Book Reviews

Nothing's Missing Now by Westbrooke Jameson at MM Romance Group at Goodreads

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 24-June-2013

Book Blurb

Dear Author,
My name’s Liam and I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’m missing a leg. That hasn’t stopped me though, well, maybe it did for a little while. But he’s (yup, I said he...shocking right?!) here in my life now and not letting me give up.

Photo Description:
Model and former Marine Alex Minsky poses in red briefs while holding a rolled-up white towel behind his shoulders. Most notable are his tattoos and the fact he wears a blade prosthesis on his right leg.

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love Has No Boundaries" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.


Book Review

This story isn’t just cute, sweet, and hot, it also takes the level of warmth up another notch. The emotional intensity of an ex-Marine who has lost one leg and is just now finding a way to live and be loved again is great, as is the realism of what it can mean to suffer from PTSD. The emphasis is on the dealing with it though, not as much the suffering. And in that sense, this is also a book with a message of hope. Recovering from heavy physical trauma will be different for everyone, but just seeing one case end well is a wonderful thing.

Ex-Marine Liam has gone through a really rough patch. A bomb took most of his right leg, he had other wounds to deal with as well, and got into real trouble during the recovery when he started drinking. The first step, remaining sober, has been taken, and he is now about to take the next, with his prospective boyfriend, Ray. Liam is nervous, scared, and very uneasy about the idea of having Ray meet his parents, but Ray doesn’t leave him much choice. Not that Liam really minds, but he cannot help but be a little apprehensive.

Ray is a wonderful man. He clearly has Liam pegged, and understands that he'll need to push a little if he wants to move their relationship to the next level. Liam just isn’t self-confident enough (yet) to take action, so Ray does. He is brilliant about it. There is no pity, just love, understanding, and wanting to help when needed. The thunderstorm (which reminds Liam of explosions) and how Ray steps up and supports Liam through it is a great scene and basically says it all.

If you like stories about men dealing with physical disability and mentally readjusting their lives, if you enjoy reading stories where the lovers are really there for each other, and if you're looking for an emotional, warm read that will give you hope, then you will probably like this free short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 26 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 17-June-2013
Price FREE
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