Title: Living on the Inside
Author: Londra Laine
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: January 29th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 120 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Micah Grayson lives in his baby mama’s guesthouse. It’s unconventional and awkward, but he’s happy for a chance to reconnect with his teenage son. He doesn’t have time for other distractions—no matter how sexy, independent, and compassionate that distraction might be. Besides, he’s not good enough for more than a fling—no one would ever take him home to meet their parents.
Adrien Darling has book smarts, but no street savvy—at least that’s what his family says. And after a heart-breaking betrayal by the man meant to love and protect him, Adrien believes them. But then a gorgeous guy with a defeated look in his eyes walks into Adrien’s coffee shop and makes him want to take a chance.
After years of living on the outside as two misfits looking in, both men are afraid to reach for more. But in each other’s arms, Micah and Adrien find out what it’s like to live on the inside. As their tender bond grows and blossoms, old insecurities bubble to the surface. Will their commitment crumble under the pressure? Or will the two find the strength to fight for each other.
***Please be aware this book contains a flashback of and several references to domestic abuse that may be triggering to some readers.***
Trigger Warnings First and Foremost: Triggers to abuse, mental and physical abuse, domestic violence. That needs to be stated first. Though these warnings are not based around the two main characters but memories of past experience. The mention of the abuse is short lived but is graphic in detail. So if you have triggers for this, then do not read this book.
I enjoyed this read. It is a book about two men that have had bad things happen to them in their past and both have been letting that affect their futures as well. This is a book about learning to trust. Learning to forgive. Learning to love not only someone else but themselves most of all. Londra did a great job of writing this book and the struggles these two men both endured. This is not one of those books where things are bad and then they just magically become better. It is more realistic than that with real emotions involved.
Micah is struggling. He is not happy about his past mistakes and is trying desperately to never go down that path again. Not only for himself but for his son Caleb. Micah has tried to find a job to start over after being released from prison but it is not easy. No one wants an ex-con working for them but he knows he cannot give up. So when he sees a sign for a barista he decides to at least try.
When Micah asks about the job, Adrien can tell he is nervous. And after seeing his application he can understand why. But regardless Adrien decides to give Micah a chance and offers the job to him. Micah is excited and not only because he got the job but because he will get to look at his handsome boss and get to know him better. Not that Micah believes Adrien would ever give him the chance.
So when things progress between Micah and Adrien, Micah is on cloud nine and starting to believe there may just be better things in his future. He has even made a breakthrough with his son. But Micah is not the only one affected by his past. So is Adrien. But for Adrien it is because he does not trust his judgement after what he went through with his ex-fiancé.
When Adrien’s family ends up causing issues between Adrien and Micah, the end is fast approaching for them. Can these two men learn to let go of their insecurities to move towards a happier future or are these two men doomed to be miserable forever?
This was definitely a great read. I really enjoyed it. Like I mentioned earlier, read the trigger warnings in case they affect you. Other than that this is a recommended read.
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