Synopsis: A Resilient Love Story
What happens when friendship catches fire?
Former Marine and lower-leg amputee Carey Everett keeps a grueling schedule of counseling fellow war veterans and their families. The injury he received in Afghanistan forces him to rely on a reserve of strength he didn’t even know he had. A much deserved vacation will let him reconnect with his best friend, who saved his life and has been there for him through devastating injury and painful recovery.
Part-time EMT and aspiring singer Jase DeSantis has been in love with Carey for years, but he’s come to accept that his straight friend will never be able to offer more. Jase fills his days with band rehearsals, ambulance shifts, and willing groupies, all while trying to cope with debilitating PTSD.
A week of sun, fun, and music in San Diego changes Jase and Carey’s lives forever when their relationship takes an unexpected turn. Jase has been longing for that change, but it leaves Carey reeling with confusion. As Jase fights to hold things together, Carey deals with doubts, fears, and his own preconceived notions about labels and the true nature of love.
Review: I was not sure what to really expect with this one. It's a bit of the best friend goes gay/bi for his best friend, but it's a bit more than that. Carey and Jase both have their own very evident flaws. Jase is so used to taking care of others that he seems to neglect himself. Carey has been so absorbed in himself with the tragedy and recovery that he hasn't paid attention to the suffering of his best friend. The way they come together works in a non eye rolling way, and there are several moments that I found particularly moving
Drako is an author and blogger, writing paranormal romance and LGBT fiction and reading almost any genre to review.