Author: Cate Ashwood
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/20/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, M/M Romance
A Piece Us Back Together story
Carter McClintock’s life is uncomplicated. For the past five years, he’s spent so much time in hospital scrubs that one day bleeds into the next, and that’s just the way he likes it. That is, until he meets Matthew Nolan. Carter has never had a patient affect him the way Matthew does. During Matthew’s stay in the hospital, the chemistry is unmistakable, and once he is discharged, Carter asks him out.
Despite the obvious attraction between them, Matthew’s HIV status keeps him from handing Carter his heart, refusing to believe anyone could ever truly want him. When Matthew’s past comes to light, their budding relationship is threatened before it has even begun. But Carter isn’t one to give up without a fight, and he will do anything to show Matthew the lengths he will go to keep them together.
This story is part of DSP’s Piece Us Back Together anthology that also contains:
All That Shimmers by Raine O’Tierney
Swimming with Elephants by LJ La Barthe
The common denominator of all three stories is finding love while dealing with a medical condition – disability, illness, chronic pain.
Matthew is HIV positive, and I found his misgivings about finding a partner very easily comprehensible – especially given his backstory. Yet he takes the risk to be honest and upfront with Carter, something that takes a lot of courage.
Carter is a medical professional; he’s seen enough to know what he’s getting himself into, pursuing a relationship with a HIV positive partner. Yet, he’s able to look beyond the illness and–literally–embrace the man behind it.
I really liked how this story handled a subject that’s still often kept under wraps. HIV infection may be manageable these days, but it’s still a life threatening disease. There is no sugarcoating reality in here – both main characters are aware of what they’re up against, but they refuse to let themselves be defined by that one fact of their lives. And even though Matthew and Carter face both internal and external fears and prejudices in regard to Matthew’s HIV status, this story manages to bring its message across without the slightest hint of moral pointing finger.
Despite the serious topic, this is an optimistic, positive story with fully developed, likeable main characters, some drama and lots of beautiful moments. A romance in the best sense of the word.
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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