Author: Georgie Leigh
Length: Super Novel (334pgs)
Publisher: Silver Publishing (7th July 2012)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Love can be dangerous. Though they’re drawn to each other, for recently injured Charlie, love is like a leap of faith into unknown waters. For Ness, who has loved and lost before, this time love could be suicide.
Everybody knows jumping into unknown waters is suicide. But sometimes it’s the only way off the ledge. When Sydney cop Ness meets vivacious surfer boy Charlie, his resolve to never fall in love again shatters. Charlie’s carefree life of sun, sand, surf, and sexy men is disrupted when the only way Ness and the emergency response team can save him from a car wreck is to remove his right arm.
Charlie needs support and companionship, but as he and Ness take a leap of faith into love, their doubts and fears are compounded by the possessiveness of Charlie’s troubled foster brother. Amid physical and emotional chaos, Ness and Charlie fight for the only thing that can save them: each other.
Review: When Ness is called to the scene of an accident he never expected to see his one night stand from a month ago. Ness spends the next four hours getting to know the beautiful surfer and now he is hooked. Charlie is struggling with losing his arm, but he is happy to see his rescuer again when he is in hospital. They begin a relationship, with both of them working out their personal demons. But, Charlie’s foster brother Joey is hostile and before long Ness and Charlie are fighting for their relationship and each other.
This is an exceptionally well written story of personal demons and outside influences. Charlie is involved in a car crash and loses his arm; Ness is one of his rescuers and also a one night stand. They embark on a relationship that is both difficult and loving, Charlie feels like his life is over and that nobody could possible want him, but Ness slowly helps to build up his confidence and self-image. Ness believes that there is something wrong with him as his last partner shot him and then killed himself. he believes he missed something and made him so unhappy that he tried to kill him. Charlie tries his best to reassure Ness that he couldn’t be happier, but the doubts linger. When things start to go wrong both men blame themselves, but it isn’t long before they realize that they are being manipulated.
I loved this book! The story of Charlie and Ness’ relationship and the psychological minefield that they wade through to find happiness is touching. The progression of the story is well paced and the characters are likable and loveable. Both men are strong characters in their own way, but they are also vulnerable. Charlie’s is mainly self-image and not just what he looks like, but the image of himself as a man who was independent and suddenly having to rely on others for everything and it making him feel like a baby. And, with Ness, it is mainly his own feeling of being unable to keep someone happy and his fear of letting someone else down. When you learn Ness’ background story you can understand that fear.
When you read this book, you can see where the plot is going, but that doesn’t take away anything from the pleasure of this story. There are a lot of psychological problems in this story and not just for Ness and Charlie. Joey, Charlie’s foster brother hates Ness and it isn’t until late in the book that Charlie pieces together all the clues, but by then it just might be too late.
I will recommend this book to those who love emotionally scarred men, harrowing loss, strong characters who take the help of friends, finding love when least expected, some angst, hot loving and a happy ending.