Review: Do-Gooder by J. Leigh Bailey

Title ➷ Do-Gooder

Author ➷  J. Leigh Bailey

Expected publication ➷ September 15, 2016✔️

Published by ➷ Harmony Ink Press

Genre ➷ Contemporary, Young Adult, M/M Romance 💕

Read ➷ Kindle Edition, English

Word count ➷ Approximately 67,223 words / 200 pages

Ebook price ➷ $6.99

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


♦️ Synopsis:

No good deed goes unpunished, and for seventeen-year-old Isaiah Martin, that’s certainly the case. The gun he was caught with wasn’t even his, for God’s sake. He only had it to keep a friend from doing something stupid. No one wants to hear it, though, and Isaiah is banished—or so it seems to him—to live with his missionary father in politically conflicted Cameroon, Africa.

However, when he arrives, his father is so busy doing his good deeds that he sends Henry, the young, surprisingly hot do-gooder with a mysterious past, to pick up Isaiah and keep him out of trouble. Even while Isaiah is counting down the days until he can go home, he and Henry get caught in the political unrest of the region. Kidnapped by militant forces, the two have to work together to survive until they are rescued—unless they manage to find a way to save each other first.


Characters  ➷ Isaiah Martin, Henry

♦️ Riina’s Review: 

Ah. This you guys! #pageturneralert 🙂

What an exciting, action-packed and wonderfully brilliant story.

It’s written in first person and we sadly only get Isaiah’s POV — but I had so much fun with his voice 🙂

ALL THE 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟!!

Isaiah was born in Africa and spent the following seven years with his missionary parents in a refugee camp in the Central African Republic. When he and his mom return to the States his dad stays behind. After not having heard from his father in ten years, it’s easy to imagine that Isaiah resents him for not being part of his life.

While he was happy growing up with his mom in Milwaukee, not having any contact with his dad has left a hole in his heart, one he didn’t think could ever be fixed, so he covered up with a bit of teenage temper and a lot of bitterness and resentment.

So you can understand that Isaiah is in a bad mood and beyond frustrated when he arrives in Africa, and the promise of a long and boring summer. Most of all, he doesn’t want to spend it living with his father, who he thinks doesn’t give a damn about him. When said father doesn’t even bother to pick him up from the airport, well, that’s just the cherry on top.

Isaiah’s not very impressed by Henry, who was sent to get him on his father’s behalf, when they first meet. He pretty much can’t stand Henry on principle; just another do-gooder, and he really doesn’t want to have to deal with him.

But Henry is so much more than that and Isaiah’s quickly intrigued by his ‘new friend’.

Bad luck leads them into the clutches of scary assault riffle wearing mercenary soldiers, who believe the kids have something they want. So obviously their next move includes a kidnapping stunt followed by some heavy questioning and a week in the poorest conditions imaginable.

The boys were soon dirty, hungry and irritable, understandably so, and suffering from all kinds of pains.

Isaiah is also diabetic. Without his insulin and crappy food while being held hostage and at the mercy of really scary, international bad guys his chance of survival are minimal…

The core of the story is pretty intense and when the days went by, one after the other, Isaiah close to death and Henry barely sane, oh I was so caught up in the book there was no way I would’ve put it aside for anything. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen.

The setting (Africa; Rainforest) is one of the rarer ones seen in this genre, even more so when it comes to Young Adult, so is the whole being kidnapped and held for ransom part — something I greatly enjoy. There is just something about the fight of survival… throw in a love-interest, some tension and voila. One of my favorite plots. It also helped that both boys are absolutely lovable in their own way and I was cheering for them from the moment they met.

With how scary a place this world is I find it a frighteningly realistic scenario, although probably with not the highest chance of happening on a regular basis, thank God. It’s not pretty. I don’t know much about Africa and the politics down there, but there are refugees and war and so much hurt all over the world. It’s just easy to imagine…

One of my favorite reads for sure.

I would love to see Isaiah and Henry again.

As with many Young Adult novels this one ends just too soon! 😦

Many, many thanks to the publisher who kindly provided a free copy for an honest and impartial review. 💕

♦️Purchase Links: 

Harmony Ink shop: pre-order now.

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