Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Book Review: Signs of Life by Melanie Hansen (Resilient Love 2)


Blurb:
Successful lawyer Jeremy Speer has it all—a loving husband, a beautiful home, and a cherished dream that’s about to become reality. He’s learned not to take happiness for granted, meeting the challenges of life and love head-on with unwavering commitment and fierce devotion. A series of tragic events leave Jeremy shattered, adrift on a sea of unimaginable pain. He’s able to piece his life back together, but instead of embracing it, he merely exists, using isolation and punishing physical exertion to keep the world at bay.

High school teacher Kai Daniels has a heart for at-risk kids—he was one himself, and a teenage brush with the law and some troubled years behind bars left him scarred inside and out. With courage, hard work, and the support of friends, he’s built a fulfilling life that leaves no time for a relationship.

An intense encounter with Kai at a gay club ignites a spark in Jeremy that he thought was extinguished forever, but he’s unwilling to destroy the fragile peace he’s managed to create, and he leaves Kai humiliated and disappointed. Things should have ended there, but a bizarre occurrence brings the two together in a way neither of them expected.


Dani's rating:




Signs of Life is as good, if not better than, its predecessor, Everything Changes.

While it's less angsty than the first book, it's not easy by any means and also deals with themes of loss and pain, hurt and comfort.

Jeremy lost his husband and their surrogate baby, and for a couple years he checked out of life. Jeremy doesn't want to love again (love = fear), but when he meets the stunning Kai, first at a nightclub and later in a boardroom, he changes his mind.

Kai, with his street cred and piercings, is the picture of nonchalance and confidence, but still waters run deep. Kai has been through a rollercoaster of a life in his 20-something years. He's seen it all and come out on the other side a better man.

Jeremy, still working through his overwhelming loss, pushes Kai away time and again. But Kai is determined. And patient. He waits. Because Jeremy is worth it.

This book is so damn hawwwt, it BURNS. Jeremy and Kai go at it in on every surface, in every position, and this is no-holds-barred-fuck-me-now kind of passion.



SEXY times squared. NSFW! Trust me on this.

"You know they think you're my boyfriend now, and that we're cute." [Kai] snorted, then gasped when Jeremy cupped the back of his head and pulled him into a scorching kiss ....

"I am your boyfriend," Jeremy growled. "And you're not cute. You're hot and sexy, and so fuckable that I'm about to come in my godamn pants just at the thought of being inside you."

Even though the sex sizzles, it never overwhelms the story or the feelings of trust and love that build between the MCs.

Indeed, toward the end, Jeremy accuses Kai of emotional infidelity. To spare Jeremy more pain, Kai stops "burdening" Jeremy with his issues. He doesn't trust Jeremy to be "strong" enough, even though Jeremy has been through hell and back.

God, but this was frustrating. Fortunately, the miscommunication never turns into melodrama. The men talk through it like mature adults. I love that!

The secondary plot lines add depth to the story. Kai's job as a teacher at an alternative high school brings him fulfillment but also agony when he can't save the student who shines the brightest.

An incident at Jeremy's home leads him to seek revenge, which soon turns to understanding ... and forgiveness.

These are good men, willing to fight, to believe, to LOVE.

"You think you can be happy someday, Jeremy?" Kai asked finally, his voice soft ....

"You know something, Kai? I already am."

The HEA is all that ... and a wedding. Whose? I'm not telling.

Loren's story is next, and I am counting down the days.



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