Review of Pray the Gay Away (A Southern Thing #1) by Sara York

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Genre: Contemporary Romance (M/M)

Book Length (Est.): 316 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Star football player, Jack Miller, had it all. The perfect family, looks, girls hanging on his every word, and the respect of most people in his town. But one thing was missing–a man to be his own.

When Andrew Collins showed up in small town, conservative Sweet, Georgia, he looked more scrawny mutt than high school senior. Andrew’s plan was to keep his head down and graduate high school, leaving his family behind to start his real life.

When he meets Andrew, Jack thinks he’s found heaven, but reality holds him in check until one night when his lips gently slide across Andrew’s and fireworks go off.

As lust and something a little deeper brings them together, compelling them to take chances, people start to notice. Then the unthinkable happens, and Jack’s parents find out he likes guys. The battle lines are drawn and they vow to pray the gay away.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This was a very emotional read and hit close to home for me because I know of quite a few people who have gone through similar experiences.

Jack is the sweet all-American small town football hero. All the girls want to date him and all the guys want to be him, but what they don’t know is that he’s gay. Growing up the eldest child of a preacher’s son in an extremely small southern town doesn’t give him the opportunity to be himself, but when Andrew moves to town he realizes he cannot hide from his feelings any longer.

When your strictly Christian parents catch you kissing another boy they tend to completely freak out, which is how Andrew ended up in Sweet, GA with a preacher’s son as his guide. But it doesn’t take long for him to realize this sexy football player is more like him than he originally thought, and that his feelings towards Jack are mutual.

This story isn’t only about being gay in a small southern town it’s also about what lengths parents go through to pray the gay away. The things Andrew’s parents put him through is so sad and the interactions between Jack and his father are heartbreaking, but the most emotional part was when Billy, Jack’s little brother, is threatened.

Pray the Gay Away is a M/M romance and does have some explicit sex scenes, so if that’s not for you then don’t read it, but if you want a glimpse into something that I’m sure goes on more than anyone would suspect then this is a great read. There are a few things that tend to lean on the unbelievable side, but since this is fiction I cannot exactly fault that and they do just emphasize the importance some people put on being straight.

My Favorite Emotional Moment: Most of my emotions hit hard every time Billy came into the book. When Jack and Andrew take him shopping for his Halloween costume it about broke my heart. 

Overall, I give Pray the Gay Away 4 stars! 

*Clicking on the book cover above will take you to the Amazon purchase page.

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