Kept

Kept

JimArnold / Sep 17, 2019

Kept Palm Springs Jorge Gomez leaves his poor family behind and remakes himself as ambitious George Gomes Soon young gay George is picked up by Connor Hurst who takes him to an empty mansion for a night o

  • Title: Kept
  • Author: JimArnold
  • ISBN: 9780996938006
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Paperback
  • Palm Springs Jorge Gomez leaves his poor family behind and remakes himself as ambitious George Gomes.Soon young gay George is picked up by Connor Hurst, who takes him to an empty mansion for a night of lust Connor convinces George to work alongside him in a scam targeting gullible retirees with classic desert homes.George appears to be on a strange path to the American DPalm Springs Jorge Gomez leaves his poor family behind and remakes himself as ambitious George Gomes.Soon young gay George is picked up by Connor Hurst, who takes him to an empty mansion for a night of lust Connor convinces George to work alongside him in a scam targeting gullible retirees with classic desert homes.George appears to be on a strange path to the American Dream, until his help covering up a violent death propels him toward bigger risks perhaps even murder, one that seems justified, one promising a sizable payday George doesn t know his role is to take the fall Yet he isn t as stupid as everyone thinks Left alone, literally hanging on a wire with a corpse, George must fight enemies real and imagined if he has any hope of finding his dream or even staying alive long enough to enjoy it.

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        Jim is the author of the award winning novels Benediction 2009 The Forest Dark 2013 , and Kept 2016.I m currently working on a sequel to Benediction, tentatively titled Benefits I hope to launch that title in 2018 Additionally, Jim is the author of the feature screenplays Me and Mamie O Rourke finalist and Honorable Mention winner, One in Ten Screenplay Contest, 2007 , Lovelines second round finalist, Austin Film Festival 2005 , The Lourdes Kelly Story, and Kept finalist and Honorable Mention Winner, One in Ten Screenplay Contest, 2008.For television, he has written the original hour drama series and pilot Troll Palace finalist, pilot category, Exposurama Contest, 2009.Jim also directed the critically acclaimed documentary short Our Brothers, Our Sons, about generational differences around HIV AIDS in gay men, nominated for Best Documentary at the 2002 Turin International Gay Lesbian Film Festival.Jim has worked extensively as a free lance journalist and has published in Frontiers, Variety, Prime Health Fitness, Age Appropriate and other periodicals, online and in fiction anthologies He began his career in musical theatre and holds a BA in journalism and film from Marquette University, and has studied film production writing in the MFA program for Cinema TV at the University of Southern California, the Writers Program at UCLA, and at Film Arts Foundation in San Francisco.He blogs at jimarnoldcommunications.Jim Arnold Communications jimarnoldcommunications provides business to business B2B writing services Jim is a veteran entertainment and non profits PR executive, having held communications management positions at Paramount Pictures, Dolby Laboratories and the American Lung Association in California Other Useful Information Jim s a 4th Generation California Native whose ancestors came for the Gold Rush and stayed despite not finding any He s also a cancer survivor who has run a marathon and can literally do cartwheels An unusual talent is that he can rollerblade backwards so don t be shy about asking for a demo A former teenage church organist, Jim now tries not to irritate his neighbors when playing standards from the American songbook on the piano.


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    1. 3.5 stars. Kept is a crime / murder / mystery / con / scam-fest set in Palm Springs. The story has a real noir feel to it, and in this sense, it reminds me of Marshall Thornton's Coyote Bluff, also set in Palm Springs. This is not the Palm Springs of the Rich & Famous. It's a gritty, hot, dirty world where shady real estate companies target retirees, murders for hire go wrong big time, reporters are much too nosy for their own good, double- and triple- crosses are commonplace, and "who do yo [...]


    2. I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*I've struggled to finish this one. It was good in the beginning, but too may characters made me dizzy, and the mystery wasn't quite interesting, and it was easy to solve.Jorge/George and Connor, were too fast, too soon having a relationship/ I mean, one look, one wild night of sex, and they're together already?Call me an old fashion, but their relationship seemed fake for me. Was it for a survival for George only, or was it love? [...]


    3. So not sure how to feel. Not a bad thing. I felt for connor. His mother was selfish and George in a way was there for him but wasn’t and than he betrayed him. George thought it was connor betraying him but he didn’t he actually loved him. The book has confusing moments because we get so many different people telling aspects of what is happening. We get SY the man of schemes who gets duped by everyone, Pilar who is really selfish and conniving, Nancy who I am not sure what to make of her, Con [...]


    4. From the very beginning of this taut, stylized novel, author James Arnold sets us up for what we can tell immediately will be quite a tale. As the prologue opens, Connor Hurst has made his getaway and is furious. He realizes he doesn’t have all the money he theoretically should, given the deal that went down back in Palm Springs, and he’d like nothing better than to do a number on the person who took what’s missing. But who was that? Connor knows and can’t believe he got taken. Author Ar [...]


    5. Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (09/16)I love the whole Palm Springs area. An adventurous day for me is having a star sighting or being able to park my RAV4 between a Bentley and a Maserati at Costco. In “Kept” by Jim Arnold, the adventures are a bit more extreme, and not all are to be enjoyed. For a young illegal immigrant named Jorge Gomez aka George Gomes, he will do what it takes to achieve his view of the American dream. Deciding to move out of his mother’s decrepit trailer [...]


    6. Reading Kept is like taking a ride on the bullet train: It’s sleek, fast, and dangerous. Jim Arnold’s story grabbed me by the throat and didn’t let up until the desert was littered with bodies, human and otherwise. The twists and turns of the intricate plot lead to a satisfying conclusion, even though it turns out that crime does, after all, pay. And pretty well, too. The novel is peopled with recognizable denizens of the Palm Springs scene, from hot young men to tribal casino employees, s [...]


    7. Kept by Jim ArnoldSly and Pilar Greco are the owners of Greco and Greco. They oversell renovations to older families in Palm Springs, charge them exorbitant interest and when the owners can't pay, Greco and Greco repossesses the properties at a hefty profit. Connor Hurst is an opportunist bisexual who's having sex with both the Greco's. Connor falls for Jorge (George) López (Lopes), an illegal Mexican immigrant. After a quick night of sex, George goes to work for Connor and Greco and Greco.The [...]


    8. I received a promotional copy of Jim Arnold’s “Kept”. Toward the end of the book I was hoping that Mr. Arnold might make a series out of this one. It’s a fine book to sit down and just have a good read with. If you like crime novels peppered with some oooo-la-la to maintain interest, this is a good book for you. Power struggles are a central theme as men and women use their bodies in the hope of climbing one more rung of the ladder to success. Centered in Palm Springs, it is written well [...]


    9. 2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Kept by Jim ArnoldThis was an unusual book, not easy to read, but the author did a great job by sticking by his guns and not yielding to arbitrary genre “conventions.” It took me a two or three chapters to get past the literary feel of it. I had to slow down, and when I did I began to marvel at the craft of it, and the characters began to grow close to my heart. I’d recommend this read to anyone interested in a more literary, less formulaic piece of g [...]


    10. Thank you for choosing me as a winner. The description of this book is really only a tiny bit of the story. There is something I found really sad in this book. Sad that none of the characters had really any trust in each other. Sad that it seemed so easy for each character to remove someone from their life.


    11. At the beginning I was starting to think that there were too many characters and too much going on for one book. However, it's very well written in how he describes the setting in the hot Californian dessert, and brings all the characters together for a page turning crime thriller.



    12. I have to say, I struggled finishing this story. Too much going on and confusing at times. I couldn't force myself to like any of the characters.




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