Author: Harper Fox
Cover Artist: Natalie Winters
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
What the tide washes in, the past can sweep away.
All Dr. Tom Penrose wants is his old life back. He’s home in Cornwall after a hellish tour of duty in Afghanistan, but while the village is the same, he isn’t. His grip on his control is fragile, and it slips dangerously when Flynn Summers explodes into his life. The vision in tight neoprene nearly wipes them both out in a surfing mishap—and shatters Tom’s lonely peace.
Flynn is a crash-and-burn in progress, one of only two survivors of a devastating rescue helicopter crash that killed his crew. His carefree charm is merely a cover for the messed-up soul within. The sparks between him and Tom are the first light he’s seen in a long, dark tunnel of self-recrimination, which includes living in sexual thrall to fellow crash survivor and former co-pilot, Robert.
As their attraction burns through spring and into summer, Tom must confront not only his own shadows, but Flynn’s—before the past rises up to swallow his lover whole.
Contains explicit m/m sex, hot helicopter pilots and skin-tight wetsuits. Also, in true British tradition, a tiny bit of joystick innuendo.
I am torn over what I think about this story. One the one hand, it was well written. The imagery was wonderful. The author beautifully presented two extremely damaged men. Actually, these were more than damaged men, they were broken, almost to the point of no return. I felt for these men. I hurt and loved right along with them. I hated seeing them settle for less than they deserved simply because they felt they were less than. Less than what you ask? Less than a human. Each man was carefully written to show the various ways life can kick a man down and then continue kicking until he feels he cannot get back up.
The part that has me really torn is the relationship between these men. I am just not sure how I feel about it. It began with cheating, plain and simple. As it progressed, I was confused enough to not know if it was still cheating. Then it was cheating, then it was not really cheating because Flynn was actually being forced. Then all of a sudden they were in love and both were on their way to being whole again. I felt like I missed something. While the characters were well written and grew tremendously in this story, there was not enough focus on the romance. I did not understand why it was love rather than just two broken souls finding someone to relate to.
I also struggled to come to grips with the unrealistic action thrown in at the end. Would a man really be out on the open water to rescue a lover only hours after waking from a coma and with a broken collar bone(which seems to be forgotten once the action begins). I don’t know, it was exciting and made for great tension, I just struggled with letting go enough to enjoy it for what it was meant to be.
Don’t get me wrong, I liked this story. It was dark and depressing, but it was still so hopeful. I loved seeing how these men dealt with life and how they overcame their issues. I just felt confused for most of this story and don’t know how to explain it well why I felt that way and why I feel like there was something missing from this tale.
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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