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Darryl’s on the run – from controlling boyfriend Chris, an air-conditioner called Dave (deceased), an intolerable, claustrophobic situation and a person he just can’t be any more. The trouble is, he doesn’t have a plan – or any money – and all he knows is he needs to get away from everything. That’s where a lucky lift to Glasgow comes in, which turns out to be just the begDarryl’s on the run – from controlling boyfriend Chris, an air-conditioner called Dave (deceased), an intolerable, claustrophobic situation and a person he just can’t be any more. The trouble is, he doesn’t have a plan – or any money – and all he knows is he needs to get away from everything. That’s where a lucky lift to Glasgow comes in, which turns out to be just the beginning of a whole new life …...

Title : Escaping from Him
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ISBN : 9781908312280
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Number of Pages : 188 Pages
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Escaping from Him Reviews

  • Jenre
    2019-05-05 19:31

    Maybe it's just me at the moment but nearly every book I've read recently has grabbed me at the start and then I've struggled to finish or I'm beginning to lose interest by the end. This was one of those books. It had a strong start and I was rooting all the way for Ford as he broke away from his old life and through good fortune was able to start again. The story is episodic, moving from one event to the the other as we follow follow Ford through the first few months. It gave the pacing a rather choppy feel. Sometimes I found myself wondering why a scene or part of the book had been included because it didn't really forward the story or the romance, just added to the ambiance of a book which is essentially just about a gay man making his way in the world. Despite the dramatic openings not much actually happens to Ford. He falls on his feet quickly and the tension between Ford and his new boyfriend seemed trivial, maybe because I didn't feel that invested in the romance. Having said that, I liked Ford and his new friends and some parts were genuinely amusing, especially the descriptions of the Eurovision party. I finished the book feeling that it had an interesting written style but lacked a wholly engaging story.

  • Annie ~ From Top to Bottom Reviews
    2019-05-04 14:21

    Reviewed for From Top to Bottom Reviews.*I RECEIVED AN ARC OF THIS BOOK FROM SIGNAL BOOST PROMOTIONS IN RETURN OF AN HONEST REVIEW*I.. don’t know where to start, because overall this was not a book for me and I didn’t really like it. Probably start with what I liked and what was good.Escaping from Him started really good. I really liked Darryl and found him interesting. I was cheering for him the whole time he packed up his boyfriends stuff in trashbags and threw them down the stairs. Just because he could and he didn’t give a sh*t anymore about what his controlling arse of a boyfriend thought. I laughed when he destroyed Dave, the AC unit. And I was happy when he finally left it all to start a new life in Scotland. That was fun and I thought I’d really like the story. Up until that it was a solid 4 star book.But when Ford arrives in Scotland we see his first day and then there’s a time jump of about 6 months. We don’t see him find his feet, settle in, meet new friends, do all those first times you have, when you move somewhere unknown. No, there was a time jump. And then afterwards we’re told about a few things that happened in those six months.At that point I was like, okay, maybe it’s just an okay book. But then he meets the love interest and guess what? Yes! Another time jump – to them being six months into the relationship. We don’t see the first date, the first kiss; we don’t experience the awkwardness and worrying about things like what to wear, how to make a good impression. No, there’s a time jump! So basically we don’t know his boyfriend at all because we’re only told about how much in love they are, but dammit I want to experience it! I want to feel it!The second time jump really threw me. The story is about how Darryl (he calls himself Ford) finds himself but sadly were just being told about it and the author doesn’t show it.Add to that, that sometimes the story felt rushed (i.e. time jumps) and sometimes we’d get an in-detail description of something that didn’t feel like it did anything to move the story forward.Although my biggest dislike (and I still could rant about this for hours!) was when the supposedly so in love supportive boyfriend invited the abusive ex to meet Ford again (WITHOUT HIM KNOWING) so that they could clear the air. Like “Tada!! There’s your ex. In your apartment! See, he’s really not that bad.”That is an absolute no-go.Absolutely NEVER is it okay to invite the abuser without the abused person knowing. Don’t think you should invite them when the know it beforehand but then at least there’s time to prepare yourself for it.As I already mentioned, the reader gets told about things. But we don’t experience them, so that makes it really hard to connect with the story or the characters. I really didn’t get into it.So yeah, while Escaping From Him starts strong it really goes downhill from there. Which is really sad because the story had potential and I liked the humor at the beginning. Overall though, a disappointing book. Maybe the next one by this author will be better.

  • Jilrene ♥
    2019-05-10 14:14

    I'm writing a review for Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends. Hopefully, by the time I've finished writing, I'll decide on a rating. I'll add a link when it's available.Gay.Guy.Reading and FriendsSomewhere around 3.5 stars. I'm rounding down today, but I might change my mind if I re-read this.I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. ETC: I messed up the blog name. Sorry! It's fixed now.

  • Helena Stone
    2019-05-17 12:05

    “It was the heat of the summer, my inability to be comfortable in my own home, remembering things we’d talked about properly, without Chris there to correct me on my memory. All these had combined to this one feeling that I had to go. I had to leave this place and run.”I wasn’t sure what to expect before I started this book. The reference to a ‘controlling boyfriend’ in the blurb seemed to indicate this might be a tough and darker read. But then it also talked about a ‘deceased’ air-conditioner, which definitely pointed at a sense of humour. It is always wonderful when a blurb perfectly captures both the story and the tone in which it is told; this could have been a hard and heavy story, but thanks to Darryl’s way of addressing his reading audience, this book is anything but angsty.Darryl is a wonderful main character. He’s fully aware of the shortcomings in his life but doesn’t obsess about them. Once he decides to make his break, he’s off into the unknown, trusting that something will come his way, and boy is he right. Not only does he find safety, he also finds a group of friends who will form the family he’s never really had. Glasgow was meant to be a hiding place as far away from Chris, his domineering and older boyfriend as he can get, but instead it turns out to be home.The book is titled Escaping From Him and while getting away from Chris is certainly the catalyst to this story, I feel that ‘Finding Himself’ would have been as appropriate a title. In fact, to me this read as a coming of age / New Adult story. Darryl was only 16 when he fled the foster system and met and moved in with Chris. Young as he was he didn’t stand a chance against Chris’s dominance and manipulation. Four years later Darryl is ready to spread his wings, to become who he was always meant to be, to learn that he can take care of himself and find his own place in the world—assuming a new first name is only the start of it.I loved the cast of secondary characters. From the ever practical and loyal Swedish Lena, to Charlie who first introduces Darryl to the people who will form his Glaswegian family, and from Devine, the glorious drag queen to the two Gavins who are each others’ opposites and all the more perfect together for it. And Callum was just perfection both as a character and as the person Darryl needed in his life.There were one or two moments in this book that touched me deeply, but I’ll mostly remember this book for the smiles it brought me. The chapter about the Eurovision evening especially, had me giggling and laughing out loud. I also really want to throw a ‘naff nibbles’ party now.In short, Escaping From Him was an utterly delightful and at the same time very touching story. It would appear I have found yet another author to add to my ‘must read’ list.

  • Love Bytes Reviews
    2019-05-16 18:27

    3.5 star review by DanWhen we first meet Darryl in London, he is in the middle of a complete mental snap! The AC unit (which he named Dave) is going bonkers, his boyfriend’s excessive OCD has driven him over the edge, and he can’t take it anymore!Darryl was raised in foster care, and at sixteen he met Chris, who was twenty years older than him, and kind of a jerk. OK, a total controlling, manipulative jerk. The final straw was “Dave” the AC unit going on the fritz, and the windows all being locked shut (with a key) so that Darryl couldn’t open them per Chris’ orders….not that he had a key to do it anyway! All of a sudden….SNAP!Several black bin bags later, his boyfriend’s stuff is all bagged and thrown down the stairs. “Dave” the AC unit is now deceased and in a bunch of pieces all over the floor after Darryl got through beating the poor thing to death with a hammer!So what next? Now Darryl takes off in the boyfriend’s car, but after a slight mishap on a bridge….OK, maybe a major mishap since the boyfriend’s car is smashed into a bridge abutment…Darryl is on the run before the ambulance and policemen even arrive.He has to get away from this obsessively angry boyfriend at any costs. So he jumps a lorry ride north to Glasgow. He figures 400 miles is enough to put between the two of them. Along the way he reinvents himself. When the lorry driver asks his name, he looks at the lorry’s logo, and becomes Ford. When questioned as to where the name came from he quips that his parents named him after a character in one of my favorite series of all times, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy”. Later he switches the story to being named after a Ford Cortina, but I liked the first version best!Ford is off to his new adventures and life in Scotland. It was an entertaining story, full of drag shows, a whole new “family” for Ford, a new job…doing what he always wanted to do, and even a couple guys vying for his love interest.While this book isn’t listed anywhere as for Young Adults, it would be a fine read for that market, as the sex in the book is very understated and mostly on a “referred to” basis. Personally, I thought the book was good, but it seemed to lack detail and a certain amount of cohesiveness for me to give it a higher rating. After reading the blurb, I thought it would be a great beach read this weekend while I was away, but it had difficulty holding my attention. I think as I stated above that it is probably perfect as a YA.A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review. Please visit www.lovebytesreviews.com to see this and many more reviews, author interviews, guestposts and giveaways!

  • Marge
    2019-05-21 19:19

    I enjoyed this tale of a young man who escapes from a constricting relationship and finds that life on his own is somewhat scary but in the end fulfilling.At the beginning of the book it was a bit hard to empathize with the extent of Chris's anger, since I'm not quite sure there was enough of a set-up to show just how bad things had gotten with his lover over their years together. Since the author very distinctly shows the problem is not physical abuse but the more subtle abuse of making Chris a doormat for his lover's wants and desires, Chris's wholesale destruction of property and his initial run to Glasgow seemed a bit over the top. As the book continued on though and we see how Chris's past life is so different from "Ford's" new life, I truly began to sympathize with his feelings and to understand why he felt he needed to escape.Once Ford starts his new life in Glasgow, we see him discover the new family that he makes for himself. There is a lot of good banter, a caring relationship with a new boss, a lot of fun scenes, lots of drag queens, and a Eurovision party. I'm an Anglophile, so I enjoy all things British, but be aware that this book is very British with some Scottish thrown in too. I really enjoyed reading about Glasgow and some Glaswegian historical and touristy places. And I smiled at Ford's proprietary feeling that Glasgow is now "his" city.There are actually two love stories here. One is Ford falling in love with his new life, new friends, new job, etc. The second is Ford learning to love and to trust Callum, to trust that Callum will remain the good person Ford is falling for and that he will not change as soon as Ford has given his heart. Both love stories are a slow build told via many "slice-of-life" scenes with Ford and his friends. I liked it a lot.

  • Joyfully Jay
    2019-05-24 14:31

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4 starsEscaping from Him was a decent book. I wouldn’t classify it as a “romance,” though. It brought me to mind of an autobiography. It was simply a tale of a man’s life…from the time he actually began to live it. Yes, Ford and Callum find each other and fall in love, but I didn’t feel that was the central part of the story. I consider the whole thing to be a coming of age novel. Ford was very young when he met Chris, so when he finally left and moved to Scotland, he was older, but it took him awhile to become wiser. I really liked how one meeting with another older man in a pub turned into Ford finding a family of his own. That’s how he decribes it. Family. Everyone in their little group watches out for each other, and it’s really sweet. They’re the kind of people I wish I knew personally. Ford’s friend, Lena, from Switzerland is adorable, and everyone should have someone like that in their lives. She fit in well with Ford’s new friends perfectly, as did Callum.All in all, this was a nice way to spend an evening…charming, quirky characters, next to zero angst, a city that has almost as much going on as the characters, and a nice little romance. I recommend it for anyone who’s looking for a light read that will make them smile. Definitely pick it up.Read Kenna’s review in its entirety here.

  • DreamsAndScrems Bookaholics
    2019-05-12 15:14

    Becky's 4 Star ReviewYoung Darryl/Ford escapes his emotionally abusive, older boyfriend and starts a new life. In this new life, he finds great friends and new love. A story we've heard before, right. That said, Livings does an awesome job of painting a picture with his words and tells a beautiful story. The characters are very well written and I felt like I got to know these people, right along with young Ford. I couldn't put this one down as I found myself wondering if Callum was the "right" one for Ford, feeling sorry for poor Charlie's unrequited love, and loving everything that Gavin had to say! And I can't forget Lena with her broken English and sometimes inappropriate questions and observations. Livings writing style pulled me in deeper and deeper and I had a hard time not turning to the end ahead of time!

  • Becky Baldridge
    2019-05-01 19:12

    Young Darryl/Ford escapes his emotionally abusive, older boyfriend and starts a new life. In this new life, he finds great friends and new love. A story we've heard before, right. That said, Livings does an awesome job of painting a picture with his words and tells a beautiful story. The characters are very well written and I felt like I got to know these people, right along with young Ford. I couldn't put this one down as I found myself wondering if Callum was the "right" one for Ford, feeling sorry for poor Charlie's unrequited love, and loving everything that Gavin had to say! And I can't forget Lena with her broken English and sometimes inappropriate questions and observations. Livings writing style pulled me in deeper and deeper and I had a hard time not turning to the end ahead of time!

  • Tess
    2019-05-23 11:30

    Nice story of a young man breaking away from a poisonous relationship, moving to a new city and starting a new life.My main quibble was that the romance was not fully developed. We see Ford and his love interest meeting and then the story fast forwards several months, meaning we miss out on the first date, first kiss and everything else that takes them up to that first "I love you".

  • Sadonna
    2019-05-13 19:08

    3.5 stars Full review can be found The Novel Approach

  • Elisa Rolle
    2019-04-25 18:13

    Escaping From Him by Liam Livings: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwid... 2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)