My Brother's Keeper (Book One)
- My Brother's Keeper (Book One): The First Three Rules
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This is book one of three. All books are full-length novels and must be read in order. All books are available now.
The My Brother's Keeper Trilogy
The town of Gilford has a Big and Terrible secret hidden in the ground.
Infecting those it touches.
Exploiting their darkness.
Consuming their souls.
It’s hungry. It’s vile. It’s evil.
And it wants out.
Book One: The First Three Rules
Marshal Jon Foster lost his purpose and his sanity the day he saw the image of his dead brother. The distraction saved Jon’s life but cost the lives of innocent people including his best friend and partner. It was a price for survival Jon couldn’t live with and was sure he’d never understand.
Driven by grief and guilt he tried to escape his past by fleeing to a small town in the middle of nowhere. Only instead of peace, the memories festered.
Then the offer of a stick of gum from a stranger changes Jon’s life and puts him on a road out of the nightmare he’s trapped in.
Ellis Harper has lived the past twenty years isolated from the outside world and sole caretaker for his mentally disabled brother, Rudy. While Ellis loves his brother, he longs for a life he’ll never be able to have.
Shut away, his days consist of chores, endless cartoons, and games of Go Fish. A world that seemed to have no end until an innocent misunderstanding turns Ellis and his brother into a target for a town bully.
It’s a fight Ellis can never win on his own but thanks to a chance meeting with a stranger, he doesn’t have to.
What begins as a new journey in love for both men quickly unfolds into something neither of them could have ever imagined.
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Publisher: Independently Published
Melyssa Winchester on Amazon wrote:
This book has all the feels and you are going to get dragged into it quickly. So first you have Jon, who ran from a horrible situation and found himself in a random no name town. But he has had enough, and it's time to end it all. But then Rudy sits down on the bench next to him and starts talking, about nothing. And Jon doesn't want to off himself with someone sitting right there... so he waits, while Rudy keeps talking. But where there is Rudy, there is Ellis, who finds them shortly after to take Rudy home. And then the worst possible thing happens to Jon, Rudy wants ice cream, and his brother says 'no', and suddenly Jon wants to buy Rudy ice cream. Jon starts agreeing and making future plans, which is the worst thing when you are trying to kill yourself.
Seriously, no spoiler tags because that is the first few pages of the book, not even all of Chapter 1. Rudy is a grown adult, but due to illness as a child, has stayed that way. Ellis is Rudy's little brother, who has been caring for Rudy since their parents died. Jon just randomly gets pulled into their world. Ellis does just about everything to get Jon to go away. There are rules and structure Ellis has put in place so he and Rudy can stay together. They don't have much, but Ellis will always take care of Rudy, no matter what. Jon is a little broken. The best part, neither Rudy or Ellis fix Jon, they just help him learn how to be himself again.
This books will hit you in all feels, with all the things. People and small towns can be horrible. But there are good people there, but you have to find your family and protect them from all the bad. And maybe Jon and Ellis are enough to protect Rudy.
It's not very often I can sit down after reading a book and say that I loved it so much from the moment it started that it was a 5* read off the jump, but I can definitely say that here. I knew at 5% what I would end up rating this book just based on what the author had put forth at this point and it only raised higher still with everything that came after.
This is not an easy story to read, even though it flows so effortlessly it does feel easy in that way. There are real issues tackled in this story that not a lot of others like it take on and they're written about in a way that shows a lot of care by the author. The characters because of these issues jump off the page and become real the more pages you turn until suddenly, the story is over and you're wondering how it happened.
Rudy endeared himself to me immediately and even now stepping away from it, he's still here. I'm not sure if it's because I have three developmentally challenged children of my own that did it, but the way Rudy is with me now, I want him to stay that way forever. Such a wonderfully refreshing character and the one bright spot in this very sad story.
My heart ached for Jon and Ellis both. They were both facing their own roads and issues and at times I wanted to stop reading just so I could hug the hell out of them. They deserved it, they earned it. They are two tragically beautiful characters and I'm so glad this book was recommended to me so that I could meet them. They've touched me in ways not a lot of characters have in the past.
The romance in this story was perfect. It was pretty close to magical in the way it transpired, especially due to Ellis's innocence of the world and Jon's knowledge of it. It was believable, paced so well that it seemed natural and the love scenes, while hot in some aspects, touched my heart as much as the characters themselves did. There was love in these pages, even before the characters wanted to admit to it and it was beautiful.
There was mention of a paranormal aspect to this, but I didn't get that feeling at all from what I read here. What Rudy is able to do, honestly with how truly amazing people who have special needs are, it seemed like a natural thing to me for him to be able to just "know" things the way he did. It added even more awesomeness to his character quite frankly.
I cannot say enough good things about this book. It's a definite must read by everyone, whether you're a fan of m/m romance or not. The story alone speaks to it.
I want to give this more stars, but for now 5 is going to have to do!