FROM BRAD VANCE, his first full length romance novel...When Jamie walks through the door of the Humane Society, it's not just an animal who needs rescuing that day. Tom is there to adopt another service dog into the Canine Comrade Corps, but it's Jamie his heart goes out to. But each man turns... show more
FROM BRAD VANCE, his first full length romance novel...When Jamie walks through the door of the Humane Society, it's not just an animal who needs rescuing that day. Tom is there to adopt another service dog into the Canine Comrade Corps, but it's Jamie his heart goes out to. But each man turns away, walks away, from the potential pain, the rejection, the knowledge that it'll all end in tears...Jamie knows damn well that the HIV he contracted from an unfaithful lover has put him out of the dating game forever in the small town of Santa Vera. Tom lost his legs in Afghanistan, and picked up a side order of PTSD to go with that. He's managing both of those issues with strength and black humor, but the real problem is that only now does he realize he's gay...now that the revelation would be one more thing to put his family through, after everything else they've had to deal with. So both men grin and bear the loneliness, put their feelings on a shelf, even as Jamie's volunteer stint at CCC turns into friendship and, despite their resolve, something more................................Tom saw Jamie's smile. He's totally relaxed about this. You're getting there. This is going to work out, this is going to be a friendship. I need this. To be with normals again, people who aren't...Well, the fact was that Jamie wasn't normal, was he? The fact that he had been through what he'd been through, in Tom's mind put him on Tom's side of the world, on the island of broken toys. Someone who could understand, who wasn't one of them, the ones living a life oblivious to suffering, illness, pain. It's too bad, Jamie thought calmly. If only I didn't have the bug, I could do this, I could...well, at least fantasize realistically about this becoming something. People liked it when you were just a little broken, he knew from experience. It lets them think that you're not so unattainable, gives them the confidence to make a move. Then, they can fix you, be the one to un-break you, so they get to have it all, get the perfect lover in the end by coming to it through the side door.Yeah, he smirked. But they don't want you when you're just a little too broken, just a little bit beyond where you can be repaired back into perfection, their reward for accepting those lesser flaws for a while. Some things stay broken, and nobody wants that.