Author: Hurri Cosmo
Publisher: Amber Allure (Amber Quill)
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Standing on a cold, high bridge in the middle of nowhere is actually progress for Jack Demar. Nevertheless, exhausted, aching from both physical and mental bruises with no food, no coat, no real life to speak of, he stares into the rushing water below and can’t help but wonder…what is the point of going on?
Jack is on the run from Trevor, an abusive ex-lover, when Sam Wyndom, the police chief of the tiny town of Stonefield, shows up. Sam feeds him, gives him a bed and shelter, and offers him time to heal. Even so, Jack is still surprised how strongly he’s attracted to the tall, handsome, and muscular lawman. After two years with Trevor, he thought that part of his heart was long dead. But it hardly matters what he feels, since he knows he can’t stay in one place too long.
Sam is content taking care of his town. Sure he’s alone, but that doesn’t mean he’s lonely. Still, his tiny town doesn’t offer up much in the way of potential partners—until Jack shows up. Suddenly, Sam will do anything to get Jack to stay, which means he will need to show the frightened and abused man he can be trusted to protect him.
But Trevor isn’t finished with Jack yet. With a little bit of detective work, he’s going to find him…and then Sam will have to work extra hard to keep Jack safe…
When I read the blurb I was excited to read this story. I love a good hurt/comfort tale and I especially love when it includes a man in uniform. The first chapter blew me away. The author spent so much time to carefully and in my experience, accurately reflect the mindset of not only an abuser but also the abused. She displayed the evolution of abuse and the rationalizations the abused person uses to justify remaining in an unhappy relationship. However, with chapter 2, things started going downhill and kept going until I was left with an overall disappointed feeling in this story.
I truly believe this story could have been much better if it had a better editing team. There were sentences with too many or too few words. Punctuation was missing and often used incorrectly.
The dialogue itself was very basic and in some cases childish. It felt forced so that the story progressed as planned and the outcome was what the author wanted. It was very much a tell not show kind of story and the verbiage used by the MCs echoed that.
I also thought that Sam was too lecherous and Jack was too naive and childlike for this relationship to work as it stands. Sam spent most of the romance asking Jack to trust him. Jack just got out of a physically and emotionally abusive relationship and has spent less than a week with Sam. How is he expected to trust him so quickly? But he does. Jack needed some serious therapy before he entered into a relationship again. Instead the author had him jump right into bed with an older father figure. Sam continually called Jack “little one” or “boy,” and the story felt as if it was using some aspects of a traditional D/s relationship, but without taking it any farther than the language of “boy.”
There are many more instances I could point out where the plot was good but the execution was lacking. But the point of this review is that this story needed a good content editor and a few honest beta readers to point out the aspects that needed further thought and development. Things were too too simplistic, too forced, and too easy. The premise had potential, but the outcome was weak and disappointing.
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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