A Book That Wraps you in Its Arms

No, those are not my words above in the title. They are from the wonderful reviewer behind Chapters and Chats as she tweets about my book MISSING. I still find it overwhelming/humbling (fill in a better word here) that people are reading and enjoying the book so much that just came out. But this whole promote, discuss, tell others is all part of being an author…so we gotta do it. After all, who wants to write a book that no one ever finds?

So let me share a little more of Jodi Ann’s words…and please visit her site as well and leave her a comment. She loves to hear from readers.

Chapters and Chats Review: 

Have you ever picked up one of those books that wrap you in its arms from the first page? This thriller by Drake Braxton is one. It’s hard to believe “Missing” is a breakout novel as Drake writes with the skill of a seasoned author.

Meet Blain Harrington, drama as English professor and husband to his great love Manny. The couple is in Culver Pines, Alabama, and Blain’s hometown to attend his 20th high school reunion; a place that Manny would rather not be. While Blain works the crowd he sees Manny immersed in conversation with an old classmate. When he looks again, Manny is gone.

Miles from home in the midst of a Southern town steeped in old traditions where bigotry and homophobia surround him at every turn, Blain implores the local police to begin a search for Manny only to meet with opposition as the police won’t begin the search until he has been gone at least 48 hours, an eternity to Blain. Thus begins the moment Blain’s life begins to tailspin out of control.

Binge drinking, recreational drugs and wild sexual abandon soon become Blain’s coping mechanism. His dearest friend Michael rallies around Blain to be the voice of reason and help him through the process of grieving that will take him to rock bottom before he can climb out.

A story of lost love, overcoming addictions and the power of friendship, “Missing” is as hard hitting as it is warm and fuzzy. Drake Braxton has written Blain with such depth of character you can feel his inner turmoil as he fights with himself in a battle of blame and self-loathing, versus a chance to live a full life and perhaps love again. Drake rounds out his cast with Grayson, the middle-aged party boy, and Michael the “mother” of the group who cares for his cubs and hopes for a love to call his own.

I want to tell you so much about this book, but have to restrain myself so I don’t ruin the read for you. I will say this, you will be so drawn into the book, connecting with the characters and wanting to find out what truly happened to Manny that you won’t be able to pull yourself away. This book has the earmark of a best-seller.

“Missing” is a 5 star read. It’s a pack in your suitcase, grab a stolen moment, and relax by a fire kind of read that you must experience. Well done Drake!

(Thank YOU, Jodi!)


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