Caught Inside (A Boys on the Brink Novel)


Luke believes he has his life figured out…and then he meets Theo.

It should have been simple—a summer spent with his girlfriend Zara at her family’s holiday cottage in Cornwall. Seventeen-year-old Luke Savage jumps at the chance, envisioning endless hours of sunbathing on the private beach and riding the waves on his beloved surfboard. He isn’t interested in love. Though his rugged good looks and lazy charm mean he can have his pick of girls, he has no intention of falling for anyone.

Nothing prepares Luke for his reaction to Theo, the sensitive Oxford undergraduate who is Zara’s cousin and closest friend. All at once, he is plunged along a path of desire and discovery that has him questioning everything he thought he knew about himself. No one, especially Zara, must find out; what he and Theo have is too new, too fragile. But as the deceit spirals beyond their control, people are bound to get hurt, Luke most of all.

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  • Rainbow Award winner for Best Gay YA Novel
  • Rainbow Award winner for Best Gay Debut
  • Lambda Literary Award nominee for Best Gay Romance
  • Bisexual Book Award nominee for Best Young Adult Book
  • Next Generation Indie Book Award nominee for Best LGBT Fiction

What Readers Say

“In wave scoring, Caught Inside by Jamie Deacon would be a perfect ten. But I’ll give it five gripping stars. The descriptive language is flowing and addictive. The characterizations are genuine and layered. The dialogue is realistic and dynamic. I thoroughly enjoyed Caught Inside and I look forward to Jamie Deacon’s next book.“ — Mia Kerick

“The way Jamie deals with the aspects of sexuality, and where people are located on the spectrum is award-worthy. Young men will be eternally grateful to have Luke as a role model on their journey out of their own closets.” — Hans M. Hirschi

“The chemistry between Luke and Theo is sizzling! The kisses they share as well as the touches and looks that Jamie writes about are written so well that I swear I could feel them myself. It felt just like real life when I was reading these young peoples story. Strike me very impressed!” — Rainbow Gold Reviews

“From the exquisite writing, where the metaphors were so beautifully entwined in the fast prose that you had to look twice to realise they were there, to the quick pace combined with great character development, to the realistic and important plot, this was the best book I’ve read all year.” — Christina Philippou

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Excerpt from Caught Inside

We take our food onto the terrace to eat, washing it down with a steady flow of beer. After we’ve demolished a tub of Rocky Road ice cream, Theo heads indoors and reappears with a bottle of Bourbon and two glasses. I lose all sense of time passing. Only the sky, darkening as the sun slips below the treetops and a velvety night closes around us, bears witness to how long we sit there.

And we talk. We talk about anything and everything and nothing at all. We debate England’s performance in the Six Nations, the arguments for legalising cannabis, and whether Sam or Aragorn is the true hero of The Lord of the Rings. Once we start, we can’t stop. We throw subjects back and forth, exchanging smiles of comradeship when our views coincide, challenging one another when they don’t. And all the while I’m conscious of being on the edge of something, something new, unknown.

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