“Point of Contact” by Melanie Hansen

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Only love can heal an impossibly broken heart 

There’d forever been a thread running through Trevor Estes’s life—his son, Riley, strong and constant like a heartbeat. But when Riley is killed in combat, everything in Trevor’s life unravels into a mess he doesn’t know how to mourn.

Then Jesse Byrne, Riley’s friend and platoon mate, arrives on Trevor’s doorstep with a box of Riley’s things. Jesse’s all-too-familiar grief provides an unlikely source of comfort for Trevor: knowing he’s not alone is exactly what he needs.

Trevor never imagined he’d find someone who fills his heart with hope again. As the pair celebrate Riley’s memory, their unique bond deepens into something irreplaceable—and something neither man can live without.

But diving into a relationship can’t be so simple. Being together means Trevor risking the last link he has to his son…leaving Jesse to wonder if he’ll ever be enough, or if Trevor will always be haunted by the past.

 

review

*cue the music*

My husband loves military movies. As soon as they start and the music begins, I know I have to either leave the room or grab the tissues. This book should come with a soundtrack. As soon as I opened the first page, I could hear the somber tones in the background. Obviously, I grabbed the tissues and thank goodness I did, because I nearly went through the entire box. I haven’t read a book that pierced me through the heart like this since….well, it was a book from Melanie’s bookshelf. What I’m trying to say is this; this book is powerful, it is heart-shredding and it is glorious. And it is without a doubt one of the best books I’ll read this year and I haven’t dismissed the fact this year is far from over.

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We meet Riley and Jesse in the beginning. They have a rough start but overcame their obstacles and became best friends. But as much as this story is about Riley and Jesse, it’s…not. You see, Riley does not survive the war. *sniff* And this incredible story is about who he left behind. His dad, Trevor, and his best friend. Trevor struck a chord with me. I instantly connected with him and then felt my own heart shatter when his did. We discover Trevor was a teenage father. A hazy night resulted in his miracle…his son. To clarify, Trevor is indeed gay but circumstances that they were produced a child. A child he never knew he wanted but soon discovered he couldn’t live without.
At the tender age of 19, his most previous gift flew across the world to protect his country. And…gave the ultimate sacrifice while he was there. Trevor loved Riley with all his heart and did everything within his power to give him a wonderful life. Riley left Trevor as a young boy and Trevor never got to know the man he became.
This is where Jesse comes into play.
He went to war with Riley. He loved him as a brother. The year he spent with Riley was no less significant than the nineteen Trevor did. War changes your soul. You are forced to bond, connect, and rely on people with everything you have…your life. The last year of Riley’s life that Jesse spent with him could easily identify as a dozen years.
Trevor witnessed Riley’s first breath and Jesse witnessed his last, and this connection soothes two broken men unlike anything else.
This point of connection bonds them, forges them together. Which brings me to what I loved about this story…

love

I loved how Trevor and Jesse came together (not the tragic reason) and helped one another survive the suffocating sorrow and when the light finally began to peek through, they could see their soul mate standing next to them. Trevor’s agony consumed him, reducing him to an unrecognizable shell of the man he was. Jesse walked into the black fire of grief with him, prepared to scorch if it meant helping Trevor to the other side. You should know that Trevor is with another man initially. Actually, he is engaged and preparing to marry this man. But when Riley dies, so does the man Trevor had been up until that moment in his life. He becomes a ghost of the man he was. This ghost drifts through the days and his fiancé becomes his ex. Jesse is also quite younger than Trevor. He was nearly half a dozen years older than Riley but still, we have a decade plus age gap here. Should this bother you? No. It didn’t matter in the slightest. Jesse has endured a rocky life and survived with his smile intact and kindhearted spirit glowing. He was orphaned in his teens and was forced to live in the closet, hiding his true self. Then he lost three brothers of arms, one literally in his arms. Life has not been easy or kind to him. And he is the core strength that holds so many up. I absolutely adored him and his magnificent heart. As you can clearly see, I could rattle on for days about these men and their deeply touching story. But I’ll leave it at this, I know I’m asking you to open yourself up for pain and I don’t do it lightly, but please give them a chance, they deserve all the love in the world.
**And if you’re concerned about a HEA, the final pages left me blinded by the light.

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Oh goodness, I don’t know what else to say?! If you have lost someone in war this may have too many triggers for you. Hardcore angst. Loss of a son. PTSD. Age gap. But please don’t think it’s all torture because it’s not. The soul deep connections and heart-mending love took my breath away. A perfect selection for my “tragically beautiful” shelf.

bookisforIf you love soldiers and can weather the storms of war and the rebuilding of men after war, this is for you. If you are an angst junkie like I am, this is for you. If you love your books with turbulence and a torrential downpour of emotions, this is for you. And even if none of the above apply to you, I still think you should give it a chance…it’s worth it.

 

bookinfo

TITLE: Point of Contact
AUTHOR: Melanie Hansen
PUBLISHER: Carina Press
LENGTH: 451 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 26, 2018
BUY LINKS:  Amazon

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