Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Sometimes it will disappoint you
Sometimes it will kick you in the balls
Sometimes it will make you so happy you feel like you can fly
And sometimes, just sometimes, it will do all of those things.
The kick in the balls, both literally and figuratively, happened to Noah Pierce a long time ago. Ten years to be exact, when, to cap off a brutal and horrendous four-year relationship with the man who claimed to love him, that man buried a butcher knife in his side. It was the final wound in a seemingly endless cycle of bruises, cuts, breaks, sprains and other things that sent him to the hospital. He thought he was going to die. But when he opened his eyes in that ER room and saw a stranger with kind yet determined eyes looking back at him and with his boyfriend nowhere in sight, Noah knew that life was going to change for him. And it did.
For ten years he was stronger, he was better, he was……hollow.
He didn’t realize that last part until he saw one man. One pair of haunting blue eyes beside the very man who had ruined Noah all those years ago. One pair of frightened eyes. One pair of hollow, hopeless eyes that Noah couldn’t have walked away from if he tried…..because someone else hadn’t walked away from him all those years ago.
Noah didn’t realize it at the time, but by saving Jesse Miller from the clutches of his ex, he was going to learn to fly…..
Trigger warning: This book contains mentions of past sexual abuse.
This was a story with two men who help save each other. Noah has basically been surviving since escaping his abusive ex ten years ago but helping Jesse escape the same man gives him a chance to really start living. Jesse has a different but still abusive experience with the man but he clings to the man he knows will understand and help him heal.
Morgan helped Noah escape and also gave him a job and something to focus his life. He stands beside Jesse and Noah to stand up to their abuser but also to not allow them to push either away. Jesse is finally able to grow into the man he was meant to be.
I liked both of these characters and while they were both damaged in different ways they find way to help each other. I could feel Noah’s fear that he couldn’t be the good man that Jesse needed but I loved watching Jesse and their friends help him through his doubt. Jesse is so much stronger than he thinks and many of his action prove that but with the support of Noah he feels that he can succeed and get over what he has gone through. I loved all the characters in the book and look forward to reading more about them. I may even go and read some of Kendel’s other series too.
The cover art by Dara Nelson is nice and has a nice picture of the characters together and I love the connection to Noah’s tattoo.
Sales Links: Amazon
ebook, 347 pages
Published: September 18, 2017 by Dare Press
Edition Language: English
Series: Doyle Global Securities #1