Prologue

Not everything is as it seems. My family is a prime example of this statement. On the surface, they look like your average – albeit overly religious – modern day family. My dad is a preacher, the most popular one in our tiny town, my mom is the stay at home mom, the type you see in the movies, and my older brother is the perfect, well-behaved clone of my dad that everyone loves to brag about. And then there's me. Adam. The one my parents didn't want, the one that embarrasses them on a daily basis, the one they can't even look at without finding something wrong with. I'm the only thing that keeps them from a perfect reputation and that's the reason they can't stand me. Oh, you'll never hear them say it in public; that would ruin dad's preaching career and we couldn't have that, now could we?

Like I said, everything is as it seems. In fact, some things are so far from what they seem that it really should be a crime. My entire life, from the time I was two years old until my nineteenth birthday, should have been a crime. I won't bore you with the details because, for the most part, my past has nothing to do with the story I'm about to tell. It's only the last year that counts; everything that's gone on in the last year is what truly matters. My 18th birthday was the day my entire life started to crumble around me. The only person there to help me pull through was my best friend, Jayy Kastille and I owe him my life…

Author's Note: Hey guys, here's a taste of Adam's story. If you haven't already, check out the short stories "To Belong" and "The Last Barrier" that feature he and his best friend/boyfriend Jayy. The latter is the lead-up to this novel. There is more to come so stay tuned! I'll be finishing the revision work on the 1st through 5th chapters shortly and will be posting them as soon as possible. I hope you enjoy and remember to review.

Jezabelle Rose Dawn (Formerly Lilac Swan Riddle, I changed my Pen Name for personal reasons.)