Author: Amelia Lawrence
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 8, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 207
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 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.
Domestic violence is a subject that always got my attention. The portray of it in this book felt accurate, most of the times, and made the read of it a bit painful and with a lot of angst, which is generally something that I like in a book, but there were also a lot of elements that felt a little underwhelming and didn’t allow me enjoy it the way I thought I would.
What I liked about the book was, mostly, Alex’s point of view. I could felt his fear and pain. He was an amazing character because of all the emotions that he could transmit to the reader. I liked the plot a lot and there were moments when I couldn’t read fast enough, it was so thrilling to see what might happened next. I didn’t felt the time reading it. I was gasping and being surprise a lot of time and feeling like throwing my kindle some others. I loved that.
One of the things that I didn’t liked about it was the constant changes of point of view, even in the same chapter. It became distracting and confusing. There were times when I have to stop and check whose point of view was. I didn’t need to know what Cole thoughts were. I could understand it if the author would try to make him a more sympathetic character or to try to understand the criminal mind, but I didn’t see a clear objective here and it just didn’t worked too well for me.
I had a hard time with Jack, I wanted to love him but I couldn’t really care for him too much, maybe something about his previous conduct make him too unpleasant for me or maybe was because I didn’t think he had the right police abilities to jump into the conclusions he did. His emotions felt a little bit forced as their relationship. Maybe I just needed that Alex had a lot more time to heal to make me believe their emotions were real, but I felt a little underwhelmed by their relationship.
Even with the issues I had with it. I really enjoy reading the book and I was glad to see authors taking the chance to bring awareness to subjects as domestic violence. I do think It might have some triggering scenes so beware there is some violence in the book.