Dear Author, I see two guys— both strong willed.
MC1: big, dark and brooding. A car accident a year ago has left his body broken and scarred. As an active sportsman, he used to be proud of the way his body would do what he wanted. With a perfectionist nature, he always drove himself to perform harder and better. Now he’s a recluse, unwilling to look at himself or be seen by others. He knows he’s ugly and useless, so he has no interest in the latest of his sister’s attempts to force him into the world. He managed to scare the others off before they even got through his door. He intends for this one to be no different, especially once he sees how perfect the guy would have been for him before the accident. His sister has set him up!
MC2: a massage therapist with a special interest in rehabilitation. He’s been enlisted to gain access to the fortress and force the man to rehabilitate his body and attitude. Mission accepted. Caring and compassionate, but tough, MC2 has no intention of being chased away. His stubbornness is legendary amongst friends and family. What he isn’t prepared for is the powerful attraction he has to try to resist. He can see the amazing man behind the gruff exterior, although sometimes even the gruffness can be so very hot!
Photo 1: A man in tight leggings with a muscular body faces away from the camera. His head is down and he’s holding his hands in front of him.
Photo 2: A very attractive man looks at the camera. He is young, with smooth, unmarred skin. His eyes are blue. He is in good shape, strong, and he takes care of himself. His body is lean, muscular, and he doesn’t have any scars. He is beautiful and he knows it.
This was a free read from the M/M Romance group's Love Is An Open Road event.
JC Wallace sure can write the angst. This story has it in droves.
After a terrible car accident, Paul is scarred inside and out. Kept under the thumb of his assholish father for most of his life, conditioned to win at all cost, believing that asking for help is weakness, Paul has pushed away everyone but his younger sister Wendy by the time we meet him.
He is dealing with episodes of PTSD, and he feels that he cannot let his broken body win.
Jacob is a physical therapist and EMT, hired by Wendy to help Paul become stronger. And he won't be pushed away. There's history between the two from back in highschool, and we see how Paul slowly begins to open up.
I adored Wendy and Jacob both. They clearly loved Paul, and did everything they could to help him. Paul's overbearing, cold-hearted and just plain awful father still has a strong hold on him, but with Wendy's and Jacob's help, Paul finds the courage he needs to break the cycle.
I liked this quite a bit, and while I wanted to smack Paul over the head a few times, it was clear that he was growing throughout this book, two steps forward, one step back.
At the end, I felt hopeful that Paul could be the man Jacob deserved.
The writing is heavy on angst, showing Paul's inner thoughts, and it fit with the overall theme of this novel. Paul and Jacob's relationship grows in droves, even if I felt that Jacob on occasion was a bit too forgiving. He sure didn't let Paul walk all over him, and gave back almost as good as he got.
Recommended. The story fit the prompt perfectly.
My thanks to the author for participating in the event. I enjoyed this book.
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