Beautiful Trauma (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Beautiful Trauma (Queen City Rogues, #3)
Author: Aimee Nicole Walker
Publisher: Chasing Rainbows Press LLC
Release Date: July 18th, 2019
Genre(s): Romance
Page Count: 234
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5


Does trauma define or motivate a person?

Homeless and rejected, Henry Sullivan arrived on the doorstep of Ryan’s Place with nothing but the clothes on his back. Life as he knew it was over. Within those walls, Henry found the encouragement and love needed to turn hopeless into hopeful. Enrolling for summer classes at his community college was the first step toward achieving the dreams he thought were lost to him. There was just one little snag: the professor standing in the front of the room taught Henry the true meaning of human sexuality.

After a crushing breakup, Professor Ezra Meyer moved to the Queen City for a fresh start where everything was new—job, home, and friends. His first challenge: prove the benefits of his biology of human sexuality course outweighed the controversy. Ezra agreed to teach the class during the summer semester at a community college associated with his university to gauge interest. There was just one little problem: Ezra had personally demonstrated the unit on Sexual Technique and Behaviors with one of his students.

Random or Fate?

It was supposed to be a harmless hookup on a night when Henry was celebrating his birthday and Ezra was trying to ease his loneliness. Fast forward six months later, the attraction blazed hotter than ever, but acting on it could have dire consequences neither man was willing to risk. Or were they? Could true love be Henry and Ezra’s ultimate reward, or were they destined to become just another sad lesson learned?

Beautiful Trauma is a story about triumph over tragedy, embracing the unexpected, and a reminder that family is more than biology. Are you looking for a feel-good romance with witty banter, toe-curling passion, and a story that stays with you long after the final page? Look no further. Beautiful Trauma is the third book in the Queen City Rogues series but reads as a standalone book. It contains sexually explicit material and colorful language and is intended for adults 18 and over.

There are just so many life moments and teaching gems in this story. It was beautiful.

Henry was raised mostly by his widowed mother in a very religious home. Sex and romance were not to be discussed, so when Henry realized he was gay, it was a secret that ate at him until he left home for college. Then he went wild. Contracting HIV wasn’t the worst part. His mother verbally abused him and cut him out of her life. Sick, with no where to go, he ended up taken in by a home for infected minors needing care.

Once rebuilt, he was making his way, working two jobs and doing well. And then he had a perfect one night stand with Ezra. The same Ezra who ended up being his professor 6 months later. And it was 6 months of never forgetting one minute of their night together. But Ezra had too much to lose. And he’d come out of a relationship that crashed and burned spectacularly.

What happens when neither can afford to walk away?

Oh, my. This was sexy and smart and the characters were wickedly amazing together. With a 17 year age gap, there was some dominance and neediness. There was a bit of professor/student plotting. There was sweet Henry. He kept his promises. He loved unconditionally. He was truthful and giving. And he was so freaking funny. I loved that Ezra just wanted him. Wanted to care for him and give him things and make him happy.

Very sweet, honest and touching. I really enjoyed this book!

Queen City Rogues series

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Galley copy of Beautiful Trauma provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday
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