Title: Change of Address
Author: Jordan S. Brock
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: October 24, 2016
Page Count: 312 pages
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Air Force sergeant Michael Baldwin wanted nothing more than to escape his family’s political ambitions, but his dream of freedom was shattered by an enemy bullet to the head. Two years later, he and his service dog, Kaylee, resist his father’s demand to join him on the campaign trail—where a photogenic “wounded warrior” is always an asset—and instead return to the family’s summer home on Hartsbridge Island.
There Michael and his beautiful German shepherd capture the attention of Josh Goldberg, co-owner of the local bagel shop. Josh has a knack for business and a killer repertoire of his bubbe’s recipes. But lack of education undermines his confidence, and Josh’s father doesn’t share his ambition for the restaurant’s future.
Chicken soup and bacon might be the way to Michael’s heart, but he and Josh need time to learn about everything that comes after—lessons that Governor Baldwin and his relentless ambition will do anything to thwart. Letting someone in is a tall order for two men who can’t trust themselves, but if they have any hope of a future together, that’s exactly what they’ll need to do.
Hurt/healing/comfort! Ex-military! Service dog! Hat trick!
Michael is an ex-Air Force sergeant who took a bullet to the head and is now permanently disabled. He has severe PTSD and trouble with his memory and spacial awareness. His service dog Kaylee helps sooth his panic attacks and function in everyday life.
Looking to start over, he moves to his childhood vacation home on an island in New Hampshire. There he meets restaurant owner Josh, a man full of life and love.
I expected to love this one given the fabulous blurb, but it failed to pack that hurt/healing/comfort punch that puts butterflies in my stomach. Michael tells Josh about his injuries and his anxiety symptoms, but Josh plays a very, very small role in any comfort. This is due to the fact that Michael has a service dog who knows exactly what to do when Michael has a panic attack and Josh knows not to interfere with their bond. That is absolutely the correct way to handle the situation, but it takes away from the character’s comforting each other and leaves hurt/healing/comfort junkies like me in the cold.
Another point I need to make about this book is the fact that, while these are two grown men in their late 20’s/early 30’s, their relationship is very teen-first-love. The sex was pretty tame and the romance a bit wishy/washy.
“I love you,” Michael thought, though he didn’t say it. He wanted to give Josh a kiss, but he didn’t want to wake him up. Instead, he kissed his own fingertip and touched it lightly to Josh’s cheek..
I can recommend this book to folks who want an easy read of two men slowly and cautiously falling in love with a scenic New Hampshire island backdrop, but those looking for hardcore healing/comfort should look elsewhere.
Kaylee was my favorite part of the book. 🙂