- File Size: 2268 KB
- Print Length: 359 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1545490724
- Publisher: M. Collins Author, LLC (April 28, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 28, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071V5B5T1
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved this book, for so many reasons, the biggest part of which was Micah. His struggles and self-loathing called out to my heart and made me want to just hold him and comfort him until all he could remember was what being loved for exactly who he was felt like. As much as Jude had struggled with accepting who he was and learning to live with the things he’d lost, I always felt like he had a far better handle on how to cope with the struggles he faced. Micah appeared to have everything a person could need for most of his life but once we glimpsed beneath the surface it was painfully obvious everything he had was nothing more than a façade. And to me it is far lonelier, far more upsetting to have those things at your fingertips and not be able to touch them, than it is to know the things you need are no longer available to you.
The flashbacks to Micah and Jude’s time together when they were in high school are what made this book so great, to me. Seeing those struggles, realizations, and heartbreaks first hand, rather than having them recounted in other ways let me understand more the hesitance and fears they experienced in the present day scenes. There were a few more scenes I would have loved to have fleshed out in that way, but I know that I would never be satisfied that I had enough of Micah and Jude. Both of their love stories, past and present, touched me in different ways and I am glad to have been able to experience each of them.
I love M/M, especially when done well, and Melissa did a great job with Unsteady. The vulnerability she demonstrated in both of men, especially Micah made this book for me. There is a fine line to skate between making emotionally charged, vulnerable male characters and still keep them powerful and masculine that makes a M/M romance so special to me, and she definitely did it in Unsteady. I am also impressed with how she dealt with important social issues experienced by both gay men and veterans. If Ms. Collins continues to write with the poignancy and intensity of Unsteady I can only see he rising through the ranks of my must read authors.
This is a standalone full length M/M novel, written from dual POV's (going from past to present as they tell their incredible, heart wrenching story).
Confusion, pain, bullying, friendship, discovery of one's true self, first love, insecurities, fear, depression, PTSD, anxiety, hope, mistakes, determination, true love, happiness...these are some of the deep emotions that this author so perfectly brought to life in a beautiful love story! Real, raw, and riveting are good adjectives to describe Unsteady! I laughed, cried, got hot and bothered numerous times, and cried again, but it was all worth it! This is more than just a hot, sexy romance, it's also a heart tugging, real life type story that makes you think and feel! I absolutely loved these two guys, and although they could be so frustrating at times with their anger and hard headed ways (that's a real man for you, right? lol), they also show how it feels so go through drastic, seemingly impossible life issues, all while trying to just be yourself and be happy, regardless of what everyone says and thinks! My heart broke for these beautiful guys, but was also soothed and patched up perfectly by them! I absolutely loved it!! This is my first novel to read by this author, but rest assured, it most definitely will not be my last!!!
This story is no different! Micah stole a little piece of my heart in On Higher Ground, but then I was sort of mad at him while reading this story….not a lot mad, just a little and he more than redeemed himself in the end. Jude was so great as a high school football coach who takes care of his dad and allowing Micah back into his life without question.
In two words, this is simply a wonderful story!!! I love how the characters fought their inner demons and connected on such a deep level. I like how Micah redeemed himself and Jude didn’t quit fighting for what he really wanted. This story just left me breathless and I can’t wait for more from this author!!!
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Unfortunately, this one wasn't a patch on Dax and Beck's tales. Too much was focused on the leads' very different dads. Too much was told in flashback. The leads had spent years apart, pretty much out of touch with each other, and suddenly Micah rings at like 6am one day and asks if he can come stay, and the other immediately agrees, even though he's not going to be home himself, and, no questions asked? There lacked believability in this.
The tale didn't really have much depth to it. Micah had a kid and an ex, and yes, I got that he was in a bad place, but to ignore calls and messages was not the actions of a supposedly loving dad. WTF? His kid needed him, likely thought he'd been abandoned or that his father was dead, and still he made no attempt at even a solitary text?
It felt as if the author felt like she had to give Micah his tale, for the part that he played in making a play on Dax in book 1 of the series. Unfortunately, she didn't give him depth or any redeeming qualities, for me to be able to root for him and believe in him. I stop-started this tale several times before being able to finish it, despite the eye-catching cover. In hindsight, a model-posed cover, IMHO, was deliberately used to mask an under par tale.
Micah and Jude became best friends in high school.
They acknowledged feeling for each other, but circumstances tour them apart.
Fast forward 10years and Micah out of the Army and suffering from PTSD.
He seeks out Jade and its like they weren't apart.
What I did not like in this scenario, was lying by omission. Micah international struggle as real as could be. However if Jude was the one to help coming clean should have been the top priority.
When it finally came ahead it still felt unreal. Then the rest of the book just was not believable.
I felt like I was alongside Micah and Jude following them on there ups and downs
Unsteady broke my heart in parts but also put it back together again
Thank you Melissa Collins for this beautifully intense and emotional story I loved it it was perfect
The story alternates between the past and present, as well as between POV for Micah and Jude. We get the snippets of them in their late teens where they first meet and form a bond. Sadly pressures push them apart and it isn't until 10 years later that Micah goes looking for Jude to try and get some closure and find himself again. This is where those darker themes and thought processes come in, as Micah isn't in a good place.
The storyline progresses smoothly, but I found some of the themes, such as homophobia and bigotry in the Texas town they're in, were glossed over rather than being explored in detail. That said, it was good to see all of the plotlines closed out, including with Jude's father.
The ending wasn't quite what I expected but was well rounded and on a very positive note - especially for Micah's mental health and reintegration into society.
I like this authors writing style and look forward to reading more of her works.
Both Micah and Jude have hidden feelings between each other as teenagers they are trying to find where they fit in but they find solace in other, they have a brief romance before they graduate and it all goes to hell fast track 10 years a wife, son and a military career later and Micah is in a dark place the only way he sees out of it is to search for the love of his life the only person that can help him see the light.
This book is written in dual POV from both past and present. I'm not usually into past and present books but I found I quiet liked this as it didn't go off track and get lost.