Reviewed by Kat
TITLE: Love and Strength
SERIES: Dancer’s (book #2)
AUTHOR: Grein Murray
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 127 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 7, 2016
Skylar and Ryan have been happily married for a year, settling into their lives as performers for a theme park and living between the States and Australia. A tragic event threatens to change their lives forever. As Skylar struggles to come to terms with his current situation, he pushes Ryan away. Ryan can’t believe what has happened to his husband, Skylar. One minute they were having the time of their lives-the next, their world was turned upside down. Ryan’s heart breaks with the growing distance placed between himself and Skylar. He knows he has to fight to keep the two of them together. Will love & strength be enough to overcome the challenges they face?
I truly loved this book so much more than I did book one.
Ryan and Skylar are fast approaching their first anniversary of marriage. They have learned to trust each other and are trying new adventures both in Australia and the US. But when one of their adventures goes horribly wrong life changes in a split second. The accident deeply impacts both of the men’s lives. Ryan is frantic for his husband and Skylar is badly hurt. After a bit of touch and go the men have even worse problems on their hands. “Love and Strength” shares with us both men’s struggles when they have to deal with the aftermath of a fun day turning life altering.
I really got this book. I could connect with both men’s struggles and heartache. When your life is totally thrown around in one brief moment it is a very hard adjustment to make. When it is a permanent change it is a even harder thing to bear. I know. I’ve been there and it is not fun. And it doesn’t just affect you but all those around you that love you and just want you to be okay. The author did a great job laying out how hard it is to go from being an active, productive, independent member of society to being dependent on everyone for every need you have. It is both humiliating and degrading at times. I couldn’t imaging it happening in my 20’s however. This book literally had me in tears, not only remembering what those initial days were like, but how hard it was to watch their love threatened by it all. I am in my 60’s and fought tooth and nail not to use a walker. A cane has been horrible enough! The author got this totally right.
This is the second in the series and there is another to come I saw at the end of the book. I am so thankful that I gave this a try. I do believe that you need to read book one to get the full dynamics of their relationship but this book is a true winner! 5 warm, shining stars for this touching and real story!!! A must read that I will be revisiting on my darker days.