|Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Tree surgeon Aidan Drummond is content with his own company. He works alone, and lives alone, and it doesn’t occur to him to want anything else until a life-changing accident lands him in hospital. Then a glimpse of the beautiful boy in the opposite bed changes everything.
Ludo Giordano is trapped on the ward with a bunch of old men. His mind plays tricks on him, keeping him awake. Then late one night, a new face brings a welcome distraction. Their unlikely friendship is addictive. And, like most things in Ludo’s life, temporary.
Back in the real world, Aidan’s monochrome existence is no longer enough. He craves the colour Ludo brought him, and when a chance meeting brings them back together, before long, they’re inseparable again.
But bliss comes with complications. Aidan is on the road to recovery, but Ludo has been unwell his entire life, and that’s not going to change. Aidan can kiss him as much as he likes, but if he can’t help Ludo when he needs him most, they don’t stand a chance.
“Kiss me again…please?”
Oh, this was a wonderful story. Both Aiden and Ludo are “broken” in different ways but find acceptance and happiness with each other.
Aiden has lived his life just not caring about others but when he gets hurt on the job Ludo is his light while in the hospital. Ludo has lived a life where most people feel that something is wrong with him and doesn’t feel accepted but Aiden spends the time and care to show Ludo he is fine just the way he is. Maybe they were just doing their jobs but I did not like the nurses at the hospital and felt that they were judgmental of these two and didn’t seem to actually care about them.
I really like this author’s writing and how the characters were portrayed. I understand how hard Ludo’s life can be as I live with someone who is bi-polar, though I don’t know much about the mania he experiences. Aiden is grumpy and we can just see that he isn’t happy with life but does enjoy the work he does on the trees, I liked seeing the more cuddly side of him that came out with Ludo. We can see that Ludo just doesn’t expect anyone to stick around or accept him for who he is and I fully blame that on how his parents seemed to have treated him when he was younger and how judgy other people can be.
Cover art by Garrett Leigh is great and I think it works perfect for this story.
Sales Links: Amazon
ebook, 227 pages
Published: June 7, 2019
Edition Language: English