Reviewed by JustJen
Title: The Courage to Heal
Author: Hunter Frost
Heroes: Wade Carter/Jesse Okenah
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 57 Pages
Publisher: JMS Books, LLC
Release Date: May 17, 2015
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Former U.S. Army Sergeant Wade Carter returned from Afghanistan a broken man. Permanently injured and weighed down with PTSD, his scars run deeper than flesh and bone. When his regular physical therapist is taken ill, the sexy replacement doctor has Wade wishing he’d touch much more of his body than his busted leg.
Dr. Jesse Okenah isn’t a beginner when it comes to working with veterans, but his new patient stirs up feelings that go beyond professional. It’s Wade’s wounded soul, more than his mangled leg, that needs TLC in order for him to live a healthy, fulfilling life again. Jesse just needs to figure out how to deliver that care to the stubborn vet without crossing a line — and losing his heart.
Review: I’m a sucker for damaged heroes/wounded vets, so this one called to me right away.
Wade is not in a very good place. He has become somewhat of a hermit, has not really dealt with his loss or his PTSD and somewhat reluctantly goes to his physical therapy sessions. All of this, of course, is not helping him progress. After a bit of a scuffle at one of his appointments, Dr. Jesse steps in to help Wade in the absence of his current therapist.
Wade is growly and snarky at first, not in a good way. But Jesse is not deterred. He sees behind Wade’s walls to the troubled man underneath and decides he needs to help. Setting aside the whole doctor/patient crossing the line relationship deal, Jesse reaches out and encourages Wade to take walks and put more effort into his recovery. It works well until they decide to take things further and PTSD rears its ugly head.
Wade pushes Jesse away, allowing himself to hit rock bottom before he gives in and calls his family to ask for some serious help. Once he gets back to a better place, he allows himself to get back in touch with Jesse.
While I was not blown away, there were many aspects I enjoyed, such as the guys getting to know each other, watching Wade get his life back, etc. I wish we had gotten to see a bit more into their relationship after they were ready to move forward, but all in all, this was an enjoyable read about recovery, acceptance and love.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*