Title: Block and Strike
Author: Kelly Jensen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 6, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, broken souls, mild violence, health scare, starting over, ex con
Page Count: 294 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Jacob Kendricks is three months out of prison, estranged from his daughter, and ready to get his life on track. Taking care of the bum curled up on his doorstep isn’t part of the plan. When he realizes the man has been assaulted, Jake takes him to the hospital, where he learns that Max is his downstairs neighbor… and that he could really use a friend. Keeping Max in the friend-zone would be easier if he wasn’t so damned cute.
Maxwell Wilson has been bullied for years, and the only person who ever cared lives too far away to come to his rescue. Now his upstairs neighbor is offering support. Max remains cautious, suspecting he is little more than a project for the handsome Jake. When he learns Jake has had boyfriends as well as girlfriends, Max has to reevaluate his priorities—and muster the courage to take a chance at love.
Just when a happy future is within their grasp, life knocks them back down. A devastating blow leaves Max lower than ever and Jake wrestling with regret. They both have to find the strength to stand on their own before they can stand together.
This is a book about being broken in more ways then one and finding the strength to go and keep hoping for something better.
Max was definitely broken when Jake found him on his doorstep, which also turned out was Max’s doorstep also. Max had been badly beaten and left for dead.
Jake was scared not only for Max but also for himself if anyone believed that he had done this too him. Jake has only been out of prison for 6 months and if blames for this then he will end back up in the place that he never wants to see again.
Turns out Max was jumped by two men and Jake was the one who was his knight and shining armor finding him and then taking an interest in making sure that he was not only ok but that he was taking care of himself properly. These two slowly became friends but Max was having issues with crushing on Jake and not knowing that he too was gay or at the least bi.
When Max finds out, it sends him in a tail spin but after some time to work through his issues he talks to Jake and realizes that both men want the same thing, each other.
It is a lot of work that goes on between them because there is so much more to learn about the other and when things seem to be on the right track something else occurs and tries to come between them.
Then Max ends up having to fight a battle that he never expected to have to ever fight, to stay alive.
It is hard for both Max and Jake but if they can make it through this health scare they just have a fighting chance at a life together.
This is such a great read about two broken men in their own respects with their own issues coming together to learn to both cope with their issues. But not only that but they figure out together how to navigate through their new relationship and all the ups and downs. Such an amazing story about strength and perseverance. Truly a wonderful story!!
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