Review: The Angel of 13th Street (The Angel of 13th Street #1) by Eden Winters

Noah Everett shed his rent boy existence for a bar and helping young men get a second chance at life. Haunted by those he couldn’t save, he keeps others at bay until his self-imposed loneliness is shattered by ambitious but homeless Jeremy Kincaid.

Aged out of the foster system, Jeremy’s the perfect target for a ruthless pimp like Willie Carnell. He wants no part of any future that includes working for Willie, but without a strong ally, he may not have a choice.

Noah knows exactly what Willie’s capable of, and if he’ll fight for strangers, he’ll fight harder for Jeremy.

Even if it takes confronting his own past.

The Angel of 13th Street started off strong, but fizzled out towards the end.

Jeremy is on his own and homeless. But he doesn't let his circumstances bring him down. He is barely able to take care of himself, but he gets himself to school and is working towards a scholarship.

Noah used to live on the streets, working to keep himself afloat. He eventually left that life to start over. He now owns a bar and in his spare time tries to save other kids he sees living like he used to. When he spots Jeremy, he befriends him and offers him the vacant apartment above his bar.

I really liked Jeremy and his strength. Not only was he doing well in school, but he was fighting off some bullies that were trying to get him to work for their pimp, Willie. After being taken in, Jeremy immediately fell for Noah. It makes sense. The guy did save him and give him a place to stay. Doesn't hurt that he's practically a saint and easy on the eyes. It's just that I never felt their connection move further than that. A kid who admires the guy who saves him.

Noah resists Jeremy at every turn. Jeremy isn't quiet about his attraction and Noah has a hard time turning him down, but he does manage to. He doesn't want to take advantage of Jeremy, no matter how cute he is. Noah stays busy worrying about and taking care of the homeless kids he comes across. Trying to save them from Willie's clutches.

Some plot points were a little forced and fit together too perfectly for me. Noah used to be a prostitute with his ex-boyfriend Billy and... well, let's just say I guessed what that whole thing was about and I rolled my eyes a few times. Like I said, by the middle of the story I was getting bored. I still loved the characters, but I was tired of Jeremy chasing after Noah, then Noah rejecting him, and repeat. Once they did get together it was anticlimactic for me, since I wasn't feeling their connection.

The book does focus on an important subject; aging out of the foster care system. Once Jeremy was 18, he was kicked out and no longer a concern of the government. It was heartbreaking and brings to light that we need to do better by our kids.

I do love Eden Winters and although this isn't a favorite, she's still an auto-buy author for me.

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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