Oh my, SLIDE was a powerful, heavy read from the very start. Pete the EMS man is completely and wholeheartedly in love with Ash. Pete is not perfect but he does the best he can with what he's got. Ash is what I would describe as a unanchored, lost young man. The only reason he hasn't floated away on vapors of some unknown nightmare is because of the compassion of most of the secondary characters and Pete. These two MCs are already an established couple when we meet them. I would say to anyone who's interested in read SLIDE, do read it but make sure you're in the mood for the weight of this story.
For mention of past child abuse and rape. Pete is a paramedic and there's a couple of scenes of him going to a domestic violence call and coming to the aid of a victim of rape. There's also brief mention of drug abuse and suicide ideation.
This is a slow-burn - a little too slow as I waited through the first 3/4s of the book for the inevitable to happen. If the prologue hadn't been there - strangely placed as it takes place halfway through the book's timeline - giving everything away, I might have been more invested on going along with the story and letting it unfold in its own time. As it was, I was getting impatient, especially when Ash and Pete just plain did not communicate anything going on with them. It made sense from Ash to a point, but not so much from Pete. I also found the big reveal(s) to be a little coincidental, and not in the "it's a small world" way.
I did like that you tell the difference between Ash and Pete at the POV switch, and the supporting characters are well written, and we actually get to spend some time with them. I also liked that the difficulties of being in a relationship with someone with an unreliable work schedule were addressed and that it wasn't another insta-love, insta-sex story. I would have preferred a few less sex scenes (though I do appreciate that the ones we do get didn't go on and on for pages) and more scenes of Ash and Pete talking and interacting outside the bedroom.
The writing was good though, if a tad repetitive, but aside from the odd missing article here and there, and one line that repeats within a couple of paragraphs, there's no glaring typos.