3 stars adult - 18+ Author Provided Book Christmas Contemporary Cop/Crime Fade to black/No Steam Friends to lovers Gay Halloween Holiday Homophobia Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort Little to no angst m/m Mary D New Year's Eve Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words)

One Bullet by Casey Wolfe

NineStar Press

When Ethan Brant was shot, he found himself dealing with severe PTSD and unable to do his job as a police officer any longer. With the aid of Detective Shawn Greyson, the man who saved his life, Ethan not only finds himself again but discovers love as well.

Shawn’s life growing up was less than ideal, however, he overcame that to become who he is today. That doesn’t mean he isn’t missing something in his life. What Shawn hadn’t realized, upon first meeting, was that Ethan could give him all that and more.

One bullet changed both their lives.





The story starts after Ethan has physically recovered from being shot but has severe PTSD. There is a slow start to romance between Ethan and Shawn. They dance around any possibility of being attracted to each other when all their friends can clearly see they are. To be honest the slow build up didn’t hold my attention and I found myself drifting away from the story. It was about half way when they had their first kiss and it was sweet, lovely and amusing. The sex scenes fade to black and I’m fine with that. The story conveys the strength of feelings between them without needing to go into details. In this respect the story does have a young adult feel about it.

Much to my surprise the story is very low angst. I was expecting a lot more given the blurb. In one respect it’s good to have a character whose treatment for PTSD works for them but for me, in this case, it didn’t make an interesting read. When the PTSD did occur there wasn’t much grit to it. It felt glossed over rather than dealt with n detail.

There is a good cast of supporting characters, Shawn’s sister Sophia, Detective Davies, Ethan’s brother Matty and best friend Sebastian who bring in the lighter elements. They would work as a good balance if only there was more grit and angst but as there is not it leaves their contributions flat.

One bullet is a nice sweet story of two people finding love out of a tragic incident. Just don’t expect it to be a gritty drama.

3 of 5 stars


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