Monday, March 26, 2018

Point of Contact by Melanie Hansen

Title: Point of Contact
Author: Melanie Hansen
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Trevor and Jesse 
Release Date: March 2018
Publisher: Carina Press
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Only love can heal an impossibly broken heart 

There’d forever been a thread running through Trevor Estes’s life—his son, Riley, strong and constant like a heartbeat. But when Riley is killed in combat, everything in Trevor’s life unravels into a mess he doesn’t know how to mourn.

Then Jesse Byrne, Riley’s friend and platoon mate, arrives on Trevor’s doorstep with a box of Riley’s things. Jesse’s all-too-familiar grief provides an unlikely source of comfort for Trevor: knowing he’s not alone is exactly what he needs.

Trevor never imagined he’d find someone who fills his heart with hope again. As the pair celebrate Riley’s memory, their unique bond deepens into something irreplaceable—and something neither man can live without.

But diving into a relationship can’t be so simple. Being together means Trevor risking the last link he has to his son…leaving Jesse to wonder if he’ll ever be enough, or if Trevor will always be haunted by the past.

This book is approximately 120,000 words.

My Review:
Hands down, this is absolutely one of the best books I've ever read. I don't care if you read anything else about this review, but you need to buy this book. It was phenomenal...and heartbreaking...and hopeful...and gut-wrenching...and romantic. I literally would go from sobbing through one paragraph and then to laughing out loud in the next. It was so, so good and so well written. 

I seriously cannot say enough good things about this book. 

But let me at least try. This book is truly Trevor's story. Trevor was a single teenage dad at the age of seventeen. When his son, Riley, turned 20 he was sent to the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan with his best friend, Jesse. This is their story...the three of them. Because the story is very intertwined. It's intertwined with grief, surviving, love, and recovering from the world's worst devastation. 

Both Jesse and Trevor are trying to deal with Riley's death and they find comfort in spending time with one another. At first, it's simply a friendship developed from their mutual grief, but slowly it becomes more. And for Jesse, this is a big deal because the single other person in his life that he'd come out to besides quick hook-ups was Riley. 

Seriously, there is so much emotion to this story. The epilogue just about killed me, but there were moments throughout the entire book where I was a sobbing mess. My husband is retired military and I have a twenty three year old son who's active the grief aspects really hit me hard. 

But beyond the grief is a beautiful romantic story. I loved Jesse and Trevor together. Jesse was the oldest of their squad and Trevor had Riley so young, there's not as much of a difference between their ages as it sounds. I loved how they worked their way through their emotions and respected how each of them dealt with their losses.

It was simply a beautiful story that touched me in every emotional way possible. I loved it so, so much and WILL be reading it again. I desperately hope Carina Press comes out with it in paperback so I can add it to my keeper shelf. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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