Title: Silver Scars
Author Name & Publisher: Posy Roberts (Labyrinth Bound Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 22, 2015 – 86,700 Words
You need people to love you, especially when you shove them away.
A bomb destroyed high-powered lawyer Gil Lemieux’s seemingly perfect life, and PTSD has ruled every decision since the explosion that left him scarred inside and outside. Moving home with his mom is meant to be a temporary measure, just like proofreading for a medical editorial firm is meant to be a stopgap. But two years after taking on the wrong court case, he’s still living in fear.
Keith Kramer might be based 1,500 miles away from Gil, but their shared work brings them together—a chance meeting that’s life-changing. Gil is drawn to Keith’s good looks and intelligence, but it’s his innate understanding that Gil is more than the scars on his skin that is truly attractive. He’s everything Gil used to be and more. It blows Gil’s mind that his attraction might be returned.
Only doubt could widen the distance between them. Keith’s hopefulness, borne out of surviving some tough challenges of his own, isn’t enough to bridge the distance alone. Gil will need to believe he has as much to offer as Keith if they’re to build a life together.
Gil was a lawyer, a really good lawyer until one case changed his life forever. Keith was in the wrong place at the wrong time which also changed his life forever. These two men have been through hell and back. Each has had their fair share of pain and both wonder if things will ever get better. Gil has PTSD and sometimes the littlest things can set him off. Not only that but he has visible scars that haunt him and scare others so he stays to himself as much as possible. Keith’s condition isn’t as noticeable but he is still dealing with things such as a simple fall for years after the fact. When Gil goes to a satellite office to get some more training he never thought he would end up meeting someone. When Gil meet Keith you can feel that something is between them. One spectacular night between Keith and Gil is all it takes to get Gil to realize there might be something to actually live for. I loved the way these two characters meshed, it just felt real to me. This felt like a relationship that one of my friends would have, it didn’t seem like a “story” at all. The Skype conversations and sessions were hilarious, especially in the beginning when Gil’s mom would interrupt at the wrong moments LOL. The love these two men had for each other was real, they are both flawed but they both understood each other and what each was going through and they still wanted to be together to help each other and love each other. The scene where Gil shows up on Keith’s door step unannounced was H.O.T. It was a great story and I hated to see it end. I will be putting this in my read again pile.
I went into this novel with the understanding the subject matter could be emotional for me. Because the main character’s triggers are not at all similar to mine, I didn’t find it difficult to read. However, other people might feel different and should enter with caution.
This is a steady-paced, gentle story about two men helping each other through different types and stages of recovery. I enjoyed getting to know Gil and Keith and walking in their footsteps.
This is not full of action or dramatic tension, nor is it a drawn-out romance. The sex came across as more loving and sensual than romantic. More than anything, this is a story about two people who needed each other building a life together through their ups and downs. It was tender and softly emotional rather than being a wild ride.
If you’re looking for excitement, drama, and angst, this is not where you’ll find it. But if you prefer something slower with a combination of sweetness and heartache, you’ll want to pick this one up.
Thanks for hosting me today. I’m excited to be here to talk about my new book, Silver Scars and something new.
I’m going it alone, stepping out on a limb, and self-publishing.
I’ve released free reads, but since no money was changing hands, it felt no more risky than a blog post. Then a few weeks ago, I released Cheeky Hipsters & Jocks, a sexy short, but since I released that with some friends, it wasn’t a fully independent project.
This is different. Silver Scars is a full novel. It comes in at 282 pages, according to Amazon, and it was a lot of months in the making, starting with when I wrote my first draft a year ago. It was born as a short story, which I was encouraged to expand on. I thought long novella, at the most, but Gil and Keith had other ideas about how I should tell their story, so it ended up being a lot longer than that. And then I rewrote the last half. Yep, the last half.
I’ve loved the process. I found my independent streak, which has occasionally gotten me in trouble, was a blessing. I enjoy following my own schedule, and because I’m highly self-motivated, I can stick to my To-Do List even on days I don’t want to work.
This was a great book for me to be venturing out on my own with because Gil and Keith in Silver Scars, are both independent men as well. Several years ago, Keith moved across the country to be closer to his doctor, a man who has the best hope of helping him heal from an injury sustained six years prior. He knew no one, but took the chance anyway.
Gil was an independent man, but at the start of the story, he lives with his mother again. At age thirty-eight and after working as a successful lawyer, that’s humiliating to him. But he’s home with him mom for a very good reason. His security, both physical and mental, was taken from him when his house was bombed because of a client’s jilted ex. That doesn’t keep Gil from mentally beating himself up for it.
I’m afraid of what used to be my haven, my safe place. And I’m afraid of being alone, which is why I live with my mom. I’m afraid of crowds and open spaces and nearly everything I’m not familiar with. Even things I am familiar with. I’m easily startled by loud noises and people touching me. I’m a disaster.
But I’m no longer willing to be.
Do you see that desire for independence bursting through? Gil wants to go it alone. Not entirely alone. Since he met Keith, he wants to be with him, but Gil also wants to have his independence back, to feel like the man he was prior to the explosion.
This last year I did a lot of going it alone. Like Gil, fear is often what holds me back from taking the leap. When I had friends encouraging me all along the way, I decided, why not? Why not try it and see?
Posy Roberts writes about romantic male love. Whether these characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories. Posy is married to a man who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep; her daughter, a budding author and dedicated Whovian, helps her come up with character names. When Posy’s not writing, she enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting.