The Christmas Throwaway by RJ Scott
Do you have a certain book, or books, that you love to reread? I have a few of those, but The Christmas Throwaway by RJ Scott is my #1 go-to reread book. Not sure what it is exactly about this book, but it gets me every time.
The Christmas Throwaway is the story of Zach, age 17, who is thrown out of his house by his abusive father for being gay, and Ben, a cop, who finds him sleeping out in the cold on a church bench a few days before Christmas. He takes the scared, hurt young man home to his mother’s house and from there we learn about Zach’s past and his hopes and dreams and his reaction as he gets enveloped in to a loving and caring family. Ben is attracted to Zach (and vice versa), but he hesitant to move too quickly because of Zach’s injuries but especially because of the five-year age difference. Ben encourages Zach to go to school and further his education, all the while patiently waiting for Zach to heal and to be old enough for their relationship to go to the next level.
I’m not sure if it’s the Christmas theme, or how wonderful Ben is to Zach, but this story is one of my all-time favorites. Makes me wish there was a “Ben” for every “Zach” out there.