Unquiet by Melanie Hansen ~ Book Review by Caroline

26833425Title: Unquiet

Author: Melanie Hansen

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow Designs

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 01/22/2016

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: M/M Romance

Blurb:

Loren Smith has been in love with Eliot Devlin almost his entire life. During their turbulent childhood and teen years, Loren didn’t always understand Eliot, and sometimes he could be a challenge, but Eliot was the only one to ever truly ease Loren’s deep loneliness and accept him. When Eliot’s increasingly erratic and self-destructive behavior culminates in a suicide attempt at seventeen, Loren is devastated.

Upon meeting again by chance nine years later, Loren is enjoying a successful career as a police officer while Eliot’s life has been a constant struggle for stability. In and out of mental hospitals, with a rap sheet a mile long, he continues to be buffeted by the twin storms of mania and depression. Loren’s love and protectiveness for Eliot are deeply ingrained in him, however, and their feelings for each other are quickly rekindled.

Loren has issues of his own he’s dealing with, and trying to understand and cope with Eliot’s bipolar disorder isn’t easy. They believe they’re meant to be, and Eliot brings a fulfillment to Loren’s life that no one else will ever match. But as they both come to realize, love by itself can’t cure all.

My View:

If you read the first two books in the Resilient Love series and thought they were good the third book raises the bar until you can no longer see it! This a superb offering by Melanie Hansen but is so damn difficult to get through.

The story of Loren and Eliot is devastating yet beautiful. It will make you smile, cry, laugh and rage all in the span of a few pages. From when they meet at six years old nothing is easy and although there are a lot of happy memories there are an equal number of dark ones and the older Eliot gets the more the dark consumes him.

Loren and Eliot are best friends for over a decade when they meet at just six years old. Loren is a lonely child whose parents aren’t around much because of work so new neighbours with a boy his age is just what he needs. He is immediately enamoured and drawn in to the strange world that Eliot surrounds himself with and pretty soon after meeting they are inseparable. As they grow up Loren adjusts to his loneliness but Eliot’s world continues to spiral, Loren supports him when he seems sad or a little out of control but has no idea what he is dealing with and it proves in the end not to be enough.

At seventeen Eliot tries to commit suicide and it will be nine years before the two see each other again.

In those nine years Loren becomes a Police Officer, comes out to his family and moves on with his life. In those nine years Eliot’s world spiralled out of control with drug and alcohol abuse, mis-managed medication, numerous stays in mental hospitals and prostitution. Eliot will live with his bi-polar for the rest of his life.

Then they reconnect…..

In a lot of ways they pick up where they left off. Loren has no doubts at all that he is still in love with Eliot and is beyond happy to have the man back in his life. Eliot feels the same but he is so disconnected from life and reality that it doesn’t mean the same thing at all. Overnight they are back together and in relationship and they try, god they try so hard to make it work, but it takes such a small thing to set Eliot off and before they know what’s happening Eliot is back in hospital with the courts telling him this is his very last chance. The anguish for Loren is heart breaking.

On his release Eliot is stable, well medicated and optimistic. His cycle has settled, both men are getting support and they are determined to give it their all to make things work. It works well for a while until Loren gets tied up at work, small nuances in Eliot’s behaviour become apparent, Loren is too busy to notice – it’s a cycle, its swallowing Eliot back into its darkness – it’s devastating. I hate to admit it but at this point I wanted to rage at Loren, tell him to stop and open his eyes and see what was happening right in front of him. This story will do that to you – it’s just so raw.

There is so much love in this book but it is no way a romance. There is very little happy, there is certainly no easy and by the end it falls to Loren to decide whether he can give his all or walk away. Superbly written, the epilogue leaves you with hope which is exactly the way it needed to be, anything less honest wouldn’t have felt real and if there is one thing this book will make you feel it’s the reality of mental illness and the struggle for everyone involved.

Links

Unquiet on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

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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