Rating: 4.5 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 really enjoyed this second book in the Resilient Love series. The beginning focuses on Jeremy and how he goes from happy and content in his life to overcome with grief and depression. The first few chapters are incredibly sad and my heart just broke for him. This part of the story takes place in San Diego and you see some of Jase from book one.
The story then jumps in time a few years down the road. Jeremy has put his life back together but just barely. He’s just existing, not really living. A series of dramatic events bring school teacher, Kai, into Jeremy’s life. At first Jeremy pushes Kai away but over time he starts to let his guard down and what follows is a tender and beautiful romance.
I loved both of the main characters. I think it was wise for the author to take the reader through the horror Jeremy goes through, as he goes through it, because it makes you more sympathetic for him when he meets Kai. There are a few scenes were he’s unnecessarily hard on Kai and I might have been more angry if I didn’t understand his pain. Kai was perfect. I really loved his character. He was kind and caring and while he was open to helping Jeremy work through his issues, Kai was never a pushover or a door mat.
The story unfolded in a belieavable manner and by the time the book ended I was super happy to see these two get their happily ever after.
While this is the second book in the series it can be read as a standalone. There are a few scenes with Jase from book one in the beginning and then some with he and Carey together towards the end which was nice.
This book was narrated by Robert Nieman and I felt like he did a really good job. He has a nice voice and he did each character’s voice differently so I always knew who was speaking. He did an equally good job on the side characters as the main characters.
I really enjoyed this audiobook. I felt like the story was excellent and the narration was good. It is something that I would definitely recommend.
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow Designs: I like the cover but it is not one that I think stands out as unique.
Published March 21st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press (first published September 28th 2015)
Original TitleResilient Love
SeriesResilient Love #2