Do-Gooder – J. Leigh Bailey

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. –

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

How far would you go to be good?

Do-Gooder deals with the issues of self-sacrifice, heroism and family relationships all in one exciting and heart wrenching novel.

We follow the story of two quite sassy and witty characters, both willing to sacrifice their reputation and their lives to protect others in the line of danger. They find themselves feuding over each others sacrifices, both wanting to save the other’s soul and life at any cost and putting themselves in grave danger in the process.

Isaiah is a very witty, sharp and honest character who is easy to fall for within the first page of this novel. He is openly gay and a diabetic, both of which are only small parts of who he is in comparison to being a do-gooder. When he meets Henry, a young man who has experienced the worst of life and more, things start to heat up.

This is an excellent read if you are looking for adventure, a little bit of love and a peak into a dynamic family life. There is no shortage of excitement and satisfaction in this novel as well as a few tear jerking moments.

A very refreshing read and I urge you to pick up a copy. Available now.




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