Title ~ Signs of Life
Author ~ Melanie Hansen
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 28th September 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
A Resilient Love Story
Successful lawyer Jeremy Speer has it all—a loving husband, a beautiful home, and a cherished dream that’s about to become reality. He’s learned not to take happiness for granted, meeting the challenges of life and love head-on with unwavering commitment and fierce devotion. A series of tragic events leave Jeremy shattered, adrift on a sea of unimaginable pain. He’s able to piece his life back together, but instead of embracing it, he merely exists, using isolation and punishing physical exertion to keep the world at bay.
High school teacher Kai Daniels has a heart for at-risk kids—he was one himself, and a teenage brush with the law and some troubled years behind bars left him scarred inside and out. With courage, hard work, and the support of friends, he’s built a fulfilling life that leaves no time for a relationship.
An intense encounter with Kai at a gay club ignites a spark in Jeremy that he thought was extinguished forever, but he’s unwilling to destroy the fragile peace he’s managed to create, and he leaves Kai humiliated and disappointed. Things should have ended there, but a bizarre occurrence brings the two together in a way neither of them expected.
Signs of Life is the second book in Melanie Hansen’s Resilient Love series. While we do get a glimpse at how the couple from the first book is doing, you can certainly read this book as a stand-alone. This book is an emotional tale about being brave enough to take that second chance at love. When you have experienced a devastating loss that leaves you questioning how you will go on it takes a lot of courage to emerge from a grief-ridden state and open your heart once again to possibilities. There may be a light at the end of your dark tunnel; however, sometimes you need a push in the right direction. Perhaps that little push is gorgeous, has dark hair and beautiful golden eyes…..
Jeremy Speer is someone who has it all – a successful career as a lawyer, a committed relationship with a husband who he loves and cherishes and a beautiful life. That is, until one day all of it is ripped away from Jeremy. In the blink of an eye, his life changes and leaves Jeremy drowning in unimaginable pain and heart-ache. The loss leading him down a very dark and lonely path. Fast-forward a couple of years and Jeremy has managed to slowly piece his life back together again; however, he is hallow and an empty shell of the man he once was.
Jeremy meets Kai Daniels at a Portland night club where the pair are instantaneously attracted to one another and end up giving in to that attraction in one very intense encounter. Jeremy gets spooked and ends up running off thinking that he would never see Kai again, essentially leaving Kai humiliated and angry. Who would have believed that Kai’s job as a high school teacher in an alternative school would be the very thing that brings Jeremy and Kai face to face once again? Certainly not our two protagonists. The insane and sizzling connection they share is still burning bright and ready to incinerate them both at any given moment. Will Jeremy be able to push past the pain of his past and embrace a new beginning with Kai?
Ms. Hansen has written a story with two very endearing protagonists, although Jeremy could be a real ass at times. To the outside world Jeremy is this gruff individual who lives a very solitary life, but underneath that cold façade there is a fragile man too scared to allow anyone in again. He can’t imagine ever allowing himself to open up and make himself vulnerable ever again. The reality of having to possibly lose someone again is too much for Jeremy to fathom. He would rather remain locked up tight with his emotions in check. Kai comes into the picture and essentially turns Jeremy’s life inside out. As Jeremy and Kai begin to spend more time with one another and their relationship deepens, both men struggle to make sense of how the other makes them feel and what this means for their futures. While this book did deal with some very powerful topics and was heavy on the angst at times, I did feel a little detached at times. I am not sure why. It was nice to see this emotional love story come to fruition and see just how Jeremy and Kai fit into each other’s lives.
All in all, Signs of Life was a great and satisfying read even though it did not blow my socks off. The next book in the series will feature Kai’s best friend, Loren. I am definitely looking forward to seeing what Ms. Hansen has up her sleeves for Loren’s book which is entitled, Unquiet.