Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Successful lawyer Jeremy Speer has it all—a loving husband, a beautiful home, and a cherished dream that’s about to become reality. He’s learned not to take happiness for granted, meeting the challenges of life and love head-on with unwavering commitment and fierce devotion. A series of tragic events leave Jeremy shattered, adrift on a sea of unimaginable pain. He’s able to piece his life back together, but instead of embracing it, he merely exists, using isolation and punishing physical exertion to keep the world at bay.
High school teacher Kai Daniels has a heart for at-risk kids—he was one himself, and a teenage brush with the law and some troubled years behind bars left him scarred inside and out. With courage, hard work, and the support of friends, he’s built a fulfilling life that leaves no time for a relationship.
An intense encounter with Kai at a gay club ignites a spark in Jeremy that he thought was extinguished forever, but he’s unwilling to destroy the fragile peace he’s managed to create, and he leaves Kai humiliated and disappointed. Things should have ended there, but a bizarre occurrence brings the two together in a way neither of them expected.
I found this author by her first story “Everything Changes (Resilient Love #1) by Melanie Hansen“. Everything Changes it was just an okay read. I didn’t connect with the characters, so when I found out she was releasing something else with different characters I was game. I read it and gave it a shot. Unfortunately, it turned out about the same for me.
I’m a fairly resilient person myself, but for me certain terms used in the first half of the story turned me off. I personally don’t like to read about them in my fictional world. I accept that it was the author’s writing and she was telling a story, but I couldn’t let it go. Not really. But I didn’t want this to be a DNF. No I persevered through it, even though once again the connection for mc wasn’t there. One of my favorite tropes, second chance love and major hurt/comfort was in the blurb and I thought I could find myself with this author. I didn’t feel an ounce of anything until 75% of the story. It got manageable by then.
I don’t like filler items in my story and they were a lot here. I think the writing was good, but it felt out of focus for me. Even through the emotional and heartbreaking moments I felt nothing. I liked that both mc’s went through some things, and are survivors. I think she did okay with their back story. Still the overall the connection just was not there. I wanted to like these two together so much, but it felt forced instead of happening on its own. Maybe this will be a different book for you.
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow Designs (cover photo credit provided by Andrew Christian) I see him as being to young for Kai as well as too clean. Kai is someone who has been through some physical as well as emotional things in his life so I expect to see the rugged and the wear and tear. This cover model just seems to pretty for me.