This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Golden Boy: St. Mary's Academy Shorts, Book 2 is a young adult romance novella written by Seven Steps and Audrey Rich. Clay Roman’s suggestion was impossible to even think about; it went against everything that Meg knew was right, but he had planned his assault on her ethics in his typically devious fashion. The proposal was straightforward, as much as anything this wrong could be considered. Meg would claim that St. Mary’s Academy’s star quarterback, Julius Samson, had gotten her pregnant; Julius would quit school or be thrown out; and Clay would be crowned quarterback in Julius’s place. In return, Meg would get her tuition paid and be able to finish her senior year at St. Mary’s. The school meant a lot to Meg. Her family had been graduating from the elite school for generations, but, for some reason, her father seemed to be having financial difficulties and hadn’t paid her tuition. Added to that was the stress of seeing her mother dwindle and suffer through a brutal regimen of chemotherapy. St. Mary’s film club was especially hard for Meg to consider giving up; with it would go all her hopes for becoming a film director. But could she do this to another student, even if he is the “hound” Clay says Julius is?
Seven Steps and Audrey Rich’s young adult romance novella, The Golden Boy: St. Mary's Academy Shorts, Book 2, is a sweet and moving story about a fairy tale romance built on the most fragile of foundations. Watching as Meg falls utterly in love with her gentle giant, Julius Samson, is a joy. The Golden Boy also addresses teen pregnancy and the fallout resulting from it both in terms of delayed education plans and the attitudes a pregnant teen often faces from her peers in school. While Meg’s pregnancy is a lie, one can still sympathize with the unfairness of the blame being cast at her rather than at the two of them, and there’s something malevolent and cruel in the prank of the diaper filled with melted chocolate candy that is left in her locker. The Golden Boy is also a marvelous coming of age story that sweeps both Meg and Julius into new adulthood way too swiftly, but seeing how they both adapt and respond is inspirational. The Golden Boy: St. Mary's Academy Shorts, Book 2 is most highly recommended.