Author: Posy Roberts
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
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Blurb: You need people to love you, especially when you shove them away.
A bomb destroyed high-powered lawyer Gil Lemieux’s seemingly perfect life, and PTSD has ruled every decision since the explosion that left him scarred inside and outside. Moving home with his mom is meant to be a temporary measure, just like proofreading for a medical editorial firm is meant to be a stopgap. But two years after taking on the wrong court case, he’s still living in fear.
Keith Kramer might be based 1,500 miles away from Gil, but their shared work brings them together—a chance meeting that’s life-changing. Gil is drawn to Keith’s good looks and intelligence, but it’s his innate understanding that Gil is more than the scars on his skin that is truly attractive. He’s everything Gil used to be and more. It blows Gil’s mind that his attraction might be returned.
Only doubt could widen the distance between them. Keith’s hopefulness, borne out of surviving some tough challenges of his own, isn’t enough to bridge the distance alone. Gil will need to believe he has as much to offer as Keith if they’re to build a life together.
Review: This was a very sweet emotional read. Two men find their lives altered after violent acts cause them physical disfigurements. Gil is an ex lawyer turned medical copywriter who suffers from PTSD and has scars visible to anyone looking but the ones inside are the worst. Keith also has some scars on the inside but he can’t physically overcome the damage done to the outside. A work trip brings Gil from his home office in Arizona to Minnesota where he meets Keith. They both feel the attraction. Something neither has really felt in a while. Both men work for the same company but since Gil is heading back to Arizona they don’t really see it as an office romance. More just taking what the other is offering. So they spend a wonderful night together that leaves both men wanting so much more.
Gil Is at a very low place in this book. He’s terrified of noises or going anywhere with large amounts of people because of his panic attacks. Gil has fallen so low he’s starting a new career later in life because the idea of handling the pressure of the courtroom is just too much to think about. He can’t even go to the grocery store by himself. Gil also struggles with the scars on his face, head and neck and the confidence issues that gives him. He’s lost his looks, his career and his independence when he had to move in with his mother. Gil can not see what kind of man would be attracted to him and he’s pretty much given up on his chance at love or even just sex.
Keith’s accident leaves him crippled. He goes from fierce confidence to anger and feeling low. He’s much further in his recovery than Gil. His injury is a wait and see type of thing. He’ll always have limitations but he holds out hope it’s the doctor’s best case scenario instead of the worst case. Amputation. Gil abstained from sex after his injury. Keith tried to screw his way through the pain. They’re very different but have that connection of life kicking them in balls. Keith sees something in Gil from the beginning. Together they don’t have to pretend.
This book was pretty depressing for the most part. I knew that going in so just make sure you’re in the right head space for this book. It’s not at all dark but the content in pretty heavy. There was a happy ending but the majority of the book is their struggle to keep going and find happiness again. It gets easier when they have each other but they’re practically strangers who fall for each other after one night and a few phone calls. There are so many obstacles in their way but they’ve found something they thought they’d lost the chance at when they were injured. Love.
Romance lovers will probably eat this one up. It was maybe a tad too sweet for me personally but these poor guys deserve it. I thought their stories seemed pretty realistic. I really liked Keith. I think I’d be like him a mix of hope and anger. Over why this happened to me and why I can’t just make it better. The story is told from Gil’s POV but I felt Keith’s pain and love for Gil. If you’re in the mood for a story about two broken guys falling in love I’d say check this one out. The balance of sad and sweet really works here if that’s what you’re in the mood for.