#BlogTour ★★ RESURRECTION ★★ by S. Davidson + my #Review | Teasers | Excerpt | #Giveaway
AUTHOR: S. DAVIDSON
GENRE: M/M MILITARY ROMANCE 18+
PUBLISHER: ENCOMPASS INK
COVER ARTIST: RUE VOLLEY
BUY LINK: AMAZON
LENGTH: 296 PAGES
ADD TO GOODREADS
RELEASE DATE: JUNE 1, 2016
Two men with painful, complicated pasts who have shut themselves down from ever loving again. Complete opposites of one another, one raised in a strict military household, who grew up with the sole purpose of becoming a soldier and defending his country, only to have that cut short by an IED; and the other raised in the rodeo, small town and ranch life his safe haven; and their chance meeting.
How the two of them end up in some small town diner can only be credited to divine intervention. But are both men too damaged? They say God works in mysterious ways. Well, he certainly had his hands full when he chose these two for saving.
Is it too late?
— Excerpt 1 —
At first, Jamie couldn’t move. He didn’t realize at first he’d been knocked unconscious. Carefully, Jamie opened his eyes, everything seemingly to move in slow motion inside a long tunnel. He could barely hear over the ringing in his ears, but he tasted fuel on his lips and what he knew was blood. He could hear yelling, screaming. He tried to yell out, but his body wouldn’t follow his commands. Through the smoke, he could see daylight and he shouldn’t have been able to see daylight from inside the back of the truck. People were rushing toward them and that struck him as odd. He tried to look around, but the pain that shot through his skull was paralyzing. He could feel wetness and knew it was blood on his face, his arms, splattered all over the inside of the vehicle. With great effort, he looked back and noticed several of his men were also injured.
“Andy, call it in,” he directed as if the blast had just occurred. He hadn’t noticed that several moments had already passed as the others outside the vehicle secured the area. “We need medivac! I think we have two KIA,” he instructed seeing Tanner hanging from the turret, blood already soaking his torso. He tried to reach out as he leaned forward to see what Matt was doing as he reached for his medical bag. That’s when he saw – Matt had taken the brunt of the explosion. The entire back end of the Humvee was twisted metal with a huge gaping hole right where Matt’s torso had been. Matt’s body was in fragments, blown apart inside the cabin of the truck and all over Jamie. For the first time, Jamie looked down at his own body and that’s when he screamed –
Excerpt #2 -
“Hey handsome.” Gary bent down and kissed Chris. Normally, it would have been a quick peck, an acknowledgement that they cared and were more than just friends, but this time, Chris reached up and placed his hand around the back of Gary’s neck and with the other hand, he fisted the front of Gary’s shirt and hauled the man down. “Whoa, there. What’s wrong?” Gary pulled back and looked at Chris’s face.
Chris winked. “I need you to fuck me before I revert to using the produce,” Chris whispered, making Gary laugh. When Chris was horny, he had a one track mind.
“Well, now. I dunno, with your leg and all. Your momma told me...” Gary teased.
“My momma is gonna have a better time knowing I got caught without my knee brace than she would if she discovers a few cucumbers missing.” Chris grabbed his crutches and stood. “You coming?”
“Not yet, but I have a notion once we get up those stairs, it won’t be long.” Gary chuckled, following Chris.
Excerpt #3 –
“Good as new,” Jamie said as he hopped out of the cab. He was again freshly showered, hair still wet and pulled back out of his face and Chris picked up a scent of his cologne. He hadn’t noticed that before. He’d always been hypersensitive to smells.
“She sounds better than she did when I first bought her. What the hell did you do to her?” He chuckled, touching the hood affectionately.
“Ah, you gotta know how to treat the ladies.” Jamie was actually quite proud of himself. It had been a while since he’d been able to work on an engine. “Talk sweet to them, tell them how pretty their chassis is, offer them a drink, stroke their bumper, and dance with ‘em. A little nut tighten here, some lubrication there, a bit of a bypass when things get too tight, and before long, they are purring to your song.”
“You are talking about my truck, aren’t you?” Chris laughed. “It’s okay, honey. Did he get under your bonnet and violate you?” He stroked the hood.
Jamie held up his hands. “Hey, that was strictly consensual. In fact, she was asking for it with the way you flooded the poor girl this morning. I’m surprised she’ll even look at you.”
Chris stuck out his hand. “Thank you. I really appreciate you fixing her for me.” They shook.
“Anytime. I actually enjoyed it. Been a while since I had to resuscitate anyone.”
Chris punched Jamie in the arm. “She wasn’t that bad!” He laughed.
“Oh, yes she was! When’s the last time you took her out for drinks, a nice dinner?” he asked, raising his brow.
“Speaking of dinner,” Chris looked back to the load of boxes he still had sitting outside. “If you give me a hand with getting these inside, I’ll buy you dinner, then give you a ride back.” He pointed to the diner.
“I believe I can do that.” Jamie nodded.
“Yes, sir, it is. You have a beautiful place here.” Jamie wasn’t sure if he should leave or stay.
“You can call me Buck. Everyone around here does. Sam tells me your name is Jamie?” he spoke casually. He had a laid back, old cowboy kind of feel to him and Jamie liked it.
“Yes, sir. Chris was kind enough to bring me along. Going stir crazy in that little town,” he admitted.
“Chris mentioned you’d been discharged from the hospital after serving. If you don’t mind me asking, what happened?” he asked, taking a long drag.
Jamie held out his leg and lifted his pant leg just enough to see that his leg was titanium. “IED explosion. Took four of my buddies with it,” he stated honestly.
“How far does that thing go up, son?” Buck asked, leaning forward and taking a good look at the leg.
“Mid-thigh,” Jamie replied. Normally, he would have felt weird, like he was on display, but there was something reassuring about Buck that caused him think it was just genuine curiosity.
“Get to keep your balls?” Buck asked, causing Jamie to laugh.
“Yes, sir. Boys came out just fine.” Jamie was still smiling as he lit another cigarette.
“Did someone call Derrick?”
“Yeah, man, I took care of that myself. He’s going crazy, but I downplayed everything so he understands it’s just a petty wound.” Matt pointed out, knowing Jamie would do the same for him. “Damn, Jamie, you risked your life out there. Nearly lost it, too,” Matt declared.
“How am I?” Jamie asked, feeling discomfort in his back and chest, but the narcotics were on board to keep him pain free.
“I have never seen anyone with as many lives as you must have.” Matt chuckled. “One in your back somehow missed all vital organs and the one in your arm went clear through, into your chest, punctured your lung and came out the other side. If I didn't know better, I'd think you were as hollow as the tin man!"
"Oh, but I have a heart." Jamie batted his lashes as best he could while being drugged to the gills.
"Sometimes I wonder,"
Resurrection is told in three parts with each part telling a story of its own. Part one is about Jamie Massey, the obedient son, the soldier, and the war hero. Part two tells the life of Chris Baker, another obedient son, but with a completely different home life, a champion bull rider, a devoted husband and caretaker, and part three brings Jamie and Chris together. This story covers a time-frame of approximately 25 – 30 years.
From the first page the reader feels the tension of Jamie’s father and the presence he has over him. He’s a high ranking officer in the military and he’s raised his son under the same rules and regulations he uses on the field. He’s homophobic, racist, and an overall bastard that has no problem running his household with an iron fist.
The story chronicles Jamie’s life as he goes off to college, finds his first real boyfriend, Derrick and then onto basic training in the Army. He’s always known his plan was the military and ultimately Delta Force so even though he has a relationship with Derrick it’s something that must remain secret- at all times.
The author establishes a timeline within the chapters so it was easy to follow along as Jamie gets deployed, sometimes for a few months, sometimes for a year, and then he comes back and he may have to transfer to another base, sometimes even a new state.
Most of the story reflects on Jamie and what he’s going through, but the author keeps us in the loop with Derrick so we are developing an attachment with him as we go along. The same for Jamie’s buddies in the military that’s on his team, or his Sergeant. These are all people who have meaning and relevance in Jamie’s life and who he calls his family. They all will have great importance throughout the story.
Part two takes us to the life and times of Chris Baker. He lives on a ranch with two loving parents who have always known he was gay and supports him in every way. He’s a champion bull rider in the young teen division and even though he loves the rodeo, he wants to go to college and be an architecture.
Being away from home is quite the experience for Chris but he’s loving college life and as soon as he sees Ben across from where he’s working at a restaurant he’s completely smitten. Chris and Ben have a love at first sight relationship that lasted for many years.
Just like with part one, the author chronicles Chris and Ben’s life together through college, after they graduate, getting jobs and making life commitments.
As the blurb says, both Jamie and Chris are devastated by loss. Each with their own tragedy and complications, both are shown how cruel life can be, how obstacles seem insurmountable alone, and that it’s okay to reach for help.
Part three brings together two men who have experienced more death and destruction in their lifetime than any man should have too. Jamie is a man who has pushed his body and mind to the absolute limit for his country, a war hero, over and over, and now a disabled veteran on the verge of pulling the trigger any minute.
The pain and anguish and the nightmares/flashbacks he endures, day after day, is heartbreaking and gut-wrenching and the author translates that clearly, in my opinion. The reader, also, has a ringside seat to PTSD and what soldiers go through, usually alone, after their time is over in the military. It’s a cruel reality and the author didn’t sugarcoat any of it.
Chris contemplates putting an end to his turmoil just like Jamie although they are on completely different spectrum's, but all it takes is one look at each other and they recognize that distant lost look in each other that they see in the mirror each day.
They start out with a tentative friendship, both leery of each other, but the more they open up with each other the more they come to understand how much they have in common and how much they have suffered similar circumstances. Their relationship is a slow-build and it’s a work in progress with a lot of rehabilitation still a necessity for Jamie but with Chris by his side, he’s no longer alone.
Resurrection started out slow and I even considered putting it down and starting a different book. I wasn’t sure I was going to connect with the author’s writing style and/or plot, for that matter. By Chapter Two, I was getting into the rhythm of the story and by Chapter Three I didn’t lay the book down until the end.
I was completely consumed by this story, I was doing the ugly cry at one point, and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s not an easy read. As a matter of fact, it’s pretty hard to get through in a lot of places. There’s a lot of death, pain, anguish, turmoil and extreme angst that was very palpable but what kept me reading were the parts that had me smiling from ear to ear, the joy they share with each other, and the promise of a future together.
They have some knock down drag out fights but they never hold a grudge with each other and their make up sex was pretty awesome. It's rough and aggressive and for the first time it’s something that both partners want and enjoy and it’s hot and intense. It’s raw and feels very right. It’s an incredible story of redemption and perseverance, fighting demons and winning and opening your heart to love more than once.
S. Davidson is a new author with Resurrection being her first published book and even though there’s always room for growth and improvement I thought it was a remarkable story and I’ll definitely be reading more from her in the future. 4.5 stars
** Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review **
About the Author
Who is Shelly Davidson?
Shelly is someone who has been writing literally her entire life (and that’s a LONG time) and has always written M/M. Her first story was back in high school and she hasn’t stopped since.
Of course, Shelly never dreamed of getting published, so needless to say, she’s in heaven! Shelly loves her characters. Her writing focus is real people, flaws and all, who are hurting or damaged, but deserve a little joy in their lives.
Shelly was born and raised in Arizona, but currently lives in California because that is where the money is! She is currently single, but has a grown daughter and an adorable grandson both of whom she loves dearly.
While she usually stays pretty much to herself, she does have a Bachelor’s in Social Services and a diverse background that ranges from theater to health care and currently works in accounting, she swears it’s not as boring as it sounds.
While this is her first publication, it is by far not the last! She plans on being around for quite some time!
You’ve been warned!
YOU CAN FIND HER HERE...
JUNE 1 : http://bayoubookjunkie.blogspot.com
JUNE 3 : http://www.lovebitesandsilk.co.uk/
JUNE 4 : http://www.prismbookalliance.com
JUNE 5 : Http://lushbookreviewss.blogspot.com
JUNE 7 : http://www.inkedrainbowreads.com
JUNE 9 : http://lovebytesreviews.com/
JUNE11 : http://bfdbookblog.net/
JUNE12 : http://diversereader.blogspot.com/
JUNE13 : http://www.mmbookescape.com
JUNE14 : http://dawnsreadingnook.blogspot.com