Summary

Successful lawyer Jeremy Speer has it all - a loving husband, a beautiful home, and a cherished dream that's about to become reality. He's learned not to take happiness for granted, meeting the challenges of life and love head-on with unwavering commitment and fierce devotion. A series of tragic events leaves Jeremy shattered, adrift on a sea of unimaginable pain. He's able to piece his life back together, but instead of embracing it, he merely exists, using isolation and punishing physical exertion to keep the world at bay.
High school teacher Kai Daniels has a heart for at-risk kids - he was one himself, and a teenage brush with the law and some troubled years behind bars left him scarred inside and out. With courage, hard work, and the support of friends, he's built a fulfilling life that leaves no time for a relationship.
An intense encounter with Kai at a gay club ignites a spark in Jeremy that he thought was extinguished forever, but he's unwilling to destroy the fragile peace he's managed to create, and he leaves Kai humiliated and disappointed. Things should have ended there, but a bizarre occurrence brings the two together in a way neither of them expected.
©2015 Melanie Hansen (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lulu on 06-10-17

Awesome


I loved book one in this series and I'd go as far as saying this one is even better! Again I'm not totally sold on Robert Nieman as a narrator but the overall story is so gripping I just stopped noticing his lack of voice changes in the end.

This book has a very emotional and harrowing start. Jeremy and his husband are trying to cope day by day with Brent's crippling depression whilst also preparing for the imminent arrival of their baby boy via surrogate. In one devastating month Jeremy loses both his husband and his unborn child. This section of the book was exceptionally well written. In audio it had the added depth of hearing the emotion and it really added another layer to the experience.

Kai had a tough life growing up. He made some bad choices and ended up spending a couple of years in Juvie. He's now working as a teacher at a school for children that have failed out of mainstream education and he's so passionate about it. The two first meet on a night out in Portland at a gay club where frankly Jeremy's behaviour was disgusting but thankfully he does realise this straight away.

Their paths cross again back home and thy develop a tentative friendship that with their chemistry eventually leads to more. Jeremy wants to keep Kai firmly in the casual bracket initially but finds himself developing deeper feelings for him. There's plenty of issues for them to work through including Jeremy's irrational fear for Kai's safety when he's driving and Kai keeping things from Jeremy to try and protect him.

Kai's best friend Loren has a big part in this book. Kai and Loren are co dependent in a rather unhealthy way. Loren relies on Kai physically and Kai relies on Loren emotionally and they both eventually accept they need to break the cycle. Seriously cannot wait for Loren's book!

A fabulous story and audiobook. Robert the narrator is marginally growing on me as I get used to him. On to book 3!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Smitten with Reading on 01-07-17

A- rating overall

My Quickie Review:
Overall: 4.25
Performance: 4.5
Story: 4.25

After a pretty brutal start to the story (that first chapter is heartbreaking...so that the reader understands just how much Jeremy has gone through), this book settled into a hot, sexy, and by the end...romantic story. I liked it. I recommend it.

And, yes, I know this is a super-short review...but...I'm good with that. It was a good book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Morgan A Skye on 21-06-17

Really amazing! I'd give it more stars...

The story starts out rough. No holds barred. Jeremy loses his husband and their unborn child first thing. It takes him 2 years to rise from the depression that spurs.

Kai is a former gang member turned teacher. His childhood shaped him and he now works with at-risk kids to give them the chance that he didn’t have.

After meeting as a one time hook-up at a club, Jeremy freaks out and acts like a jerk. Luckily, Kai is truly wonderful and he understands the reasons behind the freak out and forgives Jeremy.

In the beginning they have a sex only, no-strings arrangement, but over time, feelings grow and emotions get involved.

**

This is a breathtakingly beautiful story. It’s so painful at the beginning but it has such a beautiful ending, the pain is worth it.

Melanie Hansen’s writing is perfection. She has improved even since book one (which was wonderful) and there are no rough edges to this book. The story line is clean, thought provoking without being preachy, real and rugged but still very sentimental and romantic. You can see this actually happening but still feel the fairy-tale-ness of the story. (The blazing hot sex helps with that!)

Kai and Jeremy are HOT together. Their chemistry is off the charts. But it’s also really touching and romantic when it needs to be. I loved how they fit each other so well. It’s never a big deal that Jeremy is rich – it’s just there. Kai is independent and always will be so it’s not a big deal. That was very refreshing.

It was nice seeing the happy Jase and Carey bits, seeing them with more of their HEA.

I really, really loved this story. It will count among the year’s best for me and I highly recommend it. (It’s absolutely fine as a stand alone, but book one was great, too.)

6 of 5 stars

Audio


Robert Nieman does a really nice job with this. He doesn’t do any accents or much to differentiate the characters – which I was a bit bummed about – but he’s really good with the emotion and pacing of the story. He knows how to make his voice reflect the tone of the moment and he’s very easy to listen to. His narration absolutely adds to the overall enjoyment of the story and I recommend it highly.

5 of 5 stars

Overall 5 of 5 stars

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