Rating: 5 stars out of 5
There’d forever been a thread running through Trevor Estes’s life—his son, Riley, strong and constant like a heartbeat. But when Riley is killed in combat, everything in Trevor’s life unravels into a mess he doesn’t know how to mourn.
Then Jesse Byrne, Riley’s friend and platoon mate, arrives on Trevor’s doorstep with a box of Riley’s things. Jesse’s all-too-familiar grief provides an unlikely source of comfort for Trevor: knowing he’s not alone is exactly what he needs.
Trevor never imagined he’d find someone who fills his heart with hope again. As the pair celebrate Riley’s memory, their unique bond deepens into something irreplaceable—and something neither man can live without.
But diving into a relationship can’t be so simple. Being together means Trevor risking the last link he has to his son…leaving Jesse to wonder if he’ll ever be enough, or if Trevor will always be haunted by the past.
Be prepared for Point of Contact by Melanie Hansen to break your heart and leave you sobbing on multiple occasions. You have to figure that from the synopsis but the actual reading of it will rend your heart into little pieces, especially if you have children of your own.
All due to Hansen’s terrific writing and beautiful characterizations. In Point of Contact we actually get to know and come to love Riley, the son and center of Trevor Estes’ life. Through countless scenes of family intimacy that will seem so familiar to those with children, we connect with their fierce bond and familial love, and we watch with gut wrenching horror because we know the pain that’s approaching the oblivious father and son. And no, you can’t and won’t want to stop reading.
Everything that happens within this story are events that happens to families everywhere. Sons and daughters die in combat overseas leaving their grieving parents to try and deal with their deaths, their absences, their lack of futures…everything. In part, this story deals with one father’s grief and inability to deal with his son’s death. Point of Contact and the author takes us with Trevor and Jesse from the moment Riley dies. For Jesse, he’s there and that will impact him and their squad for the rest of their lives. For Trevor? It’s a ring of his doorbell and two military men with a somber duty to carry out.
All the intertwining threads here that continually bring Jesse and Trevor together with their love of Riley being the magnetic force and his love for them holding them all together. Hanson also works with both Jesse’s and Trevor’s PTSD along with their deep-seated grief, problems within Riley and Jesse’s squad of survivor guilt and many more authentic elements pertaining to subject such as these. All handled with sensitivity, believability, and great respect.
Flowing through all this is the growing relationship between Trevor and Jesse. I love how the author builds the relationship between these two men as they work their way through their loss and pain. I felt their sorrow and yes, anger, and connected to them emotionally on this journey to love and HEA. What an deeply moving story.
I loved this story and I highly recommend it.
Cover art is ok. Its hard to tell if one man is older than the other.
ebook, 451 pages
Expected publication: March 26th 2018 by Carina Press