Title: I Survived Seattle (Coming About #1)
Author Name & Publisher: J.K. Hogan (Wilde City Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 19, 2014 – 161 pgs
As if being a deeply closeted gay man living in the South isn’t enough, Justice Crawford also suffers from a crippling anxiety disorder. Flying cross country to be the best man in his best friend’s wedding probably isn’t the best idea, right? Forced back into the closet after being rejected by his family, Justice has given up on the idea of finding acceptance and love. He has allowed his disorder and his troubled past to keep him from taking a chance, but love might just find him where he least expects it… in Seattle.
Sailor and charter boat captain Nic Valentine is still reeling from the unexpected death of his father, when the man of his dreams—literally—falls into his lap. He thinks he’ll never see the man again, but fate has other plans. Nic tries to resist the charms of adorably quirky, nervous Justice, because he has no desire to get tangled up with another closet case. But when life keeps throwing them together, will Nic decide that Justice might be a keeper after all?
Justice and Nic’s story has some beautiful moments. Their early meetings feel fated and Nic’s calm reserve is a wonderful contrast for Justice’s anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder.
I loved Nic – the sailor is pretty much the perfect man. A past relationship has left him bruised and wary, but his pursuit of Justice is wonderful.
I struggled to warm to Justice. His closeted angst didn’t ring true for a 28 year-old in Seattle. I felt the author exaggerated his discomfort with his sexuality to add conflict and intrigue to her plot. His clinical anxiety was enough without stuffing the poor man into a closet.
Justice’s relationship with his family was also difficult for me to believe. After an awful adolescence, his new-found intimacy with his mother didn’t ring true at all. This series seems to have good guys and bad guys, friends and enemies, allowing little room for the shades of grey that most human behaviour and relationships exist within.
I read this series out of order, and I found that I really enjoyed catching up with characters from the other books in this one. This series is interconnected, not purely sequential, so each book works alone and all of the books play together without giving too much away.
This book does set the stage for the series. We get to see the whole group of friends together for Rory’s wedding before later books focus on individual characters. Having read ahead, I liked seeing how characters have grown since this first book.
Nic is one of my favourite characters in the series, and I’m glad Justice eventually makes him happy. I couldn’t have read a whole story purely focused on Justice, but wrapped in the confines of such a good series and matched with my dream guy, I didn’t mind him too much at all.
Well I liked parts of this book but I did not love it! Let me tell you why… All the drama in this book felt like what I would see in high school aged kids not adult men. So that knocked it down a little bit for me otherwise I did like Justice. Some of the things he would say, he had a serious foot in mouth problem but you could not help laughing a little and being embarrassed for him because you knew he did not mean to say that. I liked Nic’s character also. You definitely feel like these two fit together. There was a few very hot scenes in this book also! So all together I liked this book but the drama I just felt like was too much…
I really enjoyed this book and it was my first book by J.K. Hogan. I really like Justice and loved Nic. Justice had many issues, from anxiety disorder, panic attacks and he was still in the closet. Nic and Justice had an almost instant attraction and I felt it was very believable. I loved how Justice was able to handle his anxiety by just being on the water. What I didn’t like was how the author was made Rich into the bad guy. You could clearly see he had issues himself. I absolutely loved the ending and how the author was able to bring Nic and Justice back together again and loved that Justice was able to have a relationship with his mother.
Absolutely would recommend this book to anyone looking for a light read. Can’t wait to read the next book.
J.K. Hogan has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, beginning with writing cast lists and storylines for her toys growing up. When she finally decided to put pen to paper, magic happened. She is greatly inspired by all kinds of music and often creates a “soundtrack” for her stories as she writes them. J.K. is hoping to one day have a little something for everyone, so she’s branched out from m/f paranormal romance and added m/m contemporary romance. Who knows what’s next?
J.K. resides in North Carolina, where she was born and raised. A true southern girl at heart, she lives in the country with her husband and young son, a cat, and two champion agility dogs. If she isn’t on the agility field, J.K. can often be found chasing waterfalls in the mountains with her husband, or down in front at a blues concert. In addition to writing, she enjoys training and competing in dog sports, spending time with her large southern family, camping, boating and, of course, reading! For more information, please visitwww.jkhogan.com.