Title: Living Again
Author Name & Publisher: Brynn Stein (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 21, 2014 – 200 pgs
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.
I loved this book from the very start until the very end. Daniel has had a crappy hand dealt to him, his best friend and lover died and in the same accident he lost a leg. THEN several years later he is in a car accident and breaks the one good leg he has. I mean seriously, that is just a crappy hand! Daniel’s uncle hates the fact that he is, but since he is Daniel’s only family he just tries to ignore it and uses his money to hire a nurse to help Daniel until he is able to be self-sufficient again. Daniel’s uncle flip out when he finds out the nurse is Johan. Jonah has been dealt his own crappy hand but he doesn’t let anything get him down. As Daniel and Jonah spend more time together they get to know each other and become friends. Their relationship is sweet and real and you can feel the emotions come off the page. Add in Jonah’s adorable little boy and you can’t help but fall in love and root for them. Of course everything isn’t smooth sailing but these two guys will let nothing stop them from being happy. It was a great story and I highly recommend it.
Brynn Stein has always loved to write. Fan fiction, original fiction, whatever. While Brynn wrote in numerous genres—everything from mystery, to contemporary, to supernatural—she had always tended toward strong male characters. And then she discovered “slash,” male/male romance, and all those strong male characters were finally allowed to express their love for one another. It seems that there are always at least two characters clamoring to tell Brynn their story.
Brynn lives in Virginia with one of her two two-legged children, and two four-legged ones. Her supportive family encourages her writing and provides a sounding board for fledgling stories. When she isn’t writing, Brynn teaches children with special needs. In free time, when such a thing exists, she reads anything she can get her hands on, and haunts bookstores. She draws and paints, and enjoys the outdoors—especially if she can get to the beach—and is always thinking about her next story.