A Resilient Love story
Loren Smith has been in love with Eliot Devlin almost his entire life. During their turbulent childhood and teen years, Loren didn’t always understand Eliot, and sometimes he could be a challenge, but Eliot was the only one to ever truly ease Loren’s deep loneliness and accept him. When Eliot’s increasingly erratic and self-destructive behavior culminates in a suicide attempt at 17, Loren is devastated.
Upon meeting again by chance nine years later, Loren is enjoying a successful career as a police officer while Eliot’s life has been a constant struggle for stability. In and out of mental hospitals, with a rap sheet a mile long, he continues to be buffeted by the twin storms of mania and depression. Loren’s love and protectiveness for Eliot are deeply ingrained in him, however, and their feelings for each other are quickly rekindled.
Loren has issues of his own that he’s dealing with, and trying to understand and cope with Eliot’s bipolar disorder isn’t easy. They believe they’re meant to be, and Eliot brings a fulfillment to Loren’s life that no one else will ever match. But, as they both come to realize, love by itself can’t cure all.
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Wow. I’ve been really on a streak with my book choices lately. Talk about heart-wringers – this one will literally jerk it from your chest and pound it into the floor.
There’s something to be said about being on the inside of something like mental illness. If the author is good – it’s an uncomfortable ride – but worth it.
This – like the others I’ve read recently – had that same effect. From the blurb you get that Loren (who we met in book 2 as Kai’s love interest) and Eliot have been in each other’s hearts for years – since they were six in fact. The love story here is less about them “falling in love” and more about them working through that love.
Lord. Eliot has a tough road, and as a result so does Loren. It’s not something that will ever be “fixed” but it can be “managed”. His disease is so severe that there really is no cure. Loren – who has to be about the most saintly person out there – only knows that he loves Eliot like an extension of himself and he can do nothing more than be there for him – come hell or high water.
Melanie Hansen’s writing is beautiful and her story telling is heart breakingly touching.
I won’t say that this book is easy to read, because it’s really, really not. But – if you’ve got it in you to brave the Kleenex box – again!- you’ll find yourself in a truly remarkable story full of big, big hearts and people with faults and perfections.
The epilogue about did me in – be prepared – but it is a decidedly HEA – in as much as these guys get one.
4.5 of 5 stars
Michael Stellman is probably the perfect narrator for this. His voice seemed to really suit the subject matter and all the deep emotions.
While I would have enjoyed some more accent variation, I think the overall tone really felt appropriate and this is an excellent way to enjoy this fascinating story.
4.5 of 5 stars
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