A Veterans Affairs Novel
What happens when what you need could cost you everything you’ve ever wanted?
What Dmitri Wellington wants is out - out of debt, out of his rundown farmhouse, and out of Red Deer, Colorado. Salvation beckons in the form of a job opportunity in California.
What newly-discharged army veteran Troy Johnson wants is simply to lay down - lay down his weapon, lay down some roots, and lay down the memories that haunt him. Red Deer sounds like the perfect place to do it.
Sparks fly when their paths cross one hot Fourth of July weekend, and suddenly they find that what they need is each other.
But the memories Troy is running from are hot on his heels and, whether Troy wants it or not, Dmitri is determined to save him from the demons he hadn’t even realized he was fighting.
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Publisher: Independently Published
Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Word Count: 60000
Setting: Small Town Colorado
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
J Torleif on Amazon wrote:
I LOVED the story.
The writing style is great, the story is believable and it is easy to forget it is not real. The plot is interesting and I got sucked into Red Deer's world right from the start. The pace is fast and I was quite surprised how fast I read it.
After reading blurb I just HAD to read it, but this book was not what I had expected. It was better. I expected "easy" romance, a vet with some problems but nothing serious and of course sweet unbelievable end. I got something completely different. There was nothing easy about Troy and Dmitri's relationship, they were struggling to cope with everyday life' problems and with their past. Troy's problems were serious and it was painful to read how depressed and lonely he was.
What is more, the story brings up the issue of veterans problems, how difficult their life after military is, how difficult it is to get back to civilian world once back from war zones.
It was my first book by this author but it won't be the last one.
A.E. Wasp has an evocative writing style in this book that perfectly describes Troy's feelings. His sense of being rudderless at the beginning of the book fit my own experiences when first leaving the Navy so well that it brought me back to that time. I could also sympathize so closely with his despair and hopelessness later on, that I had to take a break for a couple of hours to clear my head.
I liked that both Dmitri and Troy had to work on being in their relationship - that it wasn't simply Troy, with his PTSD, who had to work to find happiness. Dmitri was also easy to empathize with, especially his struggles with self value.
Ultimately, I loved that this book was a story of hope and love. There were still issues that both Troy and Dmitri continued to work through, but the fact that they made the conscious decision to make their partnership a priority was beautifully done