Trevor Dixon has made too many mistakes to count. Sober for 13 months, he’s determined to do the right thing: rebuild his relationship with his family and help his brother get Rock Solid Construction off the ground. Failing them again isn’t an option. Too bad the first estimate Trevor goes on alone is for an uptight doctor with a superiority complex.
A hand injury took away the only important thing in Dr. Simon Malone’s life – performing heart surgery. He doesn’t do well with people and has no family, but being a damn good surgeon? He always had that. Now he doesn’t know who he is. The last thing he wants to deal with is the young construction worker who blows his shot at remodeling Simon’s home.
Trevor and Simon form an unlikely friendship. The more time they spend together, the more Trevor starts wondering if maybe Simon’s not as straight – or uptight – as he thought…and maybe Trevor’s new attraction to Simon runs both ways.
There are too many reasons they shouldn’t be together: They have little in common, their age difference, Trevor needing to focus on his sobriety…yet there’s something about each other that they just can’t shake. They don’t feel so lost when they’re together. But with their footing so unsteady, forming a relationship that’s rock solid seems impossible. There’s blow after blow, and the last one just might be powerful enough to crack their foundation for good.
Trevor is a recovering addict working for his twin brother, Blake, doing construction when he meets Simon. Simon is a cardiac surgeon who recently lost his ability to perform surgery due to a break-in and subsequent injury.
The two form a friendship based on running at first, then watching sports and finally they find they just enjoy being around the other. Two lost souls leaning on the other.
Trevor knows he’s gay and is immediately attracted to the “straight” Simon and is shocked when the actually bi-sexual Simon kisses him.
Though their relationship isn’t easy – neither man is free from his past – they take steps to making it work until one secret from the past haunts them to the point that being together looks impossible.
This was a tremendously great book, made even more so by the audio. The subject matter is fairly dark, similar to Riley’s Broken Pieces stories. Both men are very well developed and three-dimensional.
The mystery/hurdle/twist that throws the couple in to separation again is (maybe) a bit predictable but no more impactful.
Joe Arden is a great new narrator (to me) and his voice is very easy to listen to. He doesn’t do a lot to make the voices different but it was easy to tell who is speaking. I thoroughly enjoyed his narration.
For both the book and the narration 5 of 5 stars, highly recommended in either form.
Copy Purchased for Review