Just released from the military, wounded warrior Eric Tremaine is trying to put his life back together like the doctors reassembled his shattered leg. He's a man with no home, since his Louisiana family rejected him, so Eric winds up in Texas with his old Army buddy, Adam Winchester, and his lover, Sage.
When Eric decides to stop sitting on his ass feeling sorry for himself, he is introduced to trainer Troy Daniels, who lost both his legs in a teenage accident. Troy knows what it's like to feel as if your body is your enemy. While Eric and Troy have a bumpy start, they soon find enough common ground to make a friendship, if not more. But taking it to the next level means finding out what they have to offer each other, and the world, before they can trust that the love they find together won't cause more pain than pleasure.
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Okay story with mediocre narration.
Filled in the holes in the story and chosen a narrator that could at least attempt a Cajun accent to fit the character Eric.
Hmmmmm.... Josh Stewart as Eric, he can actually hit that Cajun accent.
Troy Daniels knows what it's like to feel like you are less than, to feel like you are lacking because a part of your body is missing or broken. It's part of the reason he's an adrenaline junkie. He feels this need to prove to everyone, especially himself, that his disability doesn't define him as a man or a person. When he meets Army vet Eric Tremaine, sparks fly, but not the ones that ignite from a mutual attraction. Eric mistakenly paints Troy with wrong brush. Thankfully, Eric isn't a man that can't recognize when he's wrong. Apologies lead to lunch and eventually dinner and a mutual attraction is explored, very slowly at first. But Troy has a problem with sitting still, or refusing any offer to do something he probably shouldn't, which just might drive a wedge between him and Eric that can't be fixed.
Okay, I really, really wanted to like this book. I had several issues though, most notably the narration. Eric Tremaine is obviously Cajun, what with the last name but he's also referred to as the Cajun more than once in the story. The narrator didn't even attempt to give him a Cajun accent. He could have given him a southern accent if he couldn't re-create the appropriate tones or nuances for a Cajun, but no, he was almost monotone and it really affected the story for me. The story itself was choppy and at times, stilted. I did enjoy the exploration of feelings and attitudes in the story though. Eric's anger over his injury and the fact that he wanted to make his life around the army, and being injured while on duty killed that dream. Troy's inability to say no when he's offered chances to fly a plane and do stunts, ride a motorcycle and so on. Losing his legs as a teenager, he's come to terms with that but not with his ADD and he just can't wrap his brain around why someone else wouldn't understand his need to prove something.
I think if you're a fan of the author, slightly angsty adult stories or cowboys, then you'll probably enjoy this book more so than I. But I would have to recommend reading it, the narration was just not that great. Sorry.
- Tams (TTC Books and more)
Good but not great