Lifeline (Susan’s Review)

Title: Lifeline
Author: Amelia Lawrence
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 8, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 207
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


Alex Goodwin is a handsome first-year intern at a small town hospital in Pennsylvania. After five years of living with his abusive boyfriend, Cole, Alex has given up on ever being happy again—until his college boyfriend moves into town. Jack Reed is now out, proud, and a cop with a keen eye for those in trouble. Both can’t forget the love they shared for one another in college. As Cole’s abuse gets worse, Alex begins to see that he deserves better. But Cole Harrison is not one to let things go easily, as a grim reminder of his murderous past sends him spiraling into a rage that leaves Alex in the crossfire.

When I saw this book among the ARC requests I thought I’d take a chance with a new author, since the blurb screamed hurt/comfort at me (and I’m such a sucker for those). And while I liked most of this story, the relationship itself felt a bit underdeveloped at the end. The hurt/comfort was actually pretty good, and I did enjoy most of the story, but I just wanted a little bit more romance.

Alex is living with his boyfriend of 6 years. He has just finished medical school and is trying to become a good doctor while trying to be the perfect boyfriend for Cole. But Alex already knows he cannot please Cole, no matter how hard he tries. Cole will always find something wrong with Alex and make him pay for his ‘mistakes’.

When Alex sees his old college love, Jack, he is completely undone. He has never really stopped loving Jack, and was heartbroken when Jack left him when they were found out by Alex’s mother and Jack wasn’t willing to come out of the closet for him.

Jack, who is now a cop, is no longer in the closet and has never stopped thinking of his college love, Alex. When he meets him again, Alex is no longer the carefree, happy guy he remember so well. Alex is now withdrawn and jumpy.

When Jack suspects Alex is having trouble with his boyfriend, he tries to keep tabs on Alex and offers his help several times. But Alex isn’t sure he can trust Jack, since Jack really hurt him when they broke up.

But then Cole finds out Alex and Jack have been talking without him knowing…

This started out pretty great. I loved Alex and my heart was hurting with the way Cole treated him.
I liked how Alex and Jack were still in love with each other after all these years and I liked the little flashbacks to their college days.

But I do have to admit that while I loved the build-up to the wonderful hurt/comfort (you can see it coming of course), I was hoping for a bit more in the relationship department. I wanted more real Alex and Jack time, not involving Cole. I wanted more healing on Alex’s side and for Jack to be there, not just in an epilogue.

There was also some crazy headhopping going on, but that didn’t really bother me. I’m not such a stickler for that. It was a bit strange though. We got everyone’s POV, and that really wasn’t necessary.

Overall I did enjoy this story and I think it will appeal to the die-hard hurt/comfort fans like me. Just a little more relationship development would have been nice.

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