Series: Home in the Heartland #1
Author: Sloan Johnson
Genre: Adult, M/M Romance
Published: March 7, 2016
| Dax: My life ended six years ago. No, really. I was dead on the side of the road following a gruesome motorcycle accident. From what I’ve been told, it’s only because of one stubborn man that I have another chance to make something of my life. I no longer hate him for screwing up what I thought I wanted. I want to thank him. NEED to tell him what his actions mean to me.
Now, I’m headed back to the town I’ve never set foot in even though it’s a huge part of my life. I’m not thrilled about that, but the job offers haven’t exactly been flowing in. They’ll probably think I’m crazy, because there’s no way I won’t be able to look at every guy I walk past, wondering if he’s the one who saved me.
Michael: My entire life, I wanted to save lives. I’d earned a full-ride scholarship and had been accepted to med schools across the country. I was so close to making those dreams a reality until the night held a dying man in my arms. I’ve never been able to get the images of his lifeless body caked in mud out of my head. Even when the paramedics tried to take over trying to save him, I couldn’t let go. I never let go. Eventually, my guilt over not doing more cost me everything but my son. And now, I worry I’ll lose him if I don’t get it together.
I’ve often thought that if I could find him, maybe I could get some closure and finally get my life back on track. Now he’s here and I’m more of a mess than ever. Once the truth comes out, will he keep trying to save me or will he realize that it’s too late?
Dax’s life changed in an instant after a motorcycle accident six years ago. But the truth is that it wasn’t an accident. He’d set out that night to end everything. And while he first wanted to curse the EMT who saved him, he couldn’t be more grateful. He found the strength and courage to fight. He found a sense of purpose for his life. And he’s glad he wasn’t successful that night. Now, he has a degree in education and is starting a job as a kindergarten teacher. And it’s in the town the EMT was from. But that’s all he knows of his mystery savior.
Before Dax even gets settled on his first day in down, he encounters a young boy looking for his father. Dax offers to help the child, Jagger, and shortly thereafter meets his father, Michael. Dax learns that Michael is a struggling single father, but he never doubts that Michael as doing the best he can. Not knowing anyone else in town, Dax quickly becomes friends with Michael and Jagger, more than willing to help out his new friend in any way he can. It doesn’t hurt things that Michael is one of the most attractive men Dax has ever met. But he knows better than to even hope for anything–he’s been down that road with a straight guy before.
As Michael and Dax become closer, they learn that they can’t keep their secrets from each other. And there is a lot more to both of them than the other might have expected…
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this title, but I was more than pleasantly surprised. The way in which the author presents this world and the characters is nothing short of masterful. We learn about the characters and their past in an organic way that not only makes sense for the story but also builds the tension and suspense of the plot. And the cast of characters in the background are vibrant and vital to the story without ever overshadowing the main couple. This gets a strong recommendation from me. I see it’s billed as the first book in a series, and I’m definitely looking forward to future installments.
|Sloan Johnson is a big city girl trapped in a country girl’s life. While she longs for the hustle and bustle of New York City or Las Vegas, she hasn’t yet figured out how to sit on the deck with her morning coffee, watching the deer and wild turkeys in the fields while surrounded by concrete and glass.
When she was three, her parents received their first call from the principal asking them to pick her up from school. Apparently, if you aren’t enrolled, you can’t attend classes, even in Kindergarten. The next week, she was in preschool and started plotting her first story soon after.
Later in life, her parents needed to do something to help their socially awkward, uncoordinated child come out of her shell and figured there was no better place than a bar on Wednesday nights. It’s a good thing they did because this is where she found her love of reading and writing. Who needs socialization when you can sit alone in your bedroom with a good book?
Now, Sloan is a tattooed mom with a mohawk and two kids. She’s been kicked out of the PTA in two school districts and is no longer asked to help with fundraisers because she’s been known to lose herself with a good book and forget she has somewhere to be.