Book Title: Love’s Glory
Author: Janice Jarrell
Publisher: ACX Amazon
Narrator: Walker Williams
Release Date: August 5, 2020
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
It is book three in the Revolutionary Hearts series
but could be listened to as a standalone.
They did it all for the glory of love.
In October of 2017 cocky, alpha-male Irishman, Colin Campbell, sergeant in charge of the special assault unit of the University of Virginia Campus Police Force, dove in front of a bullet meant for a University of Virginia student. The bullet shattered his thigh and severed his femoral artery, a wound which nearly took Colin’s life and left him temporarily disabled. His infirmities robbed him of the strength and athletic prowess which had been his for most of his life leaving him humiliated and bereft.
His partner, Joshua Abrams, a doctor of psychology at the Rainier Clinic in Charlottesville, never once left his injured lover’s side. He poured every ounce of strength and love he possessed into healing the magical Irishman whom he adored and was overwhelmed with relief and gratitude when Colin was taken off the critical list. Thinking that they had survived their trial, he took Colin home, believing that their happiness was now assured.
But like many injured police officers, Colin subsequently withdrew from his partner. Overwhelmed by feelings of shame and embarrassment, he devoted himself almost obsessively to the physical therapy with which he hoped to rebuild his strength and reclaim the life he had lost. Unable to share his pain and feelings of inadequacy, he shut Joshua out, leaving him to cope alone with the post-traumatic stress he suffered as a result of Colin’s shooting.
In the following months Colin and Joshua fought to keep their relationship alive. Although deeply in love, they felt powerless to cope with the after-effects of Colin’s injuries both to his body and to his pride as a man, and to heal the emotionally devastating PTSD with which Joshua suffered.
Love’s Glory tells the story of this painful and challenging time in Colin and Joshua’s life. As we join them now, Colin is still walking with a cane and still suffering the physical after effects of his injuries. But he and Joshua are both in therapy and are now dealing positively with the emotional and psychological damage they both endured.
They face their future side by side, determined to stand or fall together, as soul mates and lovers. This book follows them on their journey as they move toward the happy future they both long to share. They have moments of anxiety and intense emotion, but you can count on a happy ending. In fact, you can count on a happy listen. In this book, Colin and his beloved Joshua have left their trials behind and now revel in Love’s Glory.
This book contains mature content including explicit sexual relations between Colin and Joshua.
Not so long ago I reviewed a book called ‘Love’s Lawyer’; it was the first book in Janice Jarrell’s spin-off series “The Fearless Heart”, and now here I sit, having gone backwards…something I’m not a fan of doing when reading a series, but something I couldn’t imagine not having done when it comes to the original series “Revolutionary Heart”. I’ve loved these stories so much and ‘Love’s Glory’ is the perfect story to take me from “Revolutionary Heart” to “The Fearless Heart” do I wish I’d read them in order…yeah, I can’t lie I do, but that’s on me for being to impatient to wait for the audio of ‘Love’s Lawyer’ while staying stubborn enough to hold out for the audio of ‘Love’s Glory’, so here I am happily backtracking and honestly this one was so worth it.
'Love's Glory' isn't a mystery or any kind of big drama...nope, this one is what I think we all hope for when we find a couple in a series that worm their way into our heart...this is the final stretch of their journey as Josh and Colin's reach their happily ever after...
Like the previous books, I can't say that reading this one and not the others would leave you confused, but I truly believe it would leave the reader without a real sense of what these two men have endured in order to be together and to get to this point in their lives.
As in the previous stories, it's not just Josh and Colin that the reader gets to catch up with; as these men prepare for their big day they're surrounded by friends and family of whom many if not all have appeared in previous stories.
While I love a good thriller/mystery/drama/romance/whatever, sometimes it's nice to slip away from all that and enjoy a story about two people who have faced and overcome life's trails getting the happily ever after that they've not only worked for but so fully deserve.
Colin and Josh not only found their way into my heart but as their story has unfolded I've frequently found myself empathizing with them more strongly than I would have expected myself to.
As with previous stories Ms Jarrell has wrapped events around issues that are both real and relevant to the issues of the day while taking license with what is, in order to give this loving couple the happily ever after that they deserve, rather than what current political, social and religious environments might permit.
Once again I was delighted to hear the voice of Walker Williams bringing these characters to life, and while "Revolutionary Hearts" may have come to a close, I'm looking forward to whatever comes next in the lives of Colin, Joshua and their friends as things continue with Ms Jarrell's spin-off series... "The Fearless Heart".
An audio book of "Love's Glory" was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
My name is Janice Jarrell. I am a retired grandmother who lives in Seattle, WA. I have two children and three grandsons. I’ve been writing gay romance since I was twelve years old, only back then it wasn’t called ‘gay romance’. In fact, it had no name at all. It was the fifty’s, and it was worth your life to admit to being gay, let alone confess to being a girl who constantly fantasized about relationships between gay men. Hell, I didn’t even know what a homosexual was. I lived on a farm out in the sticks in a tiny Michigan village and I’d never, to my knowledge, even heard the word. I just knew I loved the thought of boy on boy romance. I just knew that there was something hot going on between Tom Corbett and his Space Cadets and all those guys on ‘Combat’.
I wrote slash fanfiction for 30 years, writing over 337 stories, some as short as 100 words (a drabble), some as long as a series which was over 119,012 words. I enjoy writing my stories. I enjoyed the feedback I received from my readers. It was a creative release I’d been searching for my entire life and I blessed the Internet for leading me to this artistic oasis for my spirit.
Love’s Magic was my very first step into writing my own characters. I will always be grateful the slash fanfiction community for nurturing the budding author until she was ready to blossom into a fully realized novelist. It’s been an amazing thing to watch the gay community’s growth over these past twenty years. My own journey has echoed theirs in many ways, and I’m grateful to all those gay activists who fought to give the gay community the rights and privileges they always deserved.
My second contemporary gay romance novel, Love's Trials followed Colin and Joshua on their journey as men and as a couple. The readers who fell in love with them in Love’s Magic were thrilled to see their romance continue to grow and blossom, but were forced to watch our beloved boys go through some pretty traumatic trials in this book, trials which nearly shattered their relationship. But their love proved stronger than any troubles in the end and they now move forward into the happiness they know they deserve.
In Love’s Glory, Colin and Joshua bask in the happiness that eluded them in Love’s Trials. If you’re looking for a book filled with anger, fear, and anxiety... look elsewhere. Love’s Glory is about just that... the glory of love and the continued growth of these two extraordinary men and the amazing friends who are a large part of their lives.
I’m also grateful to the gay romance community, readers, authors, publishers and promoters, who are making these, my retirement years, the most creative ones of my life. When I'm not writing, I'm traveling, walking, hiking, knitting, crocheting, and weaving, and enjoying my life here in the heart of the Pacific Northwest.
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