Saturday, February 6, 2016

Against the Wall by Jill Sorenson

Former Chula Vista Locos gang member and graffiti artist Eric Hernandez has been released after a three year stint in prison for the killing of a rival thug and is now living with his sister-in-law and her new husband, the brother of his former lover.

After getting her heart broken by Eric, Meghan, a student at San Diego State University, lives with her boyfriend Chip, although it is clear that her feelings for Eric have not waned during his time away. But Eric knows that in order to keep it on the straight and narrow and for chance as a tattoo artist at Fine Ink, he has to steer clear of Meghan.

When a “slut walk” to support women’s rights hosted by Megan and her friend incites threats, Eric can’t stop worrying about her safety. To make matters worse, tangling with a gang member’s girl brings him at the front and center of the life he is trying to leave behind.

First person narration that alternates between Eric and Meghan hikes up the emotion and intimacy of Sorenson’s (Caught in the Act) new adult debut. Tackling serious elements such as domestic abuse and gang violence, the author never lets the compelling plot take a backseat to the sexy love story between her two imperfect, yet likable characters.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | January 29, 2016

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