Thursday, January 21, 2016

New Release: Unquiet, by Melanie Hansen

Title: Unquiet (Resilient Love, book 3)

Author: Melanie Hansen

Publisher/GR Link: Dreamspinner, GR

Genre: MM Contemporary

Vice: Cops, Recovery, Mental Health

Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

Lock this book up: 3 keys, this book is hot and very sexy

Length: Novel

Satisfaction: HEA, but well earned!

Cover Impressions: Very fitting

Synopsis: 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 seventeen, 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 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.

Impressions:  This was a wonderful book that made me work for the well earned HEA at the end.  This book was hard to read at times, but Eliot was such a wounded and raw character, and Loren was such a loving, but also struggling, counterpart, that I couldn’t put the story down until I went through their challenges with them.

I really appreciate that Hansen didn’t gloss over mental health issues, and she didn’t simplify the very real struggles that people with mental health issues, and those who love them, go through.  Loren has his own journey to go in this process, and I really loved that he was not a perfect cardboard cut out of an MC that “rescued” Eliot from his disorders.  Hansen didn’t shy away from the raw parts of this love story, and it really set this novel apart from others who have touched on these struggles. 

This was a wonderful story, and even during the challenges, I was so invested in these guys that I wanted them to get their HEA and Hansen kept the story moving at a great pace.  The epilogue us heartbreaking and uplifting, and I think that must be how Loren’s life and Eliot’s life will be.

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