Long before he was a successful songwriter and black-belt badass, Blue was a survivor.
He escaped a program designed to cure him. Instead, it left him near death with nothing to rely on but the kindness of a stranger. Hostile and headstrong, Blue needs a calmer influence to balance his fury. Someone to save him from himself.
Brady’s life was quiet and orderly until fate sent him a blue-eyed hurricane. Bursts of temper and flashes of despair batter his efforts to quiet the storm in a man he doubts he could tame. One drowning in the wreckage of his past.
With a head full of lies and a body full of scars, Blue works to rebuild his life with the help of a man determined to prove sometimes trust is worth the risk.
Blue features one of the most popular characters from the Saving Liam saga! Destined for greatness, he reveals the past that made him the scarred bad boy readers love.
Publisher: Not Currently Available
Heat Level: 3
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 36-45
Tropes: Age Difference, Coming Out / Closeted, Find Love and Come Out, Healing Power of Sex, Hurt / Comfort, Love Can Heal / Redemption, May/December, Rescue, Slow Burning Love
Word Count: 64000
Setting: Vancouver, British Columbia
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
Blue shuffled into the room rumpled and silent, several minutes before the clock reached four a.m. He collapsed on the couch, gazed pinned to the television as if it held something more interesting than stock values. Brady pushed back from his desk and walked across the room to drag the afghan from the back of the couch and drape it over Blue. He'd stopped asking if he was alright months ago. It was a pointless question. If Blue was awake at that hour, he wasn't okay, and the reason was obvious.
Brady crouched beside the couch and swept the hair from Blue’s eyes.
"Need anything, Cub?"
Blue shook his head.
He kissed Blue's forehead and stood to retrace his steps. Blue reached out and grabbed a handful of denim at Brady’s shin to keep him from getting very far.
"You'd tell me if I was getting to be a pain in the ass, right?" Blue's voice was quiet and rough.
Brady sank back to the floor. "Yes and you're not."READ MORE
"You're not lying to me because you think that's what I want to hear?"
"Is that what the dream was about?" he asked.
"Don't change the subject."
He smiled. "I'm not lying." He stroked Blue's hair because he couldn't have that conversation and keep his hands to himself. "If you're still worried about last night, don't. I doubt anyone, but the three of us even noticed your mood. No harm done."
The television whispered in the silence, and Blue's expression gained a few degrees of intensity.
"Do you know how easy it would be for me to lose everything?" Blue asked.
"Harder than you think."
"One bad mood too many. One careless comment..."
"You're not a treadmill with a glitch. I'm not going to throw you out because you get on my nerves once too often."
"It happens, Poppy."
"I know, but not with me."
He leaned close to make his point with another kiss to Blue's forehead. Blue had other ideas. He grabbed Brady by the shirt, raised his chin to intercept the offered bit of affection, and kissed him. It wasn't wild or demanding. More determined and full of need. Blue kept him close by the shirt crumpled in his fist, pulling Brady to his knees. He sank fingers into Blue’s hair, encouraged by the lack of objection.
It was hotter this time, emotion that surpassed flirtation weeks ago lit by the sparks, like a paper lantern too close to the fire. He wanted to pull Blue off the couch and into his arms to see how far they could take things before Blue's self-loathing called a penalty. He didn't get the chance.
Blue broke the kiss, Brady's shirt still held in his fist. He dropped his forehead to Brady's shoulder and lay panting against his neck, keeping him close.
"Since we're being honest, I'm not going to say I'm sorry I did that," Blue said.
"That makes two of us."
"I want you, Poppy. Really, really want you and I don't know how to get around the shit in my head to make that happen."
"Dr. Geist would probably say we should do this one step at a time."
"No. She'd tell me I'm moving too fast and need to stop taunting both of us with something we can't have right now."
Blue brought his head up, released Brady's shirt and flopped back on the couch.COLLAPSE
Abrianna on Amazon wrote:
I love the Saving Liam series so I was eager to read all about Blue and what happened in his earlier life. Also, as I love age gap romance, especially in the m/m genre, I was bursting to read this one and I was not disappointed. Not at all.
Blue and Brady meet in unique circumstances, that being Blue collapsing in Brady’s back yard after escaping a camp he was sent to by his parents after he told them he was gay.
Banished to the outside world and having nobody he could trust, he finds an affinity with Brady and little by little he lets him in to his life. With nobody looking out for the young blue eyed man, Brady finds himself wanting to gain his trust and become the one person he can rely on, no matter how many attempts he makes to push Brady’s help away.
This was a deep and angst filled journey of a read that just kept me engrossed into the storyline. There were some frustrating times but also some extremely heart wrenching and tender moments that delivered a well-balanced and engaging age-gap romance. Even knowing how Blue turns out in the end – a successful songwriter and kick-ass dude, it was still an anxious and emotive read to see how this young damaged man took on every knock and push back that was thrown at him. It was rewarding to see how he fought back and overcame his nightmares of the past to become the better person and who he was always meant to be. But it was with Brady’s belief in him and his devotion that helped him the most and gave him the desire to trust again.
I loved how the story dealt with mental health issues and was wonderfully portrayed in Blue’s struggles. But it was the emotion and the connection of Blue and Brady that was the winner for me. The depth of love and trust between them was a joy to unfold and be part of.
Another great book by DP Denman and I highly recommend it. Five stars.
Absolutely beautiful. Wow.
The story of Blue and Brady is not an easy one, but one of heartache and pain. The path to happiness is normally full of past horrors.
When Brady finds Blue he is not in a good place. At all. Blue is more than just a lost soul. He is a damaged one. Those who were supposed to love him allowed certain horrors to take place. Horrors we don't fully know about and never will, based on wat we learn about Blue.
When Brady first meets Blue, he's just a too guy helping a kid in need. He even names him Blue as he doesn't know his real name at the time.
But soon, a helping hand leads to more.
The age difference between Brady and Blue might bother some, but I love it. It makes to difference to them how many years separated them. And really, they knew each other for two years before anything started between the two of them.
This book is emotional, beautiful, and painful. Brady and Blue are two people who couldn't be more different, but they just work.
DP Denman told a wonderful story about love, despite the pain lurking just under the surface.