My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sean O’Hara is a drug addict down to his last fix. Realizing he can make some money through prostitution, he starts turning tricks. A bad decision leads him to Angel, who tells him he can make a lot more money servicing high-class customers. The two take a job together, but does Angel truly have his back, or is the truth something far more sinister?
Depressing, gritty, dark and definitely not a romance in any way, Cruce de Caminos (Crossroads) is definitely a departure from the usual fluff on my reading list. I wasn’t sure to think of Sean, who is pathetic and yet sympathetic at the same time, or the mysterious Angel, who on the outside seems like he wants to help, yet he takes Sean down some dark roads.
The supernatural element to this story was fascinating as well, with the revelation in the last few pages making me think about the whole story long after it was over. I loved how dark and messed up this story was, how nobody got rescued from prostitution, and how Sean was, in the end, a victim of his own bad choices.
I was really impressed with Cruce de Caminos for being different and staying away from the usual rent boy/prostitution tropes. The writing was excellent, setting the scene of New Orleans believably and managing to convey Sean’s struggle with addiction in a realistic way. I also really liked that Sean’s sexuality was not clear-cut, he has a girlfriend and may be considered straight or bisexual in this story.
I recommend this to any reader who’s looking for a darker tone of story without the explicit rape and violence of something like The Flesh Cartel. Cruce de Caminos definitely makes me want to check out The Druid Stone, to which this is a prequel of sorts.