Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
This was a sweet love story, though it was insta-love, and oddly, it was written in first person POV, alternating between Jack and Warwick. I’m definitely not a fan of first person, nor am I a fan of insta-love, especially in this case where Jack had been living with an abuser. But, the author pulled it off and gave us an engaging story complete with HEA.
Jack was beaten and raped by his long-time lover, Greg, and escaped with his life, his wallet, and his phone. The last time he was in the ER he was treated by Dr. Warwick Aldridge, who gave Jack his card and info on the abuse hotline. When Jack ended up in a McDonald’s bathroom, bleeding from face wounds, he called Warwick and thus begins his journey to a better life.
Warwick is originally from England, and when they find out Greg obtained Jack’s new phone number and has been hanging around the hospital looking for him, Warwick suggests a trip to England where he can see his family and Jack can feel safe.
Only two weeks have gone by, yet Warwick calls Jack “love” and Jack returns his affection with simple touches and kisses. Though somewhat believable, with Jack’s inability to forget Greg, his trembling at the man’s name, his startle reflex when someone touches him, it is difficult to believe the two could be in love by the time the four weeks in England is up. There’s kissing and sex and plans for the future. But when Warwick is contacted by Greg, Jack chickens out and decides to stay in England. Is there hope for these two in a long distance relationship? Well, there’s still plenty of action after this point, including another appearance by Greg.
It’s an interesting story, the characters are engaging, and the action fast-paced. Only 127 pages, the story evolves quickly. To be honest, the first person voice wasn’t as bad as some I’ve read, but it does keep me from enjoying it thoroughly. And falling in love so quickly, especially for characters in their thirties who’ve held out so long already is a bit much to take.
Against the dark background of the cover by Melissa Albin, all that can be seen of two men are their entwined arms and their hands linked with the fingers pointing downward forming a heart. It’s very clever and grabs attention.
ebook, 127 pages
Expected publication: September 14th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press