Resilient Love #3

by Melanie Hansen

Unquiet - Melanie Hansen

Loren Smith has been in love with Eliot Devlin almost his entire life.  During their turbulent childhood and teen years, Loren didn’t always understand Eliot, and sometimes he could be a challenge, but Eliot was the only one to ever truly ease Loren’s deep loneliness and accept him.  When Eliot’s increasingly erratic and self-destructive behavior culminates in a suicide attempt at seventeen, Loren is devastated.

Upon meeting again by chance nine years later, Loren is enjoying a successful career as a police officer while Eliot’s life has been a constant struggle for stability.  In and out of mental hospitals, with a rap sheet a mile long, he continues to be buffeted by the twin storms of mania and depression.  Loren’s love and protectiveness for Eliot are deeply ingrained in him, however, and their feelings for each other are quickly rekindled.

Loren has issues of his own he’s dealing with, and trying to understand and cope with Eliot’s bipolar disorder isn’t easy.  They believe they’re meant to be, and Eliot brings a fulfillment to Loren’s life that no one else will ever match.  But as they both come to realize, love by itself can’t cure all.

Reviews:Kamrun Nesa on RT Book Reviews wrote:

This standalone sequel to Signs of Life follows Kai's best friend Loren on his emotional journey - and trust me when I say that his story will scorch every part of your body and wring your heart dry. Watching Eliot struggle through his mental illness and work hard to overpower it is as heartrending as it is inspiring.

on Authors Talk About It:

Unquiet is not an easy book to read. It is gut-wrenching and full of emotional turmoil, written in such a way that you can really feel the anguish felt by the characters. It’s possibly one of the best, most frighteningly realistic portrayals of mental illness (and the struggles endured by the loved ones of someone with a mental illness) to ever be recorded in the pages of a book. It’s difficult to get through, but only because it is so very real.

Despite its emotional weight, Unquiet was truly a phenomenal book. There is a well-crafted balance of passionate romance, fascinating insight into mental illness and all that comes with it, and the pure human connection between the two main characters. Melanie Hansen writes so honestly, deeply, and thoughtfully that her characters seem all the more believable. Unquiet is just as captivating as it is heart-wrenching; it’s worth investing in the emotional roller coaster that this novel has to offer, because a book as deeply gripping and rewarding as Unquiet is a certain treasure.

Trigger warnings: Mental illness, attempted suicide, depictions of assault and hypersexuality

About the Author

Melanie Hansen likes to consider herself a cynic, but at heart she’s a hopeless romantic. Every morning she gets up before dawn to spend time with her characters, creating stories that are deeply emotional, sometimes heartbreaking, but in the end where love always wins. Melanie’s proud of the fact that two of her books have been named as RT Book Reviews Top Picks.
She grew up with an Air Force dad, ended up marrying a Navy man, and has lived and worked all over the country. Melanie hopes to bring these rich and varied life experiences to her stories about people finding love amidst real-life struggles.

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