On Solid Ground by Melissa Collins ~ Book Review by Caroline

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00037] Title: On Solid Ground

Author: Melissa Collins

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars


When Jacob “Dax” Daxton returns home from war, he has to fight a new battle – the one to find his place in the world. The man who normally has a clear path to victory surrounded by brothers in combat is suddenly lost and alone. After meeting Beckett Ridge, a bearded tattoo artist, Dax’s journey begins winding down an unexpected path.

Still reeling from events that shook his foundation, Beck has never been part of anything meaningful. Now faced with responsibilities foreign and daunting, Dax’s broken spirit mends Beck in ways he never even knew he was destroyed.

As both struggle to find balance, they are healed by the comfort they find in one other. On the other side of chaos, they hope to find themselves On Solid Ground.


This is my first Melissa Collins book and I’m quite sure it won’t be my last. This story is about loss and devastation, about things that could have been but never were and about having to pick yourself up whilst enduring the worst imaginable pain and trying to put yourself back together again. It will make you laugh and cry and leave you feeling hopeful. It is also about starting again and finding love when you least expect it.

Melissa’s writing about PTSD will pull your heart out. Not the panic attacks or flashbacks, although they are bad enough, but the little things like the words used when Dax collects his service dog – there is pure raw emotion written on the page and it grabs you until you are left with a huge lump in your throat.

Jacob ‘Dax’ Daxton has returned from war a broken man. He lost his team, his best friends, his love and his sense of self. He is returning to his family home that hasn’t felt like home for many years and is dealing with flashbacks and panic attacks that leave him guilt ridden and embarrassed. He may have survived the war but he is barely surviving real life. When his best friend suggests moving in with her for a while until he knows what he wants to do with his life he jumps at the offer.

Beckett Ridge is rough around the edges but has a heart of gold. Having survived a shitty childhood but feeling like he has failed those closest to him he is broken for very different reasons. Trying to save his sister whilst fighting for his niece along with running his tattoo shop leaves little time for anything else but when he meets Dax he is immediately drawn to him.

This was not an easy relationship but from the start both men seemed to offer the other what they needed. Beckett had an uncanny ability to calm Dax and talk him down from his panic attacks whereas Dax never allowed Beckett to think less of himself, always making everything he did seem important. Even whilst they are building their friendship and learning to trust each other things are never easy and for a while it looks as though they may lose each other to the trials of everyday life. They are strong and they believe in each other and once they can get beyond their pasts they can start building their future.

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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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