By A. E. Wasp
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Chris Dobbs is used to getting what he wants, and what he wants now is his boss.
Everything about the dangerously handsome enigmatic older man drives him to his knees in more ways than one, ways Chris is realizing he’s always craved.
Giving Jay-Cee his body is as simple as breathing, but when Chris smashes through all of Jay-Cee’s hard earned control, he learns Jay-Cee demands more than just his obedience. He wants things Chris can’t give him – his heart, his soul, and his trust.
Jay-Cee offered his brilliant young protégé everything. In return, Chris took only the pieces he wanted and rejected the rest, leaving Jay-Cee reeling.
But the deep connection between them isn’t easily severed, and it promises to heal them both of the scars of their pasts. If they are to build a sanctuary from the rubble of their broken hearts, they’re going to have to risk everything.
Bronze Star is a story I fell in love with. I admit I started out a bit lost and found it a bit tough to navigate the characters and plot, but slowly I found my bearings and direction, and by the end of the book, I felt as though I had come full circle.
An addict and an artist. Adrenaline. Irresistible attraction.
There were a lot of psychologically intense components to this book, and it was played out magnificently through more than simply the main couple. True, Jay-Cee and Chris had starring roles, but the supporting cast of players – Benny, Matt, Angel, Troy, and several others (even Jay-Cee’s mother and references to his father, who was in the hospital, through backstory), not to mention the Colorado setting and occupations of art/painting and sculpting and flashes back to the service – carved out a symphony of contrasts. There was raw pain, suffering, healing, insecurity, denial, loss, and discovery. The pace was steady, but the ebbs and flows of depth could be challenging to consume all at once; the sex and emotional denial is heady, steamy, primal, and achingly raw. Jay-Cee and Chris wander through the denial, fear, and uncertainty, but once they discover and admit the truth? If your heart doesn’t open up to swallow you whole, you’re missing out on the true essence of this story, this couple, and this dynamic love they share.
I agree wholeheartedly with Matt when he responded to Jay-Cee’s comment, “I feel like our relationship may not be one hundred percent church-approved.”
“The Lord works in mysterious ways, James. Far be it for us to question them. But, I will tell you, if anyone looked at me the way you two look at each other, I’d be willing to break a few commandments to keep them.”
I voluntarily read and provided a review of an Advanced Reader’s Copy.
Original review posted on Amazon and Goodreads on April 3, 2017.