Controlled Burn by Erin McLellan

Controlled Burn by Erin McLellan

At eighteen, Joel Smith’s life fell to pieces. His boyfriend died in a car crash while reading a sext from him, the local newspaper outed them both in the aftermath, and his parents got a divorce. Joel did everything possible to outrun his past: he moved to Oklahoma for college, legally changed his name, and started over. Since then, he hasn’t let anyone get close—not his classmates, not his roommate, and definitely not his hookups. The strategy has served him well for over three years. Why would he change it now? But Joel doesn’t plan on the articles about his boy… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Outing
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a boyfriend in a car accident recounted
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