Book Reviews

Love Without Restraint (Healing Love 2) by Sara York

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Doctors/Nurses/EMTs/Vets / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 02-April-2013

Book Blurb

The second book in the Healing Love Series. You met Jason and David in Love Without Borders, see if their relationship can survive disaster in Love Without Restraint.

Energetic Jason Ellis is passionate about life, his career as an EMT and his love for Dr. David Blankenship. Then disaster steals Jason’s legs and plunges him into a pit of self-loathing.

David is determined to breach Jason’s cloak of hopelessness. But each attempt ends with Jason adding another brick to the barrier he’s constructing between them. Somehow, David has to break through before Jason completes the emotional walls even love can’t climb.

Book Review

What an absolutely fantastic sequel for Love without Borders! As tough as this story was to read (believe me, you'll need those tissues close by), as rewarding I found the emotional depth that developed between Jason and David. They may have found it deceptively easy to fall in love in the first book, but their love is severely tested in this second book. The change from utter bliss to complete devastation is very well written, both characters' emotions are raw and real, and their path to their 'new normal' is as difficult as I'd imagine if one partner suddenly loses both legs in an accident.

Jason is such a kind, wonderful man, always ready to help. It's tragic that the accident that takes his legs below the knee happens on someone else's shift, one he covered, but it is typical for Jason to be glad it was him and not the man whose wife just had a baby. When Jason wakes up and discovers what happens he is devastated. He also lashes out at David, even though it was his lover who saved his life. The emotional turmoil, the insecurity ("how can he still love me"), and the shutting himself off against the world are typical stages of people adapting to sudden physical disability.

David has, in many ways, a job that is as difficult as Jason's. While he doesn't have to deal with any changes in his body, Jason's problems clearly affect him as well. Not to mention the fact that Jason keeps pushing him away. That hurts him almost beyond what he can bear. Luckily, he is determined to fight for Jason and, as much as he hurts from Jason's emotional "punishment", he never gives up! What a wonderful man!

If you liked these two men in the first book and want to see how they're doing, if you think you have the courage to face the depths of despair with them, and if you're looking for a read that is as emotionally harrowing as it is (eventually) rewarding, then you will probably like this short story as much as I did. It will stay with me for a long time!




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 75 pages/23500 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 29-March-2013
Price $2.99 ebook
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