15 August 2014

Living Again by Brynn Stein

 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.

Wow! This was simply amazing, such a beautiful book about balancing love and responsibilities.  Daniel is such an amazing character his strength and perseverance through all life has thrown at him is simply amazing, while Jonah is the most intelligent and caring man.  But while Daniel and Jonah are the main characters of this book my favorite character is Jonah’s son, Ethan.  His joy and zest for life in spite of all of his medical problems is contagious.  I loved watching Daniel and Jonah’s relationship grow and I especially loved that both characters had personal obstacles they had to overcome to totally devote themselves to the relationship.

Overall this was an amazing story of the love found in a family you create. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves m/m stories and especially if you like stories with children in them.


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