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Ten years is a long time to live with a broken heart.
Ten years ago Zeke Malloy had everything: A happy childhood, a shot at a state championship wrestling title, a best friend, a boyfriend (albeit a secret one but that was okay because, once they graduated, that would change).
He had love, happiness……a heart. All of that changed in the blink of an eye.
One moment he was deliriously happy, looking forward to a future with Digger Brandt, building a life, a home, a forever, with him.
And then it was gone, disappearing like the tears that flowed down Zeke’s cheeks as he watched from the back of the church as Digger married Lisa – with his father sitting proudly in the front pew. Those tears were still flowing when he walked out of that church and went directly to the nearest recruiting office. Because he didn’t just lose the love of his life that day, he lost his hopes, his dreams, he lost…..himself.
For the next ten years, he was a machine – the best Marine, the best friend, but like a machine, he did it all without a beating heart.
His was dead…..or was it? Was ten years too long? Was a broken heart too much?
Zeke didn’t know. Hell, he wasn’t even sure he wanted to know.
From the moment Digger walked up behind him and said Hello in that smooth, sexy voice that used to light him up six ways from Sunday, Zeke was screwed
The only thing he really knew now……..was that he was about to find out.
When I read the blurb for this book I was just a bit excited. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite deliver for me. I was expecting angst and heartbreak in abundance but that wasn’t really the case here.
So Zeke and Digger were best friends, then lovers until they weren’t and Digger broke Zeke’s heart. Fast forward ten years and you get a lot of lamenting and quite frankly whining about how broken they both are. I think one of the problems for me was that I was expecting their story to start when they were young and be told over the years and it wasn’t.
The story is told in the present day with flashbacks from the past. There’s really hardly any story about their lives in the ten years they were apart and as a result, it didn’t really work that well for me.
There were too many things that didn’t ring true to me…
-The reason for Lisa agreeing to marry Digger wasn’t really explained in any great depth.
-Zeke had been back in his hometown where Digger was for four years and their paths didn’t cross until one night in a bar?
-Zeke went from being angry, hurt, upset with Digger( emotions he’d been harboring for ten years) and then suddenly, after one night everything seems to be forgiven.
Three-star reviews are the hardest to explain because it sounds as though I didn’t like this. And that’s not really the case. There are positives here…
-I loved the relationship Zeke had with his military brothers and I’m looking forward to getting the other men’s stories in future books. There are just enough teasers about a couple of the men to have me interested in this series.
-The writing is solid and even though I had some issues it was a compulsive read.
-Zeke and Digger turned out to be super cute together.
Overall, it was ok and is a promising start to what looks set to be an interesting series.
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~About the Author~
I did not choose to write…..writing chose me
Kendel Duncan is the pen name for Dara Nelson. Why a pen name? I first chose it because I was initially writing in two different genres (M/F Paranormal and Gay Romance). I’ve since transitioned into a strictly gay romance author – writing romance, action, suspense and second chance romances. I’ve tackled subjects that I’m very proud of, including losing a spouse, living with HIV, among other things. I was born and raised in the Bay Area of Northern California but have made my home in the Pacific Northwest for more than two decades. My husband & I live on a small farm surrounded by chickens, goats, 5 dogs, and a cat, in the shadow of stunning Mt Rainier. With my grown children and grandchildren nearby, my life is always busy, happy and full of laughter.
I am an active Blogger, having created Love Unchained Book Reviews out of my love for all things reading – mostly MM books. Owner of Dare Publishing & Design – Offering quality, affordable services for indie authors, including: Editing, Publishing, Book Cover Design and more!
When I’m not on the phone with my best friend (which is at least once every day) – I am an avid, addicted reader. It is my passion, my escape, my joy
And I am most definitely a writer. The characters in my head are constantly demanding that their story be told.
But above all that – I am a human being. My passion for people is unparalleled, my firm belief in Love is Love unwavering, my hope that all can be accepted, undying. I do not write because I want to, I do it because I have to. I write because these voices, these beautiful men, have chosen me to tell their stories – and how damn lucky am I for that? As an author, I write under both my name and my pen name (Kendel Duncan), with total transparency and honesty.
Dara Nelson is the author of: Author of the successful ‘Healing Hearts’ series (Love in the Aftermath, Love After Chaos, Love Worth Fighting For – and more to come soon)
“5 stars5 stars Amazing!!”
“This is not your average romance story. It is so much more. A book that touched my heart.”
“OMG!!! This was probably one of the best books I’ve ever read.”
“This is the first time I’ve read anything from Dara Nelson, but it won’t be the last. I need more of her writing!”
Under the pen name Kendel Duncan: Author of the popular & critically acclaimed ‘Black Ops Heroes’ series and the new top-selling ‘Doyle Global Securities’ series
“I can’t recommend Kendel Duncan or Black Ops Heroes ENOUGH!!!! OMG, everyone who likes strong vulnerable men will love these stories!!!”
“I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND THIS AMAZING SERIES!!!!!”
“I love how you keep the story going and keep all the characters interesting. Can’t wait for the next book!”
“The emotions are so raw and just I don’t have the right words to express how amazing the books are. You have to read them to understand. I can’t wait for the next installment!!”