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You need people to love you, especially when you shove them away.
A bomb destroyed high-powered lawyer Gil Lemieux’s seemingly perfect life, and PTSD has ruled every decision since the explosion that left him scarred inside and outside. Moving home with his mom is meant to be a temporary measure, just like proofreading for a medical editorial firm is meant to be a stopgap. But two years after taking on the wrong court case, he’s still living in fear.
Keith Kramer might be based 1,500 miles away from Gil, but their shared work brings them together—a chance meeting that’s life-changing. Gil is drawn to Keith’s good looks and intelligence, but it’s his innate understanding that Gil is more than the scars on his skin that is truly attractive. He’s everything Gil used to be and more. It blows Gil’s mind that his attraction might be returned.
Only doubt could widen the distance between them. Keith’s hopefulness, borne out of surviving some tough challenges of his own, isn’t enough to bridge the distance alone. Gil will need to believe he has as much to offer as Keith if they’re to build a life together.
Sometimes in life you take one step forward and then two or three steps back. It can become a dance of highs and lows. Navigating the nasty lowlands can be a nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be. The trick is finding the perfect dancing partner. Gil found just the right dance partner, but he’s not sure he’s capable of a duo just yet.
Gil’s life was sailing along in blissful harmony when everything came to a screaming halt. His successful career as a family law attorney provided him with all the luxuries he desired. One thing he never expected was for it to come laden with devastating risks as well. An attempt to take his life failed and yet succeeds in so many ways. The scars on his skin don’t come close to the scars on his soul.
PTSD isn’t cured with a round of antibiotics or any groundbreaking surgery. It’s never completely remedied but restoring balance and regaining control is the ultimate goal. Gil yearns to sit in the driver’s seat again; he’s been hanging on in the backseat for a while now and he desperately wants to get his life back. But what happens if he can’t?
Keith is everything Gil didn’t know he was missing. Keith peers straight into Gil’s heart and for once Gil relishes in the intense focus. He doesn’t understand their immediate connection but he can’t deny the staggering pull any more than he can fight it. He realizes, he doesn’t want to fight it. When Gil is with Keith he feels stronger, safer and less like the shell of the man he was.
Keith is no stranger to unfair and unlawful acts either. The harrowing incident that forever changed him was nearly six years ago and time is a precious thing when it comes to recovery. He thought he was prepared for whatever may cross his path. Sadly, he realizes acceptance and perseverance can be pushed to a whole new level.
I saw the beauty in the midst of the turmoil.
Love wields great power.
Love is the key to freedom.
Posy has quickly become one of my go-to authors. I adore the intensity and complexity of her stories. Polished writing seals the deal. I believe I would have been content to cut the last ‘incident’ out. I suppose I just wanted that last ride a bit earlier.
If you like uphill battles filled with raw emotion and don’t mind a fall or two along the way, this is a climb worth taking….the view from the peak is breathtaking.