Author: Kendall McKenna
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Kris Jacen
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Second Edition: Re-edited (by Kris Jacen), and with an additional 20,000 words, it’s now an entirely fresh, new story. It even has a lovely new cover, also courtesy of Kris Jacen.
Where the first edition of Waves Break My Fall ended when Zach and Kage returned home to San Diego, this second edition continues to tell their story as they settle into their new lives, and their new relationship.
Kage is a Marine, struggling to adjust to life after combat. He tries to decompress with a quiet trip to Puerto Vallarta. Zach just graduated from college. He’s facing the realities of adulthood, and a new career.
They meet in Mexico, and their erotic vacation fling leaves them both wanting – and hoping for – more, once they’re home. Zach enters the police academy, Kage reports to Camp Pendleton, and they settle into daily lives as a new couple.
When Kage’s post-combat issues nearly destroy everything he and Zach have built, can they find the right help? Can they hold on, even if they do?
For a relatively short book this packs a punch.
Kage is a marine who has just come off a tour of duty. Through his flashbacks and thoughts we learn it was not an easy tour and feeling unable to go directly home and face his family he heads to Mexico to decompress. His mental state is not that great at this point and he constantly has to remind himself that he is safe and no longer in a war zone. Day by day he relaxes a little more.
He meets Zach at the start of his trip and the two men spend a lot of time together over the next few days. Zach is exactly what Kage needs, he seems immediately sensitive to Kage’s discomforts and never pushes for information. He allows Kage to feel ok in his skin without any pressure. As it turns out they live quite near to each other and plan to continue seeing each other when they return home.
Once home they quickly entwine their lives and are living together within a few months. Kage has had to come out to his family, but it seems this wasn’t a secret anyway so that passes without any angst. The second part of this book is almost like reading about another couple as their lives unravel due to PTSD.
As was the case initially Zach is extremely understanding and patient. Kage is almost crippled with the restrictions that his flashbacks incur both whilst asleep and awake. As the months pass by it seems there isn’t one part of their lives that it doesn’t affect. Zach’s strength and support seems never ending but when it becomes too dangerous Kage has to find the help he so desperately needs before he loses everything he wants and loves.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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