Point of Contact (Lili’s Review)

Title: Point of Contact
Author: Melanie Hansen
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: March 26th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 451 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 2.9 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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.

This book is approximately 120,000 words.

Melanie Hansen is a go to when I need an excellent angsty read that will make me cry and man did she make me cry! When you read the blurb for Point of Contact, you know there’ll be heartbreak. I mean losing your child is every parent’s worst nightmare. What I wasn’t expecting going in to get to know said child.

Usually in books where there’s a death I’ve found that it has either already happened or it happens right at the beginning of s story. In PoC we actually meet and get to know Riley, Trevor’s son and Jesse’s best friend. I felt ill knowing what was to come to and when it happened, I was devastated even though I knew it was going to happen. So be prepared going in- the backstory will take up a good 50% of the book.

Some highlights

-Dual POVs

-Jesse, Riley’s best friend. He was beautiful, loving, understanding, and wise beyond his years. I loved his backstory, his relationship with his parents.

-Trevor. He became a dad at a young age, took responsibility and never looked back. Riley was his world. I hurt for him; I couldn’t help but imagine his pain. Just thinking about it now chokes me up.

-Riley. Fuck. He was an exceptional young man. I guess what hurt most is that yes this is fiction- but – this is someone’s story out there.

-The process of healing. It wasn’t rushed, which I appreciated.

-And the end was beautifully written.

Why not the full 5 Stars? I wanted more romance. This felt more like fiction with some love towards the end, and because of that, I felt like it hindered the relationship development a little bit. It felt a tad rushed; endearments came very fast. I either would’ve liked less backstory, well not really. All the Riley’s of the world deserve their story told. I think I would’ve wanted a longer book. I wanted more time with Trevor and Jesse as a couple, but maybe it’s me being a greedy reader.

Anyhoo, all in all, what an exceptional story. It’s a haunting story of family, loss, grief, healing, and finding love when and with whom we least expect it. 4.5 Stars!

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Galley copy of Point of Contact provided by Carina Press via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.


I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant
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