RELEASE DATE: March 27th
BLURB: Lt Cameron Cooper has been with the San Francisco Fire Department for fifteen years. He’s seen and dealt with a lot of horrifying situations. He’s always considered himself mentally tough, but when he attends a multi-vehicle accident and sees a dead boy with features remarkably similar to his long-time boyfriend, his mental health takes a hit.
All Jake Montgomery wants is to propose to his boyfriend on their ten-year anniversary. He’s already bought the perfect rings, but when Cameron struggles to look at him after a tragic accident, he has doubts about their future. Cam is withdrawing, and Jake doesn’t know why.
With heated arguments and cold shoulders, Cam and Jake’s life starts to fall apart. Just when Cam thinks he can overcome his issues and finally talk to Jake, memories from Jake’s past threaten to push them apart forever.
Have you ever read a book with a box of tissues at one side and a loaded shotgun at the other side? No?
Neither had I until I read this book… I was either crying my eyes out or stopping myself from reaching for the trigger of the shotgun (for Jake not me, in case you were wondering)!
Lt. Cameron Cooper is a true veteran of the Fire Department – he’s been there and done it and of course has the t-shirt to prove it – nothing fazes him until he attends a multi-car pile up and sees a mother and child in one of the crashed cars, both are dead from their injuries. The dead child reminds him of his beloved Jake. All that he can see is Jake in that horrific crash, dead. It’s like that he has had some kind of warning and for once in his life, he can’t handle it, he doesn’t know what to do or how to tell Jake, so he just bottles it up and drifts into a depression that takes him over the edge.
Jake of course, knows something is terribly wrong, but he can’t get through to Cameron – Cameron won’t talk about it, he can’t tell Jake what is going on in his mind and they start to argue continuously. Their strong, loving relationship is dissolving around them and neither one knows how to put it right. It goes on and on and eventually one of them moves out, fed up with the fighting and not knowing how to put it right.
By this time, especially thinking about the rings that Jake had bought to propose marriage, that box of tissues that I spoke about earlier, was tossed to the side! I was now itching to pull the trigger of my shotgun on Jake. I personally thought that the author slightly overplayed the PTSD elements but Jake’s reaction to the whole thing? Unbelievable! For goodness sake, they’ve been together for 10 years, Jake was going to propose marriage! yet he couldn’t see what Cameron was going through? Didn’t take him to see someone for professional help? He let Cameron down, big time! I thought him totally selfish and a a**hole – his man needed him and he didn’t support him!
What a book for conflicting emotions but I have to say, well written. As you can see, I got emotionally involved in the storyline, how many authors can do that?
I like to see authors tackle delicate issues like mental health, but I wished she had just toned it down a little bit. This is a new author for me and I will definitely be checking out her other books to see what else she has to offer.