A bomb destroyed high-powered lawyer Gil Lemieux’s seemingly perfect life, and PTSD has ruled every decision since the explosion that left him scarred inside and outside. Moving home with his mom is meant to be a temporary measure, just like proofreading for a medical institution is only meant to be a stopgap. But two years after taking on the wrong court case, he’s still living in fear.
Keith Kramer might be based 1,500 miles away from Gil, but their shared work brings them together—a chance meeting that’s life-changing. Gil is drawn to Keith’s good looks and intelligence, but it’s his innate understanding that Gil is more than the scars on his skin that is truly attractive. He’s everything Gil used to be and more. It blows Gil’s mind that his attraction might be returned.
Only doubt could widen the distance between them. Keith’s hopefulness, borne out of surviving some tough challenges of his own, isn’t enough to bridge the distance alone. Gil will need to believe he has as much to offer as Keith if they’re to build a life together.
- Author Name: Posy Roberts
- Book Name: Silver Scars
- Release Date: June 22, 2015
- Pages or Words: 86,700 words
- Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Reading this book was tough in many ways, and in many ways these men made it really easy. Both so scarred by events in their lives, Gil not believing anyone would love him because of his physical, as well as emotional scars. PTSD had taken quite the toll on the former family law attorney, making his struggles to engage in every day activities prominent. However, after meeting Keith, he found that he no longer was willing to wallow in his pain. He began to work through his challenges to find a way to be “worthy” of Keith.
Meanwhile, Keith’s challenges were more physical after a gunshot wound had left his leg damaged six years before. However, he was in the space to feel positive about the future, and try to encourage Gil to be as well. He hit a huge snag in his recovery, and although you could tell that he was brought down by this, they worked together to find a way to get through it.
Although this book would be considered “insta-love”, it was amazing how their connection unfolded organically. They became connected BECAUSE of who they were at that time in their lives. From there it just blossomed into what would be considered a normal long distance relationship. Gil made a huge step himself, changing his entire life for Keith, and even with a major setback, he was able to continue to move forward with the life he wanted.
This was not an easy read, and it certainly wasn’t a light read. But what it was was a REAL read. These types of men exist in real life, and have to live with the consequences of someone else’s actions.
On anther note, the author did a fantastic job portraying PTSD, and the ongoing effects of it. It was obvious from the nightmares, to psychotherapy, to the every day dealings that this was something that the author felt strongly about portraying in the most realistic way possible. I commend the author on the amount of research on PTSD that must have been done to complete this book.
My final determination is four pieces of eye candy. If you want an authentic portrayal of PTSD, and the effects on a relationship, and how to work on overcoming those effects, this is a great book to read.
Posy Roberts writes about romantic male love. Whether these characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.
Posy is married to a man who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep; her daughter, a budding author and dedicated Whovian, helps her come up with character names. When Posy’s not writing, she enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting.
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Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Rafflecopter Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card
Tour Dates & Stops: June 22 – 26, 2015