Title: A World Apart
Author: Mel Gough
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: September 18, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, detective, ex drug addict, sickness, new beginnings
Page Count: 196 pages
Reviewed by: Tosh
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Ben Griers is the darling of Corinth Georgia’s Police Department—intelligent, handsome, and hardworking. Thanks to his beautiful wife and clever daughter, Ben’s family is the envy of the town. Yet desperate unhappiness is hiding just below the surface.
When Donnie Saunders, a deadbeat redneck with a temper, is brought to the Corinth PD as a suspect in a hit-and-run, Ben finds himself surprisingly intrigued by the man. He quickly establishes Donnie’s innocence but can’t shake the feeling that Donnie is hiding something. When they unexpectedly encounter each other again at an AA meeting in Atlanta, sparks begin to fly.
With his marriage on the verge of collapse, Ben is grateful for the other man’s affection. But he is soon struggling to help an increasingly vulnerable Donnie, while at the same time having to deal with the upheaval in his own life. Ben eventually realizes that they cannot achieve happiness together unless they confront their darkest secrets.
Content warning: The book is heavy on the hurt/comfort. There are mentions of child abuse, and realistic descriptions of serious medical issues and symptoms.
This truly was a heartbreaking read for so many different reasons. Reasons that I do not want to give away so I am going to leave this review short and sweet. As far as how much I enjoyed it, I can say that I truly did but it did break my heart and make me cry a few times.
Ben is a police officer and his best friend Jason is his partner. They do not always see eye to eye on everything but they have each other’s backs or at least they do until a guy Jason picked up and brought in for questioning turns out to be innocent and had Jason taking the time to ask the questions he should have asked, he would have known. But the Ben would never have gotten to meet Donnie.
It really is fate that these two men meet. When both need someone the way they do, it was like fate dropped them in each other’s lap.
Things are not easy at all for Donnie. He has so much going on that he literally does not know which way is up or down. When he meets Ben, it could not have been more perfect timing. Just when Donnie is about to give up, Ben is there to catch him and then vice versa. Because Ben was not fairing so well when they met either.
I truly believe these two men needed to be there to catch one another in order to survive everything coming their way.
This was an incredible read about never giving up or giving in even if you feel like there is nothing out there for you because you could turn a corner and everything can change in an instant. Great read!!!
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