Neil Plakcy
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MLR Press
Release Date
November 2012
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Can young therapist Ken Levinson help returning vet Paul Wainwright with his PTSD-related nightmares? Or will the growing attraction between the two -- which violates Ken's professional ethics---derail Paul's healing and leave them both more alone? Everything seems to be mixed up in this contemporary romance set on South Beach.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Jan 08, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
167 people found the following review helpful
This short story was again one of those with great chemistry, good enough to smoke up the sheets if not to light an actual flame, but its focus was more on therapy than romance and that's something a potential reader should keep in mind.

A young therapist, Ken, receives a new patient who's had two tours in Iraq, was diagnosed with PTSD and has trouble sleeping. They quickly establish a patient/therapist relationship and slowly Paul starts to open up. It results in healing, but Paul is not really the issue.

The story is told from Ken's point of view, and the man has some really unprofessional thoughts, not to mention reactions to the ridiculously handsome ex-soldier. He's trying to suppress it, but Paul isn't quite helping, and as their conversations lean more toward personal, Ken's feelings turn to impossible.

I do love some sexual tension in my books, and this one wasn't far off the mark. I would have appreciated to see a bit more of Paul as well as read about his thoughts, but even like this, I ended up reading a nice little story. Like I already mentioned, the focus was more on therapy, leaving the romance for the very last few pages. It jumped between their appointments to Ken's personal life while I really wanted to read about the couple. The ending was wrapped up quickly, not something I was overjoyed with, but which somehow still worked out.

So if you have time, feel like reading a bit about this type of a strange combination, go for it. It might be perfect for you.
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