Title: Everything Changes (Resilient Love Story #1)
Author: Melanie Hansen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 13, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary/Military/Friends to Lovers/Rockstars
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
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.
Holy shit, I don’t even know where to start with this one. It blew me the fuck away and I am already 25% done reading it for the second time. And it came out less than 24 hours ago! And it is from a brand-spanking-new author, Melanie Hansen. And I put it on my highest honor shelf, the Fuck Yeah, 5+ Stars shelf. Where books from the likes of Kendall McKenna, N.R. Walker and Lynn Kelling live.
OK, as my GoodRead’s friends know, I have my favorites: Military men, hurt/healing/comfort, gay-for-you, friends-to-lovers, sex with intense emotion and of course, dirty talk. This book had ALL of that. And every single element worked for me. Like really, really worked for me. Honest to god, I felt like this was written especially for me! If MC Jase was a Firefighter instead of an EMT, I would probably be looking for cameras in my house, wondering who was pulling my leg.
This lovely story is about two best friends who met in the military. MC Carey Everett (former Marine and current therapist for war veterans) and MC Jase DeSantis (former military EMT and current rockstar) have known each other for 5 years. Jase was the medic that saved Carey’s life in Afghanistan when shrapnel shredded his leg and made him a below-the-knee amputee. The timeline of the book starts with Carey visiting Jase in California for a week’s vacation. We get several very intense flashbacks to their time overseas, including one at about 60% that was difficult to read. A warning to those who are squeamish, it’s pretty graphic, but reading it really helped understand just how much Jase was suffering with his PTSD.
Anyway, the boys start a physical relationship that is absolutely mind-blowing. The sex was off-the-charts. Did I mention dirty talk? The story goes from there to where the boys have to decide what they are going to do about their relationship as Carey lives 800 miles away and loves his therapist job and Jase’s band is a the verge of making it big in the music business.
Of course, I wouldn’t be writing this if the boys didn’t get their HEA. They got a spectacular HEA in a glorious epilogue. Rainbows and kittens and fuzzy bunnies HEA.
Read this book my fellow M/M romance fans. It really does have something for everyone. I haven’t been this excited about a book since Public Display of Everything and The Last Thing He Needs came out. Highly, highly recommended.
OK, I’m done with the fangirling. But it was SO WORTH IT.