Life and Death by Laurencia Hoffman (Review by Katie- #NerdGirlKtLbLy)

Title: Life and Death

Author: Laurencia Hoffman

Published Date: December 1st 2016

Genre: Romance (M/M)


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Jack Miller is a friend, a father, and a therapist. When he learns that he has a brain tumor, his only hope is an expensive and experimental drug. Even though there are no guarantees, Jack decides to take the risk, but he has to revisit his shady past to come up with the money. While keeping the man he loves in the dark about his condition, he dedicates the rest of his life to helping other people. But it means destroying himself – and lying to the people he loves – in the process.


***Adult Warning – May Contain Graphic Sex, Strong Language, Or Adult Situations. Caution Advised***
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***Katie – #NerdGirlKtLbLy Review***
All Jack wants is to help the world in any way he can. He’s an only child, and even though he and his parents don’t have much, he does whatever he can to be nice and kind to everyone he comes across. His parents are drunks and drug addicts who don’t even care that they have a kid, who just lounge around the house. At age 11 he takes in some homeless kids and tries to give them some food but he’s caught and after giving them some money and pawning some jewelry for them his mom kicks him out.
Years pass and Jack is just trying to survive a life on the streets and he does a little bit of everything to do it. He’s comfortable with himself being bi sexual and is still so good hearted that even if he doesn’t have much, he is still willing to help anyone he can. He does odd jobs to try to have a little money and he meets a girl named Tiffany. She takes him in and helps him get back on his feet and to start a new life. They are together for years and even have a daughter together named Emily. Circumstances arise where Jack and Tiffany break up and a few years later Jack meets and falls in love with a man named Chris. Chris loves Jack but he’s afraid to let other people know he’s with a man. Chris starts having heart problems, and doesn’t want to let too many people know, especially Jack. However Jack gets a huge surprise when he’s told he has a brain tumor and the experimental drug is a million dollars. With both men keeping secrets from the other their lives take many unexpected turns.
I did have a feeling what the ending would lead to, but it was still heartbreaking. No matter what life threw at Jack he was always optimistic and willing to help anyone that he could. He of course gets upset with the setbacks and wonders, since he’s been such a good decent person his whole life, why this is even happening to him and you do sympathize with him. He tries to figure out if some of the choices he makes is right just like any other person but helping people is still a top priority and gets so upset even if he can’t help one person. You just hope and want to see something right happen for him for once. I’d highly recommend this.


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