A Stella Review : Digging Deep by Jay Hogan

RATING 4,5 out of 5 stars

A Digging Deep Story 

Drake Park has a complicated life. As a gay male midwife, he’s used to raising eyebrows. Add Crohn’s disease and things get interesting—or not, considering the sad state of his love life. Experience has taught Drake that most men are fair-weather sailors when it comes to handling his condition—gone for dust when things get rough. Staying healthy is a full-time job without adding in any heartbreak, so a little loneliness is a small price to pay. If he says it often enough he might even believe it. One thing for sure, the cop who arrested him isn’t about to change that.

Caleb Ashton does not have a complicated life. A senior detective with the Whangarei Police Department, he likes his job and is good at it. He works hard and plays hard, happy to enjoy as many men as he can while he’s still young enough—or at least he was. These days he feels adrift for the first time in his life, and the only thing sparking his interest—a certain prickly young midwife.

But can Drake find enough faith to risk opening his heart again? And does Caleb have what it takes to cope with the challenges Drake’s condition presents?

I picked this new release by Jay Hogan because as soon as I read the blurb I was intrigued. First of all I think I have never read about a male midwife in the mm genre, sure never about a character with the Crohn’s disease, which sadly I know very well. So I was curious and quickly finished it.

Both main characters caught my interest, they were both greatly defined, so positive and brave no matter what. Of course Drake took my heart, how careful and tuned with his body he was, ready to understand each little sign he felt. The way he acted, during his work days, or with his friends, the way he felt to protect himself with a new lover, all seemed to me very real. I think it wasn’t easy to portrait a character who had a very important and disabling disease like Crohn’s is, the author did an amazing job, she wrote with a gentleness every little real aspect of this disease. Plus, I liked how Caleb was depicted too. Apart from the beginning, where he acted as an ass, ignoring and not listening to Drake explanations, I loved how he soon understood where he did wrong. Once he set his eyes on the other man, he tried to learn everything he could about the disease, tried to be ready to every necessity. Still there were doubts and little accidents that could happen, but he seemed ready to face his life with the love of his life.

I can’t wait to read the next installment in the Digging Deep series, I deeply loved the homonymic new release, don’t miss it, it’s engaging, packed with emotions, I shed a couple of tears and a lot of laughs, it’s not a shallow story, I was engaged till the last word. I feel to recommend it.

The cover art by kanaxa is awesome like everything this artist does, I like it so much.

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK |  | Universal Link


ebook, 1st edition, 354 pages

Published August 6th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN13 9781644054192

Edition Language English

Series Digging Deep #1

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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