Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Coming to Terms
Author: A.R. Moler
Heroes: Aidan & Kris
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 17,000 words
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: November 2013
Available at: MLR Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
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Blurb: When Aidan Sterling has been to hell and back doing his duty to his country, who will help him come to terms with what happened?
Sometimes, inevitably, life hits a snag. What if love turns up at the same time? Aidan Sterling’s life has hit one of those moments-the times when things might just change whether he wants it to or not. Outside of the inherent paranoia of his active career in covert ops, he’s recovering from some serious physical and emotional trauma from a mission gone disastrously wrong. His bosses aren’t sure if he’s up to returning to active fieldwork—and neither is he. And Kris Jameson is the kind of guy who’ll take the time to understand and care about Aiden. He’s a regular guy with a large heart. Kris is a carpenter and a part-time bouncer, easy going and hardworking. But not all danger can be found overseas, and nice guys aren’t always safe even here at home.
Aidan Sterling is struggling to get his life back to normal after being a prisoner of war when he meets Kris, the Good Samaritan who helps him jump his car and then just happens to be at the same party later that night. Suspicious of Kris being a spy at first, it’s not long before Kris’ charm and concern breaks down Aidan’s wariness. What starts out as a thank you beer turns into something much more when the attraction between them becomes obvious. But Aidan’s still coping with PTSD and when Kris gets into a dangerous situation, will it be the final straw that throws Aidan over the edge?
Aidan is the kind of character that’ll pull on your heartstrings. Even in such a short story, you realize that he’s had a rough few months. Captured and held as a prisoner of war, he has more than just a few scars… he has a missing pinky and some major survivor’s guilt. I loved that he was so emotionally and physically damaged. He’s also wary and cautious of everyone. Kris is his opposite in that he has a soft heart. Willing to help up everyone and quick to over his concern, he’s just what Aidan needs to finally start healing. The two together are sweet and I loved how they fit one another and how easily they bonded.
My biggest issue with this story is that there was way too much sex for me especially for a book so short. Kris and Aidan went on several ‘dates’ but we didn’t actually get to experience any of the things they talked about on those dates so the feelings they developed during getting to know each other only came across as superficial. Beyond that, the writing is a little awkward and stunted at times.
In the end, though, I still really liked the story. I liked that it dealt with a character that has PTSD and especially getting to see some of his episodes. Kris is perfect for Aidan because even though Aidan was emotionally and physically damaged, that didn’t stop him from pursuing Aidan. Overall, a lovely short story even if it did have too much smut for my tastes 🙂
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*