Author: JH Knight
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/05/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
The road to recovery is never easy, even when you’re just an innocent bystander to someone else’s addiction.
For Jack, it’s especially hard because he blames himself for his son Rick’s drug problems. It took Jack over half his life to admit to himself (and his wife) that he was gay, but years later, he still carries guilt over what his realization did to his son.
He never thought Rick’s treatment would help him rehabilitate too, but when Jack meets Seth, the man trying to help his son get back on his feet, it’s the breakthrough he never knew he needed.
What to say about Breakthrough? As you know, I absolutely adored JH Knight’s 2014 Dreamspinner release “_blank” href=”http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2014/08/the-last-thing-he-needs-by-jh-knight-book-review-by-brandilyn/”>The Last Thing He Needs. It was a no-brainer to pic up her latest novella from DSP, Breakthrough.
Breakthrough is a story of a father who came out late in life. He blames himself, and his need to be himself, for all the problems his son has had since he divorced. At it’s core, it is a tale of redemption and slow-burning love.
We actually don’t see a whole lot of face-to-face interaction between the two love interests. The entire story is told from the first person point of view of Jack, the divorced father. We see his love for his family and the guilt he carries every day. We see that he is basically punishing himself for being himself. Sadly, this is a paradigm repeated thousands of times daily across the world.
Through his son’s latest attempt to get sober, Jack meets Seth, a therapist, new friend, and the vehicle for his redemption. Even after their initial meeting they keep in contact. Through those online chats and emails, we get to know them as people and as good friends. When they finally come back together, we get to see them as something that will last. We get to see them as each other’s happily ever after…
We are left with the beginning of Jack and Seth together, but we have been given the foundation to know they will have something great.
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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