Monday, March 26, 2018

Point of Contact by Melanie Hansen

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/M Romance
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Whew! Get the tissues close by when you read this book. It is full of emotions that will eat at you.

Jesse is Riley's best friend. They went through basic training together and have a bond that most brothers would envy. Riley grew up in a non-traditional home – he was raised by his father, who he knew was gay, but never truly had partners until Riley was an adult. Riley sees in Jesse behaviors that he also sees in his dad. But being the good and supportive friend he is, he allows Jesse to come to him. When they are deployed, their lives become more real – they are thrust into situations that, while they are trained for, they really shouldn't be dealing with at their age.

Riley's dad, Trevor, and his partner are hoping and praying that everything will turn out well for Riley. However, Trevor's partner isn't Riley's dad, he's mainly concerned with how Trevor will handle his son going off to war. You see the tension between them and wonder if they will truly last in their relationship.

Jesse and Trevor are trying to cope with all that has happened and in doing so, form a bond that not many others would understand. They both loved the same person in different ways. The title is so fitting for this story because it truly is their point where they come together.

It's sad, honest, and gritty, as well as romantic and healing. These two find a way through grief and heartbreak to a place of peace and acceptance.

This book was heart wrenching but so good. I don't know if the author personally experienced this subject or someone close to them did, but I felt like I was experiencing it with Trevor and Jesse as it was happening. My heart hurt, I cried but I also found hope and love along the way with Jesse and Trevor and their journey. The epilogue was amazing, and I found myself smiling and crying at the same time. Beautiful, heartbreaking story that so many people have gone through; it gives us who haven't, their perspective so we can be more sensitive and more supportive. I just loved this book and can't say enough good things about it.

This was a messy cry book from start to finish. Riley, Trevor, and Jesse all feel horribly real and the author captures the suffocating intensity of Trevor’s grief with heart rending authenticity. This is a beautiful story but was a difficult book to read and a hard book to process.

The story unfolds on either side of Riley’s combat death. We get to know Riley as Trevor’s son and Jesse’s best friend and battle buddy. We see the joys, the playful moments, and the meaningful interactions before Riley dies and the knowledge makes Trevor and Jesse’s experiences after his death all the more poignant.

I really loved this story. I wasn’t sure about the age gap between Trevor and Jesse when I started the book and the best-friend’s-father thing still doesn’t sit perfectly with me. But ultimately, I understood Jesse and Trevor together. The two are bound together by horrific experiences and they fit each other beautifully. This is a special story. Readers will need to be in the right headspace for the book but it’s not a story I will soon forget.

Melanie Hansen has spent time in Texas and Florida prisons… for work. She’s been in a room with a 17-year-old mass murderer who was also one of the most soft-spoken and polite teenagers she’s ever met. After a 13-year career as a court reporter, she can tell many stories both hilarious and heartbreaking.

She grew up with an Air Force dad, and ended up marrying a Navy man. After living and working all over the country, she hopes to bring these rich and varied life experiences to her stories about people finding love amidst real-life struggles.

Melanie left the stressful world of the courtroom behind and now enjoys a rewarding career transcribing for a deaf student. She currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Point of Contact by Melanie Hansen to read and review.

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