Signs of Life (Gigi’s Review)

Signs of LifeTitle: Signs of Life (Resilient Love Story #2)
Author: Melanie Hansen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 28, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 234
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.2 stars out of 5
Blurb:

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 leave 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.

Signs of Life is the second book in Melanie Hansen’s Resilient Love Story series. The first book Everything Changes was one of my favorite books of 2014. It featured rockstar/EMT Jase and Marine/lower leg amputee Carey. For fans of that book, I am happy to say that we get to see these boys again and witness their swoon-worthy HEA. *dreamy sigh*

There are two things that absolutely define Signs of Life for me.

    1. It is full on angst. Deep sorrow, soul crushing Amy Lane level angst.
    2. The sex is mind-blowing and some of the hottest I’ve read since Ella Frank’s Temptations series.

Let’s start with the angst: In the beginning of the book, Jeremy Speer suffers two life altering events. Literally the worst thing that could happen to a human being happens to him. Twice.

Angst

I ugly cried right away, feeling Jeremy’s acute loss deep in my heart. I instantly feel in love with him and considered making a voodoo doll of Ms. Hansen unless she gave Jeremy a spectacular HEA worthy of gospel singers. (She does give him that, and more, but more about that later. I didn’t end up making that voodoo doll.)

I had to break for some happiness and went to my go-to happy place by watching a few Corgi videos.

cofgi flop
running corgis

The meat and potatoes of the book happens two years after Jeremy’s loss. After drowning his sorrow in drugs and alcohol, Jeremy is fresh from rehab and living in a secluded cabin in Oregon, working on putting his life back together. He meets Kai Daniels, alternative school teacher and former gang member, in a club in Portland and the two have ridiculously hot anonymous sex in a back ally. They meet again several months later when Kai volunteers to supervise a group on teens (who vandalized Jeremy’s house) in a clean-up community service. They eventually start a friends-with-benefits sexual relationship that quickly becomes more for both men. And the sex? OMG, the sex!

Jeremy’s voice was guttural as he whispered, “I want to strip you naked and spread you out on my bed, hold you down while I lick and suck every inch of your body. I want to taste you, fuck you with my fingers and tongue until you’re crying for my cock.” As he spoke he tugged on the piercing, flicking his thumbnail over the hard tip of Kai’s nipple.

signs of life

Kai flattened his chest against the granite, stretching his arms over his head to grip the opposite edge of the counter as he gave himself up to Jeremy’s use, and Jeremy pulled up on Kai’s hips, yanking him to his toes as he gave him long, hard strokes, looking down and growling at the sight of his bare cock, slick with Kai’s own come…

Yes, the boys fall in love and, yes, we get a fantastic epilogue with the boys riding off into the sunset, hand in hand.

The angst is great folks, but if you push through the sadness, you will be greatly rewarded with hot monkey-sex and a great romance.

Recommended.

Resilient Love Story Series

SIDENOTE

The next book in the series will feature Kai’s best friend Loren. I’m not going to get into their relationship too much (I’ll save that for my review of Loren’s book titled Unquiet) but I will tell you that Kai and Loren’s relationship really bothered me. The saving grace here was that both Kai and Loren eventually realize how dysfunctional they were together and Loren moves to Phoenix. And, no, there is no cheating.

Author Inspiration

jeremyJeremy Speer – knows what it’s like to lose it all. With pure determination, he’s fought his way back from the brink of self-destruction, wanting to honor the lives of those he loved by moving forward as best he can. It’s not easy, and every day is a struggle, but Jeremy has found a tenuous inner peace that he will do anything to hang on to. Falling in love with Kai is not part of the plan.

kaiKai Daniels – had a rough start in life, but he refuses to let it define him. He’s a passionate teacher and advocate for at-risk kids, wanting more than anything to spare them the pain he endured. Helpless to resist the man with the shattered heart, Kai puts his own heart on the line without reservation, knowing love is always worth the risk. Click here for more about Melanie’s inspiration for Kai.

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Advanced Review Copy

Advanced review copy of Signs of Life provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Author

I love a man in uniform! Cops, Firefighters, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, they are my favorite! I also love some angst in a good story and friends-to-lovers. M/M erotica alone doesn’t do it for me. It’s gotta have a story and some conflict. BDSM when I’m in that mood and threesomes with 3 men or 2 men and 1 woman, again when the mood strikes. Hetero? Sure, if it’s really good. HEA ONLY!

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