- File Size: 1687 KB
- Print Length: 261 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Encompass Ink (May 31, 2018)
- Publication Date: May 31, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07DFWKBX8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,764 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Twenty-two Kindle Edition
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Then I started and in a few mere pages I got the biggest gut punch I have experienced this year. And the story hasn't even begun... Now you gotta promise me you'll go on reading no matter the size of this punch. It will be worth it, I guarantee!
So even before it all started I was already shocked and falling for one of the MCs. And then the story truly began and I got a beautiful, emotional, painful love story spiced with the gritty, brutal details of the life of a combat veteran. Please read the warning and triggers carefully and take them seriously. Some scenes may even hunt you for the rest of your life.
The title speaks for itself and you know in advance that this will be a difficult topic to read about. The suicide rate amongst military veterans is devastatingly high. 22 a day... that means one in 65 minutes... let it sink for a while... unbelievable.
The portrayal of Taylor's struggles is masterful. Your heart is going to break for this young man (and for all the men and women our there in the same situation who live around us) and all the horrid things he goes through each and every day.
The plot is wonderfully built and you don't even realize how quickly you are sucked into this world, how quickly you feel for these amazing characters.
This story is another masterpiece by this author with all the vividly described events and the wide range of emotions we get to experience though our MCs. We get family, we get friendship, we get adorable kids, parenting, we also get bigotry, prejudice, small town living, we got life on a ranch and we get flashbacks... scary, gut wrenching, devastating flashbacks. We also get two strong wonderful men, each with their serious amount of baggage who share a powerful chemistry, and find a vulnerable, true kind of love in each other that needs to be cherished and protected through it all. Taylor and Unka Ryry deserve all the happiness. I hope we get to see more of these two in the future.
Part One: Taylor Durant (first 16%) 3 years ago...
I really liked Taylor. Maybe it's because I love photography and can see beauty even in the most horrid things, like Taylor. Maybe it's his personality. Either way, I really enjoyed the first part.
Part two: Ryan McVee-2 years later (16%-30%)
Man, I love me some cowboys!!!!? And cowboys with children? 😍😍😍
Everything is finally put together in this part. I love that the vast majority of the book was part three. I'm a big romance lover. And while a lot of this book has to do with the effects of PTSD for a soldier you could still feel the romance between Ryan and Taylor.
At the very end there is a small reference about something in the first book, Resurrection. While, you don't need to read it to enjoy this book I would suggest that you do so anyway. It could be before or even after you're finished with this one.
Overall, excellent book. I've never really put much thought into what some soldiers go through when they finally come home. This book, and Resurrection, has opened my eyes and taught me something new.
Suicide, or thoughts of suicide are no joke. Like our author says, it is NOT a sign of weakness to ask for help. Talk to a friend, a family member, anyone with a shoulder to lean on. Just, please... ask for help. You don't have to go through your battle alone.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book!
Twenty-two was amazing, Ms. Davidson has written two books dealing with the subject of returning veterans and their often-unseen wounds. The first book is called Resurrection and the second one is Twenty-Two. After reading Twenty-Two, I needed to read Resurrection immediately. Both books are amazing. Twenty-Two introduces us to Ryan, a rancher raising his two nieces upon the death of his sister and her husband. Ryan is heavily invested in making a success of both his ranch and being the best parent to his nieces he has no time for a relationship. Beside the fact that in a small town being gay could stand in the way of both of his goals. So, he contents himself with one-night stands. Taylor proudly served his country for four years until he suffers a horrible injury that leaves him scarred in both mind and body. He looks to escape his reality in one-night stands, knowing he is too damaged to ever be with someone. Meeting one night and using each other to fill an unspoken need Ryan and Taylor. Only life is never that simple, Ryan and Taylor need each other. Now they just have to find their way. Sometimes the more you fight against something the more it keeps coming back. Ryan knows he needs to fight to have Taylor, what he doesn’t know is how hard the fight is going to be. And Taylor, he wants Ryan and a HEA but he doesn’t have it in him to fight anymore. This book is honest in the troubles many of our veteran’s face in their return home. The secrets and pain they have to keep hidden just to get by. But you will find yourself rooting for Taylor with every page. I have put this author on my watchlist just because she is that good.
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