REVIEWED by Caroline
TITLE: Rescue Me
SERIES: Heathens Ink Book 1
AUTHOR: K M Neuhold
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 220 Pages
RELEASE DATE: March 28, 2017
“Your life can change in an instant”~ Madden
I never thought a night out could change everything. All I wanted was to dance, drink, maybe take a cute guy home for a night of fun. I met the guy, but the night ended as a nightmare. Screams, and blood, and tragedy haunt my dreams. I’m alive and I owe it all to the gorgeous marine who refused to leave me for dead. But how can I start a new relationship when I’m not even sure who I am anymore?
“I’ll always save you” ~Thane
After a long work week all I wanted was to let my hair down and to meet a nice guy. When I laid eyes on the gorgeous, tattooed man at the bar, I had to have him. I never would have thought the night could end in such horror. I saved his life, and I swear I’ll save him as many times as I have to. Even if it means saving him from himself.
**This is the first book in the Heathens Ink series in which every book can be read as a stand alone.
CAUTION: this book is recommended for readers 18+ and does contain one scene of graphic violence that may disturb some readers. And, in case it wasn’t clear from the description, this is an M/M romance, man parts will be touching.
This is my first book by K M Neuhold and for the most part I really enjoyed it and have been left anticipating the next book in the series. Rescue Me follows the lives of two men from very different walks of lives after a brief meeting that throws them together as they come to terms and try to recover from being caught up in a nightclub shooting. If I’m honest reading a storyline that brought back memories of the Pulse shooting left me feeling uncomfortable and it’s not something I want to read in a story again.
Thane is a firefighter who previously served as a Marine and has a bit of a hero complex going on when it comes to saving people. He has lived through DADT and he still lives a closeted lifestyle but that is mainly because he has never found a man he wants to settle down with. His personal life is all about quick hook ups. He’s quite pragmatic about who he is and how he lives his life and when he is very publicly outed after saving Madden’s life he rolls with it and deals easily with the odd asshole at the fire station.
Madden had shitty parents who dumped him out of their lives when they found out he was gay. Their previous attempts to “straighten him out” have left lasting marks on his psyche that he carries with him like a poison and that really impedes his recovery when the shooting leaves him with PTSD and anxiety problems. Madden is a tattoo artist and that job literally saved his life. He has an interesting and supportive group of friends and when Thane saves his life and subsequently offers up his help whilst Madden recovers from 3 gunshot wounds it is easy to see how Thane will fit perfectly into his life.
Although the book covers a lot of heavy subjects including suicide the story lacked depth and some of the serious issues felt skimmed over. I have very mixed feelings about the last 25% of the book. I can completely understand why Madden felt the way he did but to go about fixing himself in the way he did it seemed callous and unnecessary and he could have easily ended up losing Thane. Overall this is a pretty good start to a new series.