Title: Understanding Jeremy
Author: A M Arthur
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Sequel to Unearthing Cole
Discovering Me: Book Two
No one in Jeremy Collins’s life ever stays. His parents, sister, and wife are all dead. Now he has taken Cole Alston into his home to help him recover from years of abuse at the hands of his ex. Jeremy hopes Cole, who he loves, will stick around, but after eight years of Cole not being allowed to make his own choices, Jeremy doesn’t think he has the right to ask. As Jeremy keeps his concerns and desires to himself, his best friend Bethann calls on him for a huge favor–claim he’s the father of her baby so she isn’t ostracized in their small town for sleeping with a married man. However doing so would be tantamount to denying his relationship with Cole. Rumors fly before Jeremy can explain to Cole that he said no, and suddenly the whole town is in his business. Rather than reassure Cole, Jeremy’s explanations have the opposite effect. Something is going on in Cole’s mind that Jeremy doesn’t know about, and in order to get Cole to talk, Jeremy will need to confront his own deepest fear.
Book 2 in the Discovering Me series and we are back with Cole and Jeremy picking up almost where we left them.
The farm has been cleared, Martin is gone and Cole and Jeremy are trying to build a life together. Cole is still dealing with PTSD and some scary flashbacks from his previous abuse, they are both trying to keep their relationship secret from the town fearful of what people will think and Jeremy can’t relax enough to believe Cole will stay as no one else has before. All in all life is still quite stressful but they are making the most of it.
Jeremy has been married before and is only where he is now due to his deceased wife’s sister. Bethann brought him out of the darkness and he feels grateful and responsible towards her. When she turns up pregnant asking Jeremy to claim he is the father so the rest of the town don’t think she has been sleeping around he firmly tells her no but she goes ahead anyway adding further stress to his relationship with Cole.
There is not a huge new story in this book; it is more a continuation and closure of book 1. It is a story of healing more than anything and the author has written beautifully about a subject that is so ugly and affects so many.
Cole may have lived through his abuse and faced his abuser but the effect it has had on him is fierce and still leaves him paralyzed with fear. He has to learn to relax, to trust and to not overcompensate. He must learn that not everything will be perfect and that imperfections should not leave him fearful. Jeremy has to believe not everyone he comes across in life will leave him, that he is worth loving and that he does deserve his HEA.
You must read book 1 – Unearthing Cole first as this is really one story.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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