I Choose Pain Reviews

"It is an excellent read. Phenomenal!"   - E. Coleman 

 "I’m losing too much sleep at night reading this book! I love the character development and the way it is told from the four different voices!" - I. Jackson

"This book is HOT, HOT, HOT!" - M. McKinney

"From the moment I turned the first page I was hooked. I loved the way the author introduced the friends and let us into their life. Relationships are tough and filled with a host of emotions. I can relate. The author did a good job of telling the story and left me wanting more." - E. Porter

"'I Choose Pain' is a fantastic novel! This story had me hooked from beginning to end. Beautifully written with tales of a friendship that is relatable & entertaining throughout. You will not regret making this purchase." - M. Colyer

"I’m not really a book reader but this book grabbed my attention from the beginning. Me being an black gay male living in DC I felt a connection with every chapter in this book. Excellent Book"- Patron from Washington DC

"What wonderful explanations and reliving of the lives and attitudes of same gender loving brothers of color over many years! Stories interwoven intricately developing characters known so well. Hurts and fears, friendships and discoveries, supported by heart retching naked truths. I Choose Pain is therapy sessions told over many years. Exciting and worth the read." - A. Head

"I tend to read a broad variety of subject matter. When it comes to LGBT books with people of color being the leads, its not often that they are depicted in such a realistic light. The author managed to weave a story depicting bigotry, abuse, drugs, disease, murder- yet the love, acceptance, and perseverance is what stood out. Well done." - Theresa from Amazon

"From page one, the characters in this book had my full attention. It was so superbly written and such detail was given that I felt like I knew every one of the four main friends personally. The story line and plot kept me guessing all the way and wanting more. I can clearly see this story as a movie. Also, the author's written voice reminds me a lot of E. Lynn Harris, the critically-acclaimed author. However, Eros da Artiste is a younger, hipper version who leaves nothing unsaid. This book far exceeded my expectations. Grab a copy, curl up on a couch and dive in." - K. Webber

"Rating: 5/5


This book exceeded my expectations. ‘I Choose Pain’ is an adult story that digs through layers of not only the struggles of a Black man, but a gay man, and a human being. Before I get into this review, I must say that this book is on my list of favs so far! Just when I thought the drama couldn’t get any more riveting, I was taken by surprise.


This story follows the lives of four men living in Baltimore. Lionel, who is the main narrator, along with his close friends Peep, Corey and JoJo. The first few chapters detail the lives of these men, taking us through their childhoods and showing us the raw, and devastating events that shaped them into the men they have become. While the story seems to center more around Lionel than the others, I must say that Corey’s backstory got to me the most. His recollection of childhood abuse and being a foster child, was emotionally hard to read, and all too realistic for Black children in the system. The backstories of these men was most definitely the highlight of the book for me. It allowed me to become invested in these characters, clinging to the pages, and wanting to see how things turned out in the end for each of them. Even the secondary characters shined through, which is always a thumbs up for the author, and essential for a memorable story.


This book was pretty long, but the word count is definitely justified. Although there are few parts that could’ve been trimmed down a bit or cut out completely, (ex. Some of the lengthy dialogue and exposition). But overall Eros did a great job writing this story, and creating these three dimensional characters. I believe the ending gave the readers what we wanted, closing out with a satisfying epilogue. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read. I call this book ‘The Black gay version of Sex & the City’ when describing it to friends. If that sounds like something that would be up your alley, don’t hesitate to pick up a copy!" -

C. Hardy from CHardy Publications