Curiously, what drew me to this book was the series title, Losing My Way. I was unfamiliar with the author or the earlier series Queens of Kings that this one is associated with. I couldn’t resist a story about these guys who had been married and together a long time only to stumble and be on the brink of parting.
The novella is associated with the other series and I believe the characters- at least Bryan- were in the earlier series. That being said, I had no trouble reading this as a standalone. However, I am now interested in going back for the others after meeting the broader cast of characters.
Lt. Bryan Smyth of the NYPD was shot in the chest and recovered enough to be home and ready to start doing what he needs to get back on the active duty roster. He also did some soul searching about his personal life. But right when he’s ready to take things in hand including his marriage, his husband, Justice Amari, slaps him with divorce papers accusing him of being ashamed of his marriage and always keeping Justice a dirty secret not to mention Bryan’s own wavering desire to stay married after the loss of their baby daughter. The accusations and the divorce announcement hurts, but he knows he wasn’t there for Justice and Justice probably deserves better. Give up or fight for his marriage? The Amari family helps him fight for love.
Justice has been holding his marriage together for five years. He and Bryan had been in love and together since Marine boot camp. They both served and he still serves while Bryan is a cop. Separate dangerous careers, deployments, Bryan’s hateful parents, the loss of their child and now Bryan nearly dying have taken their toll. Bryan has held him at a distance and all along has kept him secret at his work. Justice can’t do it anymore. But right when he actually signs and hands over the legal papers, he is brought up short by the fateful decision he is making to walk away from love. And his family all caution him to consider carefully.
This one is a novella so it develops fast. I have no way of knowing if the characters got much page time in the earlier series, but I was well satisfied with the development and plot of this one. It is sad to see a long-time marriage on the brink and even sadder when the reasons why start to come out. Neither man are completely wrong or right. It’s like the series title says, they’ve lost their way. This story was the process of them finding their way back.
Now it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Whether it is a pairing of a hot and fit Marine and Cop (scorching hot bedroom time) or the antics of Justice’s sister plotting to help Bryan keep the marriage together, this was an engaging read. Justice comes from a remarkable, close and loving family. Bryan does not, but he has the Amaris at his back.
All in all, I enjoyed this fast and heartwarming read that is full of heat, but also an engaging story. Easily recommended to M/M Contemporary Romance fans.
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.
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