What do they have left when their safety and self-worth are compromised?
Casey’s usually bubbly, cheeky demeanour is diminished by sexual harassment from a colleague. Becoming scared for his safety, he seeks out a trainer to teach him how to escape. Withholding the secret is stifling, but there’s no other option if he wants to keep his job. Spilling the secret to an almost stranger changes his life in a way he never thought possible.
Luke spends his time training people in physical evasive tactics. He loves his job but feels inferior to his more successful siblings. How can he compete with lawyers, police officers and teachers? When Casey comes to him for training, Luke knows he’s hiding a secret. Finally, Casey confides in him, and it leads to something neither planned for.
Can they win the fight against people who bring them down?
New author to me and I don’t regret trying this book. Of course, the blurb was tempting to me. A contemporary MM romance featuring Luke, a physical trainer in self-combat, with a caring nature but a ton of insecurities, falling for a new client, Casey, in dire need of a sense of safety since he’s harassed at his job as a paramedic.
I enjoyed the slow-burn, the development of the relationship, the angst at a level that was quite alright for me (not too much but enough for my current state of mind) and the down-to-earth feel. In retrospect, I quite agree with the author’s profile : “there is a huge nod in the direction of friendships…and she writes books that are emotionally realistic”.
Why not more stars then ? Nothing with the story by itself : this book is part of a series and I wouldn’t qualify it as a standalone. Friendship takes some good room here, usually a plus for me, however it is with many characters from the previous books of the series I haven’t read so I couldn’t fully appreciate the interactions. At least, I now have some ideas of books to read !!
ARC of “Life support” was generously provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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