Review From User :
Well, I was not expecting that.
I haven't read many stories from this author but the few I've read were as real as life gets.
Her characters are unique. They have flaws. They have weaknesses. She shows their fragility and I love that. They are perfect in their imperfection.
This one was some heavy shit though.
Mental illness is a tough subject and if it's well written, there is no way you cannot feel its heaviness. There is no way we cannot feel emotionally affected and touched by the character's issues. And GL does that with me. She lures me into the story like a moth in the light.
I lost count of how many times I wanted to hug Ash to make him feel safe and whisper some sweet comfort words to make him feel better. I wish I could take his pain away. She is that good.
I'm going with a 4.5 rate only because of the coincidences. I'm not a reader who appreciates that. I could have done without (view spoiler)[Daryl Hunter's coincidence and "the sister" appearance. (hide spoiler)] However, this is more a register than any other thing. It was definitely not enough reason to bring this down and that's why I'll round up to 5.
Loved both Ash and Pete to bits!!
Ash actually has my heart.
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Don’t look back. Don’t you ever look back…
Shy tattoo artist Ash has a troubled past. Years of neglect, drug abuse, and life on the streets have taken their toll, and sometimes it seems the deep, unspoken bond with his lover is the only balm for wounds he doesn’t quite understand.
Chicago paramedic Pete is warmth, love, and strength – things Ash never knew he could have, and never even knew he wanted until Pete showed him. But fate is a cruel, cruel mistress, and when nightmares collide with the present, their tentatively built world comes crashing down.
Traumatic events in Pete’s work life distance him from home, and he doesn’t realize until it’s too late that Ash has slipped away. Betrayal, secrets, and lies unfold, and when a devastating coincidence takes hold, Pete must fight with all he has to save the love of his life.