Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Silver Scars
Author: Posy Roberts
Heroes: Gil Lemieux/Keith Kramer
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 282 Pages
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Release Date: June 22, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: You need people to love you, especially when you shove them away.
A bomb destroyed high-powered lawyer Gil Lemieux’s seemingly perfect life, and PTSD has ruled every decision since the explosion that left him scarred inside and outside. Moving home with his mom is meant to be a temporary measure, just like proofreading for a medical editorial firm is meant to be a stopgap. But two years after taking on the wrong court case, he’s still living in fear.
Keith Kramer might be based 1,500 miles away from Gil, but their shared work brings them together—a chance meeting that’s life-changing. Gil is drawn to Keith’s good looks and intelligence, but it’s his innate understanding that Gil is more than the scars on his skin that is truly attractive. He’s everything Gil used to be and more. It blows Gil’s mind that his attraction might be returned.
Only doubt could widen the distance between them. Keith’s hopefulness, borne out of surviving some tough challenges of his own, isn’t enough to bridge the distance alone. Gil will need to believe he has as much to offer as Keith if they’re to build a life together.
This was a really sweet story, despite the circumstances that brought these two together.
Gil was recovering from an explosion caused by the ex of one of his clients, so not only was he dealing with the trauma and resulting PTSD from the blast, but from the terror associated with his work as a lawyer. He is recovering, but now lives with his mother in Arizona. He has taken a job as a copy editor after being unable to face being a lawyer again. It is through this job, on a visit to their office in Minnesota, that he meets Keith, another copy editor at the same company.
Keith is living with from wounds received when he was the victim of a random shooting. He is a bit farther along in his recovery, though he is about to have another surgery to make further repairs. He doesn’t have any PTSD, but he does have many of the same feelings and experiences as Gil. They simply get one another, which Gil, for one, never thought would be possible. After a very successful first date, the two must go their separate ways when it is time for Gil to return to his home office. But, they carry on their relationship through texting, telephone and Skype, getting to know one another very well. It is just the incentive Gil needs to push his boundaries and limits that will eventually enable him to make the move to Keith.
They each have a few setbacks here and there, but through it all, they are there for each other, their relationship strengthening along the way. This was a wonderful story about healing and recovery, finding love and someone that believes and understands what the other is going through. It’s pretty long, but it doesn’t drag. There is enough action to keep you invested, even when the guys are apart. I love stories where “damaged” characters overcome and flourish, and this one fit that bill very well.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*