Monday, June 11, 2018

Inside Darkness by Hudson Lin

Title: Inside Darkness
Author: Hudson Lin
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Cam and Ty
Release Date: June 2018
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
He’s come in from the field, but the darkness has followed him home.

After a decade as an aid worker, Cameron Donnelly returns home jaded, tired, and with more than just a minor case of PTSD. Plagued by recurring nightmares but refusing to admit he has a problem, Cam quickly spirals into an alcohol-infused depression, and everyone around him is at a loss for how to help.

Journalist Tyler Ang met Cam on a reporting assignment in Kenya, and their first encounters were rife with hostility and sexual tension. Back in New York, their paths continually cross, and each time, Cam’s brokenness reminds Ty more and more of his own difficult childhood. Letting Cam in goes against Ty’s instinct to live life autonomously, but the damaged aid worker manages to sneak past his guard.

Their relationship is all sharp corners and rough edges, and just as they’re figuring out how to fit together, a life-threatening accident puts it all in jeopardy. If they want a future together, both will have to set aside their egos and learn to carry each other’s burdens.

My Review:
This book was so good, but I'm a huge sucker for a wounded hero and you don't get much more wounded than Cam. Cam has spent 10 years working in refugee camps, surviving attacks, hiding his sexuality, and watching the people he's grown to care about die. He's also spent 10 years hiding the effects of all those things, but now it's all catching up with him. He calls it his darkness, but it's really a severe case of PTSD. Throughout so much of the book, Cam is really breaking down. 

Ty is the only one who truly sees Cam. He's the only one who really connects with Cam and can pull Cam out of the darkness. 

Like I said, I'm a huge sucker for a wounded hero and I really liked this story. There's a lot of suspense to the story just because it feels like Cam is slowly slipping over the edge of sanity. But when these two connect, they are so good together and Cam desperately needs that connection. 

There were other, great elements to this story line that I loved...Ty dealing with his job and the racial bias that he receives at every turn. Then there's the whole responsibility for lives that Cam feels and his responsibility to his job with the camps...which is so, so difficult. Every single element to this story was hard as an author to deal with...but the author did a phenomenal job showing the problems and handling them so well. 

I was really impressed with this story and enjoyed reading it a lot. But be warned this is not a happy-go-lucky story. It's serious and dealing with hard issues, but it's so, so good. 

I definitely recommend it.

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

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