Title: On Solid Ground
When Jacob “Dax” Daxton returns home from war, he has to fight a new battle – the one to find his place in the world. The man who normally has a clear path to victory surrounded by brothers in combat is suddenly lost and alone. After meeting Beckett Ridge, a bearded tattoo artist, Dax’s journey begins winding down an unexpected path.
Still reeling from events that shook his foundation, Beck has never been part of anything meaningful. Now faced with responsibilities foreign and daunting, Dax’s broken spirit mends Beck in ways he never even knew he was destroyed.
As both struggle to find balance, they are healed by the comfort they find in one other. On the other side of chaos, they hope to find themselves On Solid Ground.
Author: Melissa Collins
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: On Higher Ground
Series: On Solid Ground
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: On Higher Ground
Source: Purchased for Self
Published: January 2, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance
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In attempt to find himself while secretly mourning the loss of a lover Dax moves to California with his best friend after returning home from war. Dax sees the appeal of the fresh start that Chloe’s apartment offers. Living in the closet at his parents home was one of the things he was running from when he enlisted in the first place. Dax is broken by the horrors he saw at war and the secrecy of who he is sexually eats at his conscious a little more every day.
The only thing in Beck’s life that is sane and stable is his job. He is a successful tattoo artist that owns his own studio. The rest is a hot mess. He was raised in a home that no child should ever have to suffer much less suffer it with a sibling. Said sibling is an addict that has been in and out of rehab numerous times. That same sibling has brought a child into this world that Beck is attempting to raise.
Ruined, Repaired, and Solidified. That is the sections that the author has broken On Solid Ground into. Readers get to see the characters as ruined through flashbacks. Some of them were unnecessary in flashback form. I didn’t need to read about what happened to Beck on the night of his mother’s funeral. That would have served its purpose as a conversation between Beck and Dax. Conversations between these two were needed. Too much was what was going on in their heads. Their lives are messy. They both agree that with all the drama going on in their lives that starting a new relationship isn’t the brightest idea. Yet they go forth in to some very hot sex and too few discussions about what is going on with life.
My biggest problem with this book is Tonka. He’s a pet (service dog) and he is clearly written as a pet. Dax suffers panic attacks and nightmares from PTSD. This gets him a much deserved service dog. Tonka doesn’t go the grocery store with Dax, he stays behind at Beck’s apartment. When Dax goes out for a bite to eat he’s pleased he can find a place with a patio where Tonka is allowed. Beck and Dax even purchase a pet crate for Tonka to travel in when Dax has to fly home to Colorado. Service animals go where their human goes. Violet’s treatment of Tonka as a pet just grated on all my nerves.
I will move on to On Higher Ground. I purchased both books at the same time. I’m hoping I’m more impressed with the second. Sadly at the end of this book I’m not curious enough about Dax and Beck’s life to see where an additional book is needed.