Signs of Life by Melanie Hansen ~ Book Review by Caroline

25568156Title: Signs of Life

Author: Melanie Hansen

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow Designs

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/28/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance


Successful lawyer Jeremy Speer has it all—a loving husband, a beautiful home, and a cherished dream that’s about to become reality. He’s learned not to take happiness for granted, meeting the challenges of life and love head-on with unwavering commitment and fierce devotion. A series of tragic events leave Jeremy shattered, adrift on a sea of unimaginable pain. He’s able to piece his life back together, but instead of embracing it, he merely exists, using isolation and punishing physical exertion to keep the world at bay.

High school teacher Kai Daniels has a heart for at-risk kids—he was one himself, and a teenage brush with the law and some troubled years behind bars left him scarred inside and out. With courage, hard work, and the support of friends, he’s built a fulfilling life that leaves no time for a relationship.

An intense encounter with Kai at a gay club ignites a spark in Jeremy that he thought was extinguished forever, but he’s unwilling to destroy the fragile peace he’s managed to create, and he leaves Kai humiliated and disappointed. Things should have ended there, but a bizarre occurrence brings the two together in a way neither of them expected.

My View:

I think there may be a new queen of angst on our horizon. Getting through the first few chapters of this book was like being put through a shredder! I can’t remember the last time I started a book that drew me in so quickly and spat me out in such a mess! If I was to give you any advice it would be to read the first part of this book in one hit and then read the rest once your eyes are less swollen from the sobbing it causes!

Jeremy Speer had his whole life planned out and in front of him. Dealing with his husband’s depression was not an easy thing but it was manageable and the two of them had a lot to look forward to in the coming months. Double tragedy written absolutely beautifully and so heart wrenchingly real and the story takes on a completely different direction. The pain and the despair that Jeremy feels and the way he just closes down his life and walks away leaves you wondering whether he will ever be able to come back.

Kai Daniels works with the kids that everyone else has given up on. He was once that kid himself and knows what it can mean to be given a chance. His past is ugly and painful but he has taken those hurts and now gives back in the hope that he can help as many of these kids as possible. His job is thankless a lot of the time but just a glimmer of success makes his long days worthwhile. With no time for a relationship he trawls the clubs every few weeks for a hook up. When he hooks up with the handsome stranger in the alley it is hot as hell but leaves him feeling worse than ever and used and dirty.

There may be a lot of angst but whilst these two men try and sort themselves out there is also a lot of tension and explosive sex scenes. As much as I cried for Jeremy I adored Kai. His absolute belief in his job and his self-deprecating humour during the day then his piercings and eye liner at night, his careful handling of Jeremy’s heart even when it left him feeling frustrated or hurt, he was just what Jeremy needed if only Jeremy himself could see it.

Definitely my favourite of the series so far and I can’t wait for more!


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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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