Guest Reviewed by Gyn
Title: A Healing Man
Author: Sandrine Gasq-Dion
Series: Men of Manhattan #5
Heroes: Dario Ramos/Tiernan Callahan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 137 Pages
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Release Date: January 21, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Dario Ramos thought he’d left the fighting behind in the war zone when a life-threatening injury sent him home. But a certain Irishman crossing his path everywhere he went convinced him that his biggest battle might be ahead. Tiernan Callahan is a bigoted jerk. Ramos finds himself constantly in the man’s orbit, even in a city as big as New York. The wounded warrior knows all about pain and loss — and that sometimes anger is the only form of release. When Tiernan once again crowds Ramos’ space, his eyes are opened to the possibility of other forms of release.
Tough NYC cop Tiernan Callahan is still mourning the death of his beloved youngest brother, Mason. Fearing his close-minded family’s reaction, the young soldier never got to tell them his secret — that he was gay and engaged to the love of his life. Tiernan is surviving on anger and guilt. When he continues to run into Dario Ramos, who continues to push his buttons, something inside him snaps. Suddenly, anger isn’t the only emotion he feels.
Two very different men, still trying to heal: Can they come to an understanding and heal each other?
Review: This is probably my favorite book in the Men of Manhattan series. Let me tell you why. First of all, let me get the shallow stuff out of the way. Hard muscled, alpha male. Tattoos. Cops. Soldiers. Some anger and angst and lots of up-against-the-wall-oh-yeah moments.
And now I will move on to the reasons that require a bit more thought and a little less fanning of oneself. I really enjoy the enemies to lovers trope, and A Healing Man definitely falls in that category. When we first meet Tiernan Callahan in the previous books, he’s a real asshole and that’s exactly how Dario Ramos feels about him as well. But this is Tiernan’s story now, so we learn there’s a lot more to him than the angry homophobic son of angry homophobic parents. (Sadly the story doesn’t fix the parents, but we get a great balance in Ramos’ fun and loving mother) I enjoyed being able to feel Tiernan’s pain and anguish at the loss of his brother, as well as his anger at his parents and to see his capacity to heal and move on.
Ramos also has some healing to do, both physical and emotional, but he is definitely more forward-moving, choosing to confront his issues head on and only look to the future rather than living too much in the past. One of the things I love about this series is that the men are very empathetic and charitable. Ramos is a tough alpha soldier dealing with his own issues, yet he chooses to work with other veterans, always has time to help out his mom and chooses to help Tiernan heal rather than hanging on to his hatred of the man.
The overall plot isn’t anything unusual, making the book one of those ones you can just sit back and enjoy. There are some tense moments, some sexy moments (did I mention the action the back of the front door gets?) and some sweet moments. I really liked the new characters that were introduced in this book, and I am definitely looking forward to each of them getting their own story.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*