Title: Something Shattered
Jesse Martin never knew what it meant to belong anywhere until he moved to the small town of El Jardin, NM. Something about the town called to him, and he set about doing what he could to fit in. If that meant keeping some parts of himself separate, tucked away from prying eyes, then that was what he'd do.
Tomas moved to El Jardin to escape the memories of a vicious attack that left him a shattered, broken man. The physical wounds would heal, but the emotional ones seemed insurmountable. Unable to leave his home for more than a brief walk to the mailbox, Caden's isolation was just one more torment that ate away at his hopes of ever recovering.
Two men, each with their own personal demons, living only yards across from one another. Each is fascinated by the other, but unable to find a way to breach the problems that keep them apart. The solution comes in the form of one yappy little poodle, Loopy. His frequent escapes from Caden's yard gives Jesse a reason to approach his neighbor, and form a tenuous bond that will heal their wounds and maybe, just maybe, end their lonely nights.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices.
Author: Bailey Bradford
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Ropes and Dreams, Nischal , Whirlwind, Sabin
Published by Pride Source: Publisher
Published: December 29, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M Erotica, Romance
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When I had first read the synopsis of this book, I was immediately intrigued. I mean who doesn’t love a story about fixing yourself with the help and love from your close friends and family? This M/M romance was touching because not many people realize how demanding depression, anxiety, and mental illness is. This is about a man, Caleb Thomas, who has had a traumatic experience and becomes a recluse. Luckily, Caleb moves into a trailer across the way from a sexy cop, Jesse Martin, whose only desire is to belong. This is their journey in love.
I enjoyed reading this story of Jesse and Caleb because it has touched on issues that many authors shy away from when writing a M/M romance; such as depression, afraid of coming out, anxiety, the need to belong, etc. After Caleb’s accident he is so afraid of leaving his house because he would often get flashbacks which would cause him to feel so weak, he would fall deeper into depression. Jesse, he was so afraid of really coming out to the small town community that finally started to feel like home, he kept his sexuality behind closed doors. These issues hit home as so many in my family have been in their place that it is good to realize we are not alone.
Favorite character by far has to be Caleb’s sister, Kez. She is supportive of everything her brother does as well as give him a push or two in the right direction. She also calls him on his b.s. only in a way that sisters do. I liked how Bailey intertwined their stories so it does not feel like anything was left out.
I would have given higher stars but some of the scenes were drawn out or unnecessary. Then when it was getting to the end it felt like it was on fast forward. It also seemed that some characters that were added randomly in the book did not have a real important role. Although, most questions I had were answered I still feel like something was missing. Overall, it was an enjoyable read with entertaining characters, especially Loopy!
I was given a copy of this book from The Jeep Diva in exchange for an honest review.