Author: Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane
Reviewed by: Don
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Summary: Addiction and desperation drive Sean O’Hara to a critical crossroads. Will he make the right decision, or will the floodwaters bound for New Orleans sweep him away?
Street kid Sean O’Hara has never had it easy, but New Orleans has driven him to his knees. His girlfriend’s broken up with him for a sugar daddy, a gun-toting pimp has robbed him of everything but the clothes on his back, and he’s down to his last two Oxycontin. Sean’s no seasoned streetwalker, but he’s not above it either, not when he’s already itching for his next fix.
A familiar-seeming stranger named Ángel may be his ticket to some quick cash, but only if Sean’s willing to help him indulge a high-class john’s weird fetish for the night. As Ángel tells him, in this city and this business, you have to get a little weird to survive.
When night falls on the French Quarter, Sean realizes Ángel and the john want more from him than he was expecting to give. What once seemed merely strange soon crosses the line into supernatural and sinister. And Ángel, the man Sean had viewed as a partner and protector, might also be his otherworldly judge and executioner.
Review: Sean O’Hara is a young man on the brink. He and his girlfriend, Cristina, have been living on the streets going from one high to the next. Cristina has been Sean’s reason to keep moving but now she has taken up with some sugar daddy and Sean is in the French Quarter of New Orleans alone. Sean is down to the clothes on his back and decides to start turning tricks for drug money. He meets Angel, a high priced “escort”, who may just help Sean earn some money but playing with Angel turns out to be as dangerous as shooting craps with the devil.
For those that may not know it, Cruce de Caminos means crossroads in English and that’s just where Sean is standing. This short story is a mind bending look at just where which way Sean’s life may take him depending on his choices and some other worldly influences. The world of Santarea plays heavily into this story which adds a different flair from some of the usual lore found in many paranormal books. New Orleans with it’s roots set deeply in the mystical religions is the perfect setting for this prelude to The Druid Stone. Ms Belleau is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors and definitely is one to keep an eye on. I heartily recommend this wild ride of a book to anyone looking for something different.