This was a really unique story and I kind of love the author for it. The blurb is very clear on the events that happen so you know that going in. What you don't know is how creatively this author is going to tell the story.
"Point of Contact" told in two parts. Before Riley's death and after Riley's death. The way this is done lets the reader get to know Riley well. (he's in about 30% of the book) so it's not just Trevor and Jesse who are destroyed when he dies. You as the reader are going to feel it too. I think it was a brilliant way to handle it because it really helps you understand the overwhelming grief that both men feel.
Another thing I loved about the book was that this is a slow, slow burn. They get to be good friends before it switches to romance and the entire thing feels so believable. It didn't bother me at all because I was so invested in them. I'm not sure I've read a book before that does such a good job of painstakingly building a relationship and taking the readers along for every step.
I also felt the author did a great job with grief and how it manifests and how it comes and goes. I've read a few of this author's books now and I'm pretty sure she's got a background in social work, therapy or something related because she really does mental health issues well. She nails it every time.
And the communication.....I could just weep from joy over how they communicated. Like adults. Like reasonable people who sometimes have problems to solve. It was so refreshing and it made me absolutely love the mc's. There's also an ex of Trevor's that was so wonderfully handled. Sometimes things don't work out but that doesn't mean that person is the "bad guy". I loved, loved, loved how that all played out in the end. In a book of very emotional scenes, their last scene was one of the most emotional for me.
I realize the subject matter isn't for everyone. As a mother myself the whole death of child thing was super hard to read in places. My heart broke for Trevor. But if you can tolerate that then I highly recommend this book. This was top of the line storytelling. It was unique and heartbreaking but also just beautiful. I loved every minute of this and I'm not sure I've ever been so happy to see two people get their hea.
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.
This book is approximately 120,000 words