Former Marine and lower-leg amputee Carey Everett keeps a grueling schedule of counseling fellow war veterans and their families. The injury he received in Afghanistan forces him to rely on a reserve of strength he didn't even know he had. A much deserved vacation will let him reconnect with his best friend, who saved his life and has been there for him through devastating injury and painful recovery.
Part-time EMT and aspiring singer Jase DeSantis has been in love with Carey for years, but he's come to accept that his straight friend will never be able to offer more. Jase fills his days with band rehearsals, ambulance shifts, and willing groupies, all while trying to cope with debilitating PTSD.
A week of sun, fun, and music in San Diego changes Jase and Carey's lives forever when their relationship takes an unexpected turn. Jase has been longing for that change, but it leaves Carey reeling with confusion. As Jase fights to hold things together, Carey deals with doubts, fears, and his own preconceived notions about labels and the true nature of love.
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Good story, not sold on the narration
I didn't read this one, perhaps I should though, because the story itself was more appealing than the narration.
I can't pick just one, I really enjoyed both Carey and Jase. If I'm backed into a corner I'll Carey because of his resilience for what he's been through and his determination. I really felt for Jase though, after, you know.
I would, yes. I've learned that with this narrator I either love his performance, or I don't, there's no in between. I think that maybe if he himself is more invested in the characters it seems to flow better. Perhaps he can relate more so to certain characters and stories.
The PTSD aspect of the story felt real, researched, accurate and heart breaking.
Loved the Gay for You aspect to the story, the early days of the relationship and the care taken when writing about Carey's PTSD. I didn't like it when Carey broke Jase's trust, the way he treated him at times and the flip from friends to lovers, then the betrayal, for some reason the story didn't feel as real to me anymore after that.
- Tams (TTC Books and more)