The story opens with Sean, penniless and alone in New Orleans. Sean is young, smart, and too warm-hearted to be bitter or cynical. He and his girlfriend are both heroin addicts, and she has just left him for a sugar daddy. Desperate to win her back, he must get his hands on some money.
This leads him to dip his toe into the murky waters of gay prostitution, where his mixed-race (Cuban and Irish) beauty draws attention. He is saved from a bad situation by the mysterious top-dollar escort Angel. But why does Angel look so much like Sean? Where does he get his supernatural insights as to what has happened, is happening, and will happen to Sean on every level?
Sean wants to trust the charismatic Angel, who shows flashes of real compassion. But Angel is way more than he seems. When the two of them go together to fulfill a loathsome client’s weird kink, Sean is in for the strangest night of his life. Can he win his girlfriend back? Is it even in his best interests to do so? Can he get out of New Orleans while there is still time?
Cruce de Caminos is a haunting novella, which centers on one of the major turning points that can occur in everyone’s life. Is there still time to make a decision and step away from a course of destruction? Sometimes our path to ruin is simply the easiest road on which to continue because it has a numbing familiarity. Sometimes it takes divine intervention to wake us up to other choices. As the title suggests, we can come to a crossroads.
This is not a romance, and the authors label it as gay erotic horror. I was pleased to find it more like erotic urban fantasy than horror. Dark acts are hinted at with surrealistic imagery, but nothing is graphic, which suits the story’s elegantly understated nightmarish quality. The writing is clear, vivid, and minimalist. The main character Sean is very appealing with his sense of humor, resilience, and great capacity for love.