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- Print Length: 275 pages
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- Publication Date: January 20, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NCL53OZ
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Paper Hearts: A Veterans Affairs Novel Kindle Edition
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While working his employer's booth at the Denver Pride Parade in Denver, ex-Marine Benito viewed a tall, well-formed African-American man with dreadlocks who was drawn from Benito 'Benny' Quintana's profile of the perfect man. "Damn but the guy looked familiar". Benny should not be in a bar after celebrating 287 nights of sobriety but this is a celebration of life and the celebration became much more exciting when his "Mr Tall Dark and most handsome" suddenly appeared next to him at the bar. After a close encounter of the oh so intimate kind, Benny has an even bigger surprise. The man, Michael, reminisces "you have the same name as my best friend form high school"......
It's been a long time since high school and both boys, now men, have changed. Michael is not 'out' but this man who reminded him of his best friend 'Benny' was both the catalyst and the beneficiary of his 'first time'.
Benny and Mikey have both suffered great tragedy. Both have secrets and very complicated lives. It's pretty hard for Benny to explain how a Marine with two Purple Hearts is discharged with "other than honrorable' paper. Mikey, never married and not 'out' has a 6 year old daughter with very conservative grandparents who would love to take her from him. Each man has a strong need for the other, for the best friend of the past and the man of today.
The author's emotionally stirring Veteran Affairs series includes linked but standalone complicated love stories. The setting is a fictious town, Red Deer, Colorado, a small town with a healthy veteran population and even more, a healthy gay veteran population.
Themes of wartime injuries including TBI (traumatic brain injury), PTSD, therapy dogs, extreme loss and big big love make this series and particular this story, Benny and Mikey's story, a wonderful reading adventure. I'm begging for the next installment. It is that good.
The story is fantastic.
The dialogue was very natural and believable.
The characters were ones that barged into your heart and held on tight. Even when you wanted to shake them silly.
I'm sure there are a lot of fine physicians in the military who take their jobs seriously and bend over backwards to give the best care to the wounded and provide follow up after they're discharged. Maybe we need to do it better!
The story does seem to be a little lost on whether it wants to focus more on the romance part of the story or make some big intrigue about Benny's TBI and alcoholism. Not that this is Highlander and "there can be only one." But it helps to have one be the priority in the story.
Overall, a good writing, with several instances of name switches between the main characters. But I have a fondness for our military boys, past and present. And I look forward to the sequel trying to learn from this story.
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