Daniel Larson has walled himself off from any possibility of romance since his lover died violently five years ago in Afghanistan. The same bomb that ended his partner’s life took the lower part of Daniel’s left leg. The only support Daniel has, his Uncle Lawrence, is dead-set against anything homosexual, including Daniel.
Now, a popular language teacher at the local university, Daniel's suffering from a car accident that broke his one good leg. His uncle, who is much better at throwing money at things than offering emotional support, provides a rented power chair and a private in-home nurse. Unbeknownst to his uncle, the nurse comes in the form of a man named Jonah Thacker.
Instantly attracted, Daniel and Jonah fight their mutual feelings in favor of professionalism. They become friends anyway, and Jonah shares his life with Daniel, including his handicapped son, Ethan. As Jonah and Daniel grow closer, Daniel becomes more involved in Jonah and his son’s lives, even being there for Ethan when his medical conditions worsen. But when Daniel’s uncle finds out the nurse he's hired is male, he uses all of his resources to keep Jonah and Daniel apart.
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Only because of the narrator.....
If your child suffers from missing limbs, missing part of the lungs or a heart disease, you probably might not want to read about another child going into surgery. Stay away from this book.
I bought the book because narrator Randy Fuller is a good one.
And while his reading was - as always - perfect, the book just lacked ...and to be honest, it started okay, average, not really special but okay. Unfortunately it went downhill from there.
Let's just put the most important issues here:
Both MCs are so guarded and reluctant to commit to anything, it really hurt. For grown men, who should be able to honestly decide stuff from time to time...well, they were just kind of tooooo chickenhearted. Then - they never talked (at least I got the impression because obvously weeks were passing without any discussions about their issues) and then on the other hand, they talked without solutions, just another "you don't trust me" with tears-moment. I'm not sure, but it would be interesting how many shiny eyes had been mentioned in the book. So it got more and more of the same issues and the repetition got boring.
Then Ethan...yes, he was adorable. So, this going to be serious: As someone with a kid with a heart problem, I really would have appreciated if anywhere in the blurb Ethan's problems had been mentioned a bit more clearly than "handicapped" and "medical condition".
I've found the whole set-up very sloppy. Ethan must be the exception from the rule because a child with his handicaps being as energetic as he is described??? Sorry, I have only experienced the opposite so far. Also, after a heart surgery transporting the kid back to his room??? Geez - I hope that my kid never needs one in the US if that is the usual way. My son had been in the ICU for a few days with his personal nurse.
So...while I liked Ethan, his character, actions and story didn't fit. In the end I was just annoyed.
Let's talk about Uncle Lawrence. Why was he even in the book? To add a villian? Geez, that was kind of useless. For that he wasn't present enough. The only thing I got to see because of him was that Daniel took far too long in my opinion to man up and show him the door. Why the **** did he even allow his uncle to pay for his nurse? And being afraid of him? Oh my...poor Jonah, your "spouse to be" is kind of a wuss...
I think if I hadn't loved the narrator, I wouldn't have finished. For me it defintely was the wrong book. Readers who love overly romantic, tearstained declarations, commitment-shy timid MCs who just think over and over again how much the other one already means to them...(yes, phrases like this have been used over and over again), sprinkled with a dose of adorable cute sick kid, they will love this book.
Nein, aber die Hörprobe hatte überzeugt.