Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: How to Save a Life
AUTHOR: Andria Lange
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 195 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 24th, 2016
How do you save someone’s life?
There’s the obvious way of physically saving them from a tragic end.
Then there’s the more subtle way of saving someone who doesn’t know they need to be saved. Someone who is drowning emotionally and has no idea that they are slowly dying.
Ezra Whitmore is one of those people. After tragically losing his wife, he’s still going through the motions, but not really living. All he has now is his son, Spencer, and his career as a dentist. The life he thought he was going to have has been torn apart. The things he had once enjoyed no longer feel the same without the person he had shared everything with.
That is, until Ferris Jenkins crashes into his life. Not only does the lifeguard save his son from literally drowning in the ocean, but he also slowly starts to bring Ezra back to life.
As soon as Ferris lays eyes on Ezra, he can’t get the gorgeous dentist out of his head. He knows nothing will ever happen between them because…well, Ezra is straight and he’s gay. You can imagine Ferris’ surprise when Ezra gets drunk one night, kisses him, and admits that he’s always been attracted to guys. This gives Ferris hope that maybe, just maybe, he can land the man of his dreams.
There were things I really liked about this book and things that were just mediocre and a tad predictable. I enjoyed the writing, the characters, and the story but I wasn’t really wow’d and at times I did feel myself getting bored.
Ezra and Ferris meet under incredibly stressful and trying conditions. Even under said conditions both men are inexplicably drawn and attracted to each other. Ezra has battled with his bisexuality basically his whole life so he fights the attraction, initially. Ferris believes there’s no future for him and Ezra because he believes Ezra to be straight.
Both men have to come to terms with issues involving sexuality, family, parenthood, the trails of a new relationship, homophobia, and moving in together. This is a sweet coming out story, really. It has several deep issues that arise and both men find their bond growing as they move through life.
Like I mentioned I did like the characters in this story. The relationship between Ezra and Ferris was very believable and incredibly passionate. I also found Ezra’s son and his boyfriend a cute little addition. Very sweet.
Overall, I liked the book and if Spencer ever gets his own story I’d be interested in reading it.