I Survived Seattle by J.K. Hogan ~ Review by Leisa

A sexy and delicious romance, with mouth watering cover art!

I survived SeattleTitle: I Survived Seattle

Author: J.K. Hogan

Publisher: Wilde City Press

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

As if being a deeply closeted gay man living in the South isn’t enough, Justice Crawford also suffers from a crippling anxiety disorder. Flying cross country to be the best man in his best friend’s wedding probably isn’t the best idea, right? Forced back into the closet after being rejected by his family, Justice has given up on the idea of finding acceptance and love. He has allowed his disorder and his troubled past to keep him from taking a chance, but love might just find him where he least expects it… in Seattle.

Sailor and charter boat captain Nic Valentine is still reeling from the unexpected death of his father, when the man of his dreams—literally—falls into his lap. He thinks he’ll never see the man again, but fate has other plans. Nic tries to resist the charms of adorably quirky, nervous Justice, because he has no desire to get tangled up with another closet case. But when life keeps throwing them together, will Nic decide that Justice might be a keeper after all?

My View

J.K. Hogan’s first M/M romance, I Survived Seattle, is a delightfully sweet and sexy book! Justice is an absolutely delicious character – he jumps back into the closet with two feet when his parents react poorly to him coming out when he was a teenager, and he is now an adorable hot mess who blurts out his uncensored thoughts – especially when stressed by social situations. Hogan does a wonderful job of handling Justice’s anxiety issues in a believable and sympathetic manner, without making Justice seem weak and needy. Nic is a sexy and caring character who adores Justice precisely as he is, but who also cannot go back into the closet with Justice simply to keep him. The romance between Justice and Nic is so well written – Nic is both patient with Justice, and calmly understanding when Justice’s social anxiety makes life difficult.  Best of all, their chemistry together sizzles, both in and out of bed. 

Justice must first learn to accept himself, as well as to confront the demons in his past and present, before he can truly accept Nic’s love. Hogan also explores the idea that one’s home is not necessarily made of bricks and mortar, but home is with the person or people who love and value you. Justice comes to this realization late in the book when he is upset and shouts that Nic IS his home.

I Survived Seattle is such a wonderful find from new to M/M romance author, J.K. Hogan. It has so much going for it – an interesting storyline with likeable characters who have hot chemistry, a great story arc involving other characters, and a satisfying, warm happy ending. The only detraction is a few editing misses (mostly misused synonyms for the intended word) that, while they do not diminish the overall lovely story, do occasionally prove to be a distraction.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed every minute of reading this gem, and highly recommend that you also take the opportunity to read I Survived Seattle, and to fall in love with Justice and Nic!  

Buy Links

Wilde City Press
Amazon

I would like to thank Wilde City Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

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