Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Review: Unsteady (On Solid Ground #3) by Melissa Collins

unsteadyTitle ~ Unsteady (On Solid Ground #3)

Author ~ Melissa Collins

Published ~  28th April 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





Micah Hudson and Jude MacMillian were both lonely teenagers. One the new kid and one the target of relentless bullying, they quickly became friends. But when friendship grew into more, the relationship was too much for either to handle. As their tenuous bond was tested, everything tumbled down, leaving them lonely once again.
A decade later, Micah is on the brink of losing his will to live. Beyond exhausted from lying to everyone, including himself, Micah thinks of the one person who knows his deepest secret. Desperate and alone, Micah makes the only decision he feels he has: he must leave. But his need for closure depends on one thing.
Can Jude make room in his Unsteady life for Micah once again?


Lisa’s and Mark’s Review

LISA: Mark, this book was yet another winner for me. Unsteady is the third book in author Melissa Collins’ series entitled On Solid Ground. It is no secret that I am a massive fan of Ms. Collins and her heartfelt books. The tales she weaves are simply beautiful and most definitely resonate with me. Ms. Collins has a way of drawing her reader in and making us believe that love can conquer all if we work hard enough at it. What are your first impressions of the book?

MARK: Well, I can’t argue with that Lisa and that is why I love Melissa’s writing. When she writes about broken characters then they don’t come more broken than Micah. He really has lost his way, not only are the emotional scars there but also the physical ones too from his time in the military. What I really loved about this book we see how their backgrounds as young boys / teenagers had an effect on all aspects of their lives and not only their relationship. Yes, Micah is probably someone you could understandably mistake for not being likeable and not a nice person. But once Melissa peels back the layers around Micah then you can see through the pain and hurt and realise there is only someone there wanting to be loved. What did you think about Micah?

LISA: Micah Hudson is a character we meet in book two in this series. He certainly did not come off as a likable character in that book, at least not for me. I was interested to see where this author would take his story given the fact that many of us may have not seen him in a positive light. In this book we see how lost and broken Micah is. He’s home from the military a completely scarred and shattered man, both physically and mentally. He’s tired of lying to himself and to those around him and he’s on the brink of losing it altogether. In a desperate attempt to somehow begin making things right with this life, Micah makes the decision to leave his current life and return to the one place, or should I say person, that knows the real him. The only person who Micah has been brave enough to share his deepest, darkest secrets with.

Micah and Jude MacMillan were once both lonely teenagers who developed a profound friendship with each other. As awkward teens, both boys had their share of issues and they were simply there for each other. When Micah and Jude’s friendship turned into something more complicated than a platonic bond, the confusion and fear that ensued caused a separation that lasted ten years. One thing was certain though. Both men never stopped thinking about the other. As their lives took on different paths, the loved they shared never dimmed and their hearts never stopped aching.

Micah reaches out to Jude not knowing how the other man would deal with his reappearance in his life. As our two protagonists begin to piece back their broken relationship they discover just how deep their feelings run for each other. However, Micah is full of secrets and Jude has a lot on his plate. Is this a recipe for disaster right from the onset?

Mark: You would certainly think so and it certainly does lead to a bumpy ride for their relationship until things smooth out and reaches an even keel. But the one secret that Micah keeps from Jude I must admit did bother me personally a little. I could understand all his reasons but I’m the sort of person who listens to both sides of the argument and couldn’t stop thinking about the hurt, heartache and upset Micah caused by leaving those behind who loved him with no warning to go in search of Jude. I could understand all his reasons for doing this and in the end it all works out OK, but it was just a little issue I had. However, feelings, emotions and relationships are messy and here Melissa gives both our MCs a good whomping before they get to their HEA. I think that’s why it’s so important for me to know the characters back history so you can understand what their reasoning is and why they are behaving in a particular way in the present. Once again Melissa does this masterfully with these two guys and although sometimes their behaviour would be something I wouldn’t personally condone I could completely understand why and where they were coming from. Jude’s reaction however was exactly what I expected when the secret comes out and I couldn’t blame him for feeling the way he did one bit. I guess I would have felt exactly the same way. To be honest I would have been seething for a lot longer than Jude. How about you, Lisa? Did you like the way Melissa gives us the back history on our MCs?

Lisa: Ms. Collins does break this story up into segments of the past and the present. We get to know Micah and Jude as teens and then again as adult men who have both changed significantly. I loved how beautifully realistic this love story was, both past and present. The way Micah and Jude fell for one another as teens was organic and fluid – the deep friendship, the slow progression into something more, the insecurities, the awkward beginning, the desire, the passion. It was all there. When Micah and Jude reunite the messy imperfection that was once their love story and so deeply ingrained into both men has not diminished. However, this time there are more complications and serious issues that must be dealt with if Micah and Jude want a second chance at a happy forever. Their connection is not effortless and flawless. It’s real and complicated.  Both men find solace and peace in each other. The question becomes whether that is enough? Amidst the secrets and the emotional hurdles, can they hang on to one another and fight for a love they have both wanted since they were teens?

I truly loved reading Unsteady. It’s a journey of how two men find their way back to one another. Despite the fact that I was not the biggest fan of the back and forth from past to present and the choppiness that created in some parts, I was still completely immersed in this emotional tale. When I finished the book I had a huge smile on my face. That is the sign of a wonderful romance. At least it is for me. Even though this book left me in romance la la land, it was so much more than a simple romance. It’s about fighting for that pure, unadulterated, once-in-a-lifetime-love that so many of us never find. The kind that you bleed for and cry for. It’s the kind that takes a hold of you and never lets go. It is also the kind that you build forever on. A highly recommended read!

Mark: Yep, romance la la land - lol! Melissa does it to me every time. When you consider how both these guys have had to fight to rekindle their teenage love. Can you recapture that love that’s now in the past? Can you love the same way twice? Well, that’s why the HEA at the end of this book was all the more poignant for me. These guys have had to fight for absolutely everything in their lives and when they reach their HEA it left me with a warm heart and wishing Micah and Jude all the best that from now on things will be smoother and they have arrived home. Oh, one last thing. This book can be read as a stand alone no problem, no need to have read the previous books before starting this one.

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on solid groundOn Solid Ground (Book #1)

When Jacob “Dax” Daxton returns home from war, he has to fight a new battle – the one to find his place in the world. The man who normally has a clear path to victory surrounded by brothers in combat is suddenly lost and alone. After meeting Beckett Ridge, a bearded tattoo artist, Dax’s journey begins winding down an unexpected path.

Still reeling from events that shook his foundation, Beck has never been part of anything meaningful. Now faced with responsibilities foreign and daunting, Dax’s broken spirit mends Beck in ways he never even knew he was destroyed.

As both struggle to find balance, they are healed by the comfort they find in one other. On the other side of chaos, they hope to find themselves On Solid Ground.

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on higher groundOn Higher Ground (Book #2)

When there’s no peace after war…
When there’s no solace after death…
When there’s only pain and suffering…
Anxiety and loss…
All you can hope to find is something more…
Something that makes you whole and complete
Something that puts you
On Higher Ground

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1 comment:

  1. I love these books and hope Amazon gets up and running so I can order 'On Higher Ground!'