Title: Happily Ever After Isn’t Easy
Author: Jake C Wallace
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 8, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, ex military, councilor, mental illness, hope
Page Count: 217 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
How do you start a new life when your old one won’t let go?
Freed from a marriage he entered because he feared coming out to his judgmental family, Gabe Reynolds feels his life is just starting—at forty-three. But what was supposed to be exciting and wonderful has been nothing but disappointing. The man he’s loved since they were teens broke his heart—again. Gabe has no clue how to meet men who are looking for more than one night, much less date them. Add to that his job as a mental health counselor, helping to keep his mentally ill ex-wife stable, and caring for children that belong to another man, and he has little time to look for Mr. Right.
Just as Gabe is giving up, Brandt Sawyer, with his hard body and gorgeous eyes, crashes into Gabe’s life. Brandt pushes all Gabe’s buttons—though he could do without the younger man’s know-it-all attitude. Gabe never thought he could be so torn between wanting to punch a man and wanting to kiss him. Yet, as he gets to know Brandt, Gabe sees past the military-programmed ex-soldier and catches a glimpse of what could be his happily ever after.
But with a troubled ex and young children involved, Gabe can’t just walk away from his past. Guilt is tearing him in every direction—maybe even away from the man he’s falling in love with.
What a heartbreakingly sad story in some ways and in another way a new way of life and love in another.
Jake C Wallace did such a spectacular job on his book. It is not an easy read because it is a sad reality that so many people have to deal with. Mental illness is such a touchy subject with a lot of people because there is so much negative publicity surrounding the subject in today’s news but Jake took a subject that most people shy away from and wrote a story about mental illness and the affects it not only has on the individual that suffers from mental illness but also those that are close to them and the affects that they have and feel.
Gave us no stranger when it comes to dealing with his ex wife’s illness. The fact that he is a councilor helps when having to help Karen deal with her erratic episodes.
When Gabe has to go to the high school to deal with a situation with one of his patients he meets Brandt and it is definite attraction at first sight but also hate at first speech. The more these two have to deal with people in common and the more they are around one another the more the attraction grows between them.
Can two men with different backgrounds with so much baggage fit into one another’s lives? Or will they find that their issues are just too much for a new relationship?
This was truly an emotional read. There are both high and low points. There is good and bad. Most of all there was devastation and there was hope. This truly was an incredible read and I commend Jake for writing about such a devastating subject.
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