This week, I’m not conflicted at all about recommending Louise Lyon's Conflicted.
Here’s what Louise has to say about Conflicted.:
"The title came to me more or less at the start of writing the story. Both characters, Paul and Greg, have a lot of conflict in their lives, from their initial fights with each other as they start out disliking one another, to their fears about whether to come out to friends and family. Paul's head is a mess due to the loss of family members, treatment by his father when he was younger, and anxiety about giving his heart to anyone so he himself is conflicted.
It's an expression that could also be applied to a period of my life during which I wrote this, when I had decisions to make on which direction to take in both professional and personal aspects of my life."
Two competing gangs of car and drag racing enthusiasts with a shared history of pain and rivalry leading to outright hatred. Two men from opposite sides of the tracks, yet with more in common than they’d like to admit.
Paul Appleton is a troubled man who has never been in a relationship, having lost everyone he cared for in his life. His mother died when he was very young and subsequently, he lost his brother and his best friend. Now Paul is convinced love will always end in tears.
Greg was living on the streets after his parents died and was stabbed by a junkie, ending up in hospital. The Buchanans took Greg under their wing while doing charity work, and Greg joined their loving family when he was adopted. He and his siblings are also car enthusiasts with much more money and therefore better cars than Paul Appleton’s gang.
When they eventually find a connection, Paul fights his feelings and tries to convince himself his lover is only a temporary bit of fun, but Greg has other ideas.