Title: Love Like Water
Three years undercover with one of the worst gangs in the country left FBI agent Joshua Chastain shattered. Battling nightmares and addiction, he leaves the concrete jungle for New Mexico horse country, hoping to start over on his uncle’s ranch.
Foreman Eli Kelly spends his life rehabilitating abused animals, and Joshua is just another lost soul. But as Joshua slowly begins to put his life back together, Eli realizes that Joshua is a lot more than his newest project.
Joshua’s plan seems to work—maybe a fresh start was just what he needed. Then, just when he has finally found a sense of peace, crime and hatred nearly destroy all his hard work. forcing him to reevaluate what he wants out his relationship with Eli and his own life.
Author: Rowen Speedwell
Published by Dreamspinner Press Source: Purchased for Self
Published: June 10, 2013
Genres: Male Male Romance
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After three years in “exile” Joshua is making a poor attempt to start his life over in a possible new direction. His last assignment with the FBI left him feeling all the negative effects that one can possibly imagine. He went into a young bright shining star and came out the other side a weakened shell of the man he once was. His uncle’s ranch may just be the change he needed. Josh just has to start caring for himself enough to let the New Mexico ranch heal him.
The Triple C knows all about healing the wounded, neglected, abused, and broken. In his time there Eli has seen all sorts of it, in animals. Josh is the first man he has ever seen that has been broke down so low that an even keel seems impossible. Eli doesn’t set out to fall for Josh. He just wants the man to heal. The uneasy friendship that starts quickly leads to things that Eli doesn’t see possible for a gay man in narrow minded world.
I love reading tortured souls. Josh has been through a harrowing ordeal. The condition he has been left in is heartbreaking. His views of himself are painful. Then once you read how it all came about you can’t help but want for him to get the healing that he doesn’t think he deserves. Eli is absolutely perfect for Joshua. Eli’s kind and gentle soul is exactly what Josh needs. They make an excellent love story.
Rowen Speedwell is a new to me author. I’m definitely going to have to check out some of her other titles. She kept me on my toes with this one. I knew as with all good romances that something was going to happen to push our men apart. It was not what I expected. I liked that. I also enjoyed all the secondary characters that supported our guys on their rough path to a happily ever after. All in all Love, Like Water was an excellent read.
Favorite conversation, Joshua to Eli: “Do you plan on breaking me?” Eli to Josh: “Son, broken is the last thing you need to be.”