Description: Neil Dalton’s foundation is already cracking. Grief, guilt, and PTSD have ruled his life since a terrible crime tore his world apart last year, and he’s dreading a holiday visit with the family he simultaneously needs and resents. Then someone from his past shows up and rattles that shaky foundation right out from under him.
First a war nearly destroyed Jeremy Kelley. Then his family threw him out when he needed them the most, and now he’s barely holding on emotionally. He spends his last dollar to get to Chicago and prays his former best friend doesn’t leave him out in the cold.
Together, Neil and Jeremy spend the holidays with Neil’s family in their hometown of Omaha. They struggle to deal with families, flashbacks… and feelings that haven’t even begun to fade since their last failed attempt at more than friends. As they try to repair their fractured psyches and rebuild damaged bridges, they rely on each other more than ever, but they can’t deny the mutual attraction that’s existed since before they were both emotionally battered and scarred. If they couldn’t make it work back then, how in the world can they pull it off now?
Rating: 4/5 stars
Cover: It really fits.
Review: I haven’t read something so bittersweet in quite some time. Both characters are hurting so much and I wanted to hug them and slap their families at the same time.
As you can read in the description this book deals with loss and PTSD (Homophobia as well, so if that triggers you…?). And I really liked how it was done. A lot of the time there is one character who suffers from PTSD and then they find someone they fall in love with and they are healed, just like that. That’s not the way it is. And it’s not the way it is in this book.
You get to know Neil and Jeremy very well thanks to the changing perspective each chapter. Sometimes those changes are confusing, but luckily not here.
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