Recommended By Malia

Recommended By Malia

Nicky James has the gift of creating beautiful, broken characters. When we meet Jason Atkinson he is at rock bottom. After leaving his old life behind, he is doing his best to overcome guilt, shame, and grief after discovering his husband is not only a serial killer but has been using him as his excuse to kill. Fate throws much younger, sunshiny Skylar Dawson in his path. Watching Skyler guide Jason back to the world of the living is compelling. There were several moments in the story when I wasn't sure if Jason was going to be able to overcome his past. By the end, you can be sure these two have put in the work for their happy ending!


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“I like being around you. I feel so dead inside most days, and you’re so full of life.” His eyes filled, and he blinked several times to clear them. “I know we said this was… If you want to go, I understand. I just need… I just… need… I wanted you here with me.”

Thick, gray, concrete walls and razor-wire fences were all that kept the monsters of the world at bay. If the courts were to be believed, one of those monsters was the man I’d loved with all my heart for almost twenty years.

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My name is Jason Atkinson, and I married a serial killer.

My world shattered on a cold April morning when they took my husband away in cuffs.
The life I knew, the man I loved, and the world I believed in was nothing but a lie. He stole my trust, my happiness, and my faith in humanity, and I’m not sure how to move on.
With my mental health hanging by a thread and a media circus following me everywhere I go, escape seems like the only answer.
Shedding my old life and starting fresh.
A new city. A new job. A new name.
Maybe everyone will leave me alone and let me wallow in peace.
But Skylar Dawson, a student almost twenty years my junior, has a different plan.
Everything about him is endless—his eyes, his smile, even his babbling mouth.
He shines with a blinding inner light I can’t ignore.
He’s a ray of sunshine in my dark world.
Skylar Dawson will not be ignored.
But will his energy and patience run out when he realizes I’m too tormented and broken to love him back?

This is a hurt/comfort, student/teacher, grumpy/sunshine, age gap (25/43) MM romance novel with a moderate amount of angst.


I am a Puppet for The Man and a serious smut reader! I cut my teeth on mass market romance lines when I was a teen and now I have graduated to the good stuff. I am happiest spending time with my husband and my two dogs. Normally you will find me combing the virtual bookshelves for the best of Gay Romance, but I'll never say no to a good story no matter who it features. I can't wait to share my favorites with all of you!

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