyfriends outbursts and violence and Leo is spending so much energy on his friends he is forgetting about his husband.
Ryan has given us a touching book that shows the darker side of being a gay man. My only issue is I'm not sure what time period this is supposed to be set in but its not present day since most gay men aren't as focused on HIV and trips to the clinic since they are on PrEP. Other than this little oversight I really enjoyed this book, the characters were refreshingly broken and need each other more than they even realize. Often funny, and at other times heartbreaking this book delves into the lies we tell ourselves and masks we use to cover up our reality. If we really want to grow we need to take off those masks and make ourselves vulnerable.
Zachary Ryan grew up in a black-and-white box in Maryland, before moving to Chicago to start a new life. There, he found that he was accepted for his misfit status–and learned that it’s perfectly normal to spend your twenties feeling lost and confused.
After a disastrous sexual encounter, Ryan stumbled on a group of true friends, or “soul cluster,” that he connected with. Through his writing, he hopes to help other broken souls out there find comfort amid the chaos.
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