Melanie Hanson sure knows how to bring the angst. I thought I was gonna cry my way through the first chapter. Fortunately, that was the most angst in the story. Jeremy and Kai had a struggle to come together as a couple. There were very real issues for Jeremy and residual effects of tragedy that he never fully dealt with. This was a story of healing for him. Kai was a very strong character, who had truly been through his own hell and came out being the best person he could be. His close friend Loren, who was also a sometimes f**k buddy, had helped him in very important ways. Kai and Loren's friendship became somewhat of an obstacle for them and Jeremy as well.
Fantastic character building and strong secondary characters, as well. It was a realistic setting and they faced problems that can occur in anyone's world. It was sweet, sexy and sometimes a little sad (beyond chapter one). We catch a glimpse of Carey and Jase, as Jase was a friend of Jeremy's. So a fitting second story and I'm looking very much forward to Loren's book.