Title: Point of Contact
Author: Melanie Hansen
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: March 26th 2018
Page Count: 451
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Only love can heal an impossibly broken heart
There’d forever been a thread running through Trevor Estes’s life—his son, Riley, strong and constant like a heartbeat. But when Riley is killed in combat, everything in Trevor’s life unravels into a mess he doesn’t know how to mourn.
Then Jesse Byrne, Riley’s friend and platoon mate, arrives on Trevor’s doorstep with a box of Riley’s things. Jesse’s all-too-familiar grief provides an unlikely source of comfort for Trevor: knowing he’s not alone is exactly what he needs.
Trevor never imagined he’d find someone who fills his heart with hope again. As the pair celebrate Riley’s memory, their unique bond deepens into something irreplaceable—and something neither man can live without.
But diving into a relationship can’t be so simple. Being together means Trevor risking the last link he has to his son…leaving Jesse to wonder if he’ll ever be enough, or if Trevor will always be haunted by the past.
“…there are chunks of my heart that are missing and I’m not sure will ever grow back. But Jess—”
Trevor got to his knees, and he put his hands on Jesse’s shoulders. “All I can tell you is that everything that’s left is one hundred percent yours.”
Point of Contact is a masterpiece. I’m 100% sure that it’s the best MM book out there that deals with grief. Brilliant, evocative writting, insightful narrative, and characters that the reader can’t help to empathise with.
So why not 5 full stars?
Because despite the glorious and hopeful HEA, I’m still so sad. And as a reader, I want my books to tear my heart apart but put it back together.
If you’ve read Melanie Hansen’s Signs of Life, you must remember how you got gut punched from the word go. Remember how these first pages made you feel? Now take that and multiply it by ten.
The thing is that up until 35% we got to know Riley (Trevor’s son) pretty well. As readers, we witnessed his birth, his childhood, his decision to join the army. And we witness his death as well. Riley was an amazing human being who almost felt like a third MC, and he died.
After Riley’s death, there is some comfort but there’s no healing. Exactly as it should be. This is the loss of someone’s kid. Not a partner, not a parent, not a friend. Trevor lost his one and only child.
“No, not closure,” Trevor interrupted. “More like hope, maybe a little peace. You know? It’s a start.”
If you’re wondering about the romance, I’m here to tell you that it’s very strong. The grief casts a shadow over the whole story until the very end, but in the second half there is UST, steam and a slow-building romance. There is an amazing chemistry between Trevor and Jesse, but what I loved the most was the intense bond that developed between them. It felt so natural for the two of them to comfort each other and end up together.
The HEA is full of hope and goes on and on and on!!! I needed to see Trevor and Jesse being happy after all these years. But Riley wasn’t there…
There is no doubt in my mind that Melanie Hansen is a crazy talented author. Almost an auto read for me. I read Point of Contact with a heavy heart. I sobbed and ugly cried and even had to put it down for a day. A book that can evoke all these feelings to a reader is undoubtedly brilliant.
But poor, sweet Riley…
“America isn’t at war, Trevor—her military is.”