Once Shattered, Twice Shy by Benjamin Dahlbeck ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

OnceShatteredTwiceShyLG Title: Once Shattered, Twice Shy

Author: Benjamin Dahlbeck

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Catt Ford

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars


Wade Meadows’s life is in a downward spiral. After company downsizing leaves him unemployed, his mother’s ill health forces him to move back to Georgia. Fortunately, Wade finds a home health care firm to help his mother when he can’t be there. Then a terrible accident leaves him the one in need. Joe Gillis, home health care worker, is there to lend a hand. However, as an independent and capable person, Wade finds it hard to accept help. Weeks pass and Joe’s consistent strength and presence cause Wade to feel he could let his defenses down and be vulnerable—in more ways than one. Joe wants what’s best for Wade, but crossing the line with a patient could cost Joe his career and business.

Brandilyn’s View:

When your Self-esteem is at a low point, it is hard to see when love sneaks in and takes hold. Once Shattered, Twice Shy by Benjamin Dahlbeck is a sweet contemporary romance between a man who lives with his mom and his nurse. Okay, that is a little bit of an oversimplification. Said nurse is actually the owner of an at-home care company and a single gay man. Wade, the man in question, moved home to take care of his mother and her failing health.

After an accident that leaves him without the use of an arm for months on end, he needs to ask for help for himself. Wade’s last relationship, however, left him doubting himself and his desirability as a boyfriend and lover. Joe, the home healthcare nurse, is torn between his job and his feelings. We spend much of the book watching each man agonize over whether they should even try to take the next step. They spend time getting to know each other as people before they decide to take tht next step.

Once Shattered, Twice shy is sweet and cute. I wish I could come up with better adjectives to describe it, but it is what it is. Shattered is the slow-burn buildup to something more. It doesn’t end with a happily ever after. Instead, it ends with a beginning.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
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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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