RELEASE DATE: 22nd January 2016
BLURB: Loren Smith has been in love with Eliot Devlin almost his entire life. During their turbulent childhood and teen years, Loren didn’t always understand Eliot, and sometimes he could be a challenge, but Eliot was the only one to ever truly ease Loren’s deep loneliness and accept him. When Eliot’s increasingly erratic and self-destructive behavior culminates in a suicide attempt at seventeen, Loren is devastated.
Upon meeting again by chance nine years later, Loren is enjoying a successful career as a police officer while Eliot’s life has been a constant struggle for stability. In and out of mental hospitals, with a rap sheet a mile long, he continues to be buffeted by the twin storms of mania and depression. Loren’s love and protectiveness for Eliot are deeply ingrained in him, however, and their feelings for each other are quickly rekindled.
Loren has issues of his own he’s dealing with, and trying to understand and cope with Eliot’s bipolar disorder isn’t easy. They believe they’re meant to be, and Eliot brings a fulfillment to Loren’s life that no one else will ever match. But as they both come to realize, love by itself can’t cure all.
Loren and Eliot bonded at the ripe old age of 6. Yes, they were only 6 years of age when they first met, but they were soul mates even at that young age.
Eliot however, is not what we would term as normal. He struggles with his anger outbursts and at the age of 17, attempts suicide. Loren was totally devastated by this turn of events.
9 years go past and they meet again. Immediately Loren realises that his feelings for Eliot have never changed. But Eliot’s mental health is still a big issue, he’s been diagnosed with Bipolar combined with Depression. He needs to take his medication on a regular basis, give up caffeine and alcohol, sleep regular hours and it’s all up to Loren to ensure that it happens.
Loren is now a Police Detective, not the ideal job with the long hours and hectic work schedule, so finding time for Eliot is becoming a issue and he knows that he’s got to decide what’s more important – Eliot, the love of his life or his job?
Melanie Hansen is on my must read list because of her talent and I love this series so much. Every story is realistic and squeezes your heart like a vice. I think this last one is the most difficult to read, not because the angst – I really love angsty books – but because as much as there is an HEA, it could never be a defined as a HEA. Loren and Eliot life will be always full of struggles and obstacles, but this is what is so beautiful about this story and makes it so special.
We first met Loren in the second book of this series. He was Kay’s friend – some would say a friend with benefits – and that was an added surprise, I didn’t see that one coming! He made some very big mistakes with Eliot and as a reader, there were times when I couldn’t understand his behaviour, the damage he was doing to Eliot, but then again, we have to forgive him because the task in front of him was so enormous and certainly not easy.
He has the support and the help of Donovan, his wife had been diagnosed with Bipolar 17 years previously:
“When it comes to bipolar disorder, man, love isn’t just a feeling. It’s an action word. It’s a fucking decision.”
Eliot is a wonderful character, despite his problems he has a very big heart and the soul of a caregiver, he wants to help everyone, the old, alone and the ill. He deserves so much more than what life dealt him.
It’s not an easy journey but a story that deserves to be read.
**** The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.****