Connection (Evan and Jeremy #1)

Author: Brigham Vaughn

Publisher: Self

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel in a Series

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: After a lifetime of being told he’s worthless, shy, sheltered Evan Harris is forced out of the closet and kicked out of his home. Friends in Atlanta give him a place to stay while he gets on his feet, but despite his eagerness to explore the city, it isn’t exactly what he expected.

Physically and emotionally scarred from a devastating car accident, Jeremy Lewis struggles to reconcile the brash, outgoing man he used to be with the social recluse he’s become.

Loneliness draws them to each other, but a strong mutual attraction isn’t enough to overcome their pasts. In order to be together, Evan must discover his own worth and Jeremy must trust someone to see past his scars.

 

Review:  This was my first book by this author. I knew pretty quickly I’d missed something from a previous book with the introduction of Russ and Stephen the couple from the blurb who help out our MC, Evan. This book features characters from a series called Equals by this author which is the story of how Russ and Stephen came to be. Another tie in is the love interest in Connection is Stephen’s ex. I know I missed some back story by not reading the books from this world before Connection, however the author does a good job of informing me enough to follow along. I don’t think you have to read them to enjoy this story but personally I think knowing all the details of the back story might have helped me enjoy this book more.

Evan is fired from his job after almost kissing a guy at his uncle’s funeral home where he works. News travels fast because his drunk abusive husband also kicks Evan out of his house. Evan is shy and doesn’t have any friends or family to turn to. He remembers meeting Russ and his offer to help. Russ and his partner Stephen tell Evan to come stay with them in Atlanta. They’re very supportive while Russ finds a job and an apartment of his own. An engagement party thrown by the couple introduces him to Stephen’s ex Jeremy. Jeremy was once young and carefree. After a horrific accident he’s left scarred both physically and mentally. He has lasting medical problems. Basically he’s just not up to having a relationship. Not even with Evan who he wants badly. Evan wants him too but Jeremy continuously reaffirms the “friends only” status of their relationship.

I really liked Jeremy. He struggles constantly with the man he was before and after the accident. The moments he forgets his restrictions only to have them rear their ugly head are sad and I understand his frustration. It’s like he’s being held back in some way. Jeremy has fought hard to get some semblance of his life back but it’s a constant struggle. He wants to have sex but his body objects to the strain it puts on him. He also has great shame about his scars. Jeremy won’t even look at them. I totally felt his disgust with himself which is pretty heartbreaking. Jeremy handles it all pretty well most of the time. He knows his limitations and tries to do his best to live a normal life. That all gets a little harder after he falls for Evan. Evan is a virgin. He’s never even kissed a guy. He knows he wants to but he’s really not into just hooking up for the sake of it. Evan wants a relationship with someone who cares about him. He forms a friendship with Jeremy but secretly wants more.

Now being as I hadn’t read the previous books I didn’t realize this author spreads out her story over a few books. That being said I was a little concerned when our MCs hadn’t even met 80 pages into the 170 page book. To be fair they both had to figure out their lives. I just didn’t realize this wouldn’t be one book and an HEA. Not really the author’s fault but I feel like mentioning that this book is open ended. I liked the book well enough. I’m sure I’d like the second one better because I couldn’t help but feel like we were just getting to the good part where they finally give into their attraction and it ends! So be prepared to have book 2 handy.

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