RELEASE DATE: April, 17th 2016
BLURB: I went to war, running away from myself. I came back in pieces to find out who I really was…
It took me nearly ten years, two tours in Afghanistan and losing a leg to come to terms with who I really am.
Two years after coming back from war, I can say that I’m finally content. I’m as fit as ever, my prosthetic leg allowing me the freedom to move and exercise as if nothing has changed. I own a small bakery in the centre of Cambridge, and I have a loyal circle of friends that I can always count on.
Yet, there’s something missing. A part of me craves the intimacy, the deep connection to another human being. But another – bigger – part of me is terrified of letting anyone in.
My internal conflict didn’t stand a chance when I met Jay. He stormed through my defence walls like a hurricane, wrapping around me with gentle force until I had no choice but to surrender.
Surrendering has never felt so good.
Will Jay want to stay when he sees the real me? When he sees the nightmares and insecurities clawing at my soul? When he realises the burden I come with may be heavier than we both can carry?
My name is Amir Gopal and this is my story.
Amir Gopal is an army veteran. On his return home, he’s no longer the same man as he was when he left all those years ago. He’s returned shattered – both physically and mentally. He learnt a lot in the army and that includes willpower and perseverance. He’s determined, so much so, he manages to open his own Bakery and with it, a new life.
Something is still missing though, he’s very lonely. Work keeps him busy during the working day and he spends his evenings at a Veteran Rehab Centre but he always ends up going home alone – it’s a very lonely existence.
He would love to have someone in his life, to share things together but he is scared, who would accept him as he is?
Like a breath of fresh air, Jay suddenly enters his life and Amir’s barriers slowly start to come down. The author didn’t rush this (which I really appreciated), it was told slowly as the story unfolded.
Amir and Jay are nothing alike and that includes their backgrounds and family and I really liked how the author bought these two men together, it was natural and very realistic. The whole book was in fact very realistic, so much so, I could actually smell Amir’s delicious cookies when reading (lol) but be warned, it’s so real, you will be craving some kind of sweet refreshment whilst reading.
Now I don’t want to give away a spoiler, but something happens, something that could destroy both of them! As I said no spoiler, you will have to read it yourselves to find out exactly what.
My first impression on reading the blurb, was a story full of angst, problems and struggles but what the author gave us, was a sweet story, two very likeable MCs, twists and turns to keep readers enthralled and sub characters who enriched the storyline.
I’m hoping its Greg and Shane’s story next.
****I would like to thank the author for the opportunity and privilege of reviewing this ARC. My opinions of this book, were entirely my own.****
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About the Author:
Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband and my son. I’ve been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job a few years ago when I decided that everything else I’ve tried bores me to death and I have to do what I’ve always wanted to do, but never had the guts to fully embrace. I’ve been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among other things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing. Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It’s the only time that I’m truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time – my son has a bigger attention span than me.
When I’m procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Nintendo Wii game by a very inventive kid.
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