Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Signs of Life
Author: Melanie Hansen
Series: Resilient Love #2
Heroes: Jeremy Speer/Kai Daniels
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 224 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 28, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Successful lawyer Jeremy Speer has it all—a loving husband, a beautiful home, and a cherished dream that’s about to become reality. He’s learned not to take happiness for granted, meeting the challenges of life and love head-on with unwavering commitment and fierce devotion. A series of tragic events leave Jeremy shattered, adrift on a sea of unimaginable pain. He’s able to piece his life back together, but instead of embracing it, he merely exists, using isolation and punishing physical exertion to keep the world at bay.
High school teacher Kai Daniels has a heart for at-risk kids—he was one himself, and a teenage brush with the law and some troubled years behind bars left him scarred inside and out. With courage, hard work, and the support of friends, he’s built a fulfilling life that leaves no time for a relationship.
An intense encounter with Kai at a gay club ignites a spark in Jeremy that he thought was extinguished forever, but he’s unwilling to destroy the fragile peace he’s managed to create, and he leaves Kai humiliated and disappointed. Things should have ended there, but a bizarre occurrence brings the two together in a way neither of them expected.
Review: Wow, this story starts of pretty horrifically. Right off the bat, Jeremy is dealt with two life crushing blows in the span of a few months. To say he is devastated would be an understatement. He spirals downward for a time, doing drugs, etc. to help him forget, though that happens off page. The story picks up almost two years later when he has decided to turn his life around.
Still not ready to allow himself the happiness he feels he doesn’t deserve, he goes to a club for a hookup as a step on the road to getting back in the saddle. This is where he meets Kai, who is also out for a fun night. They share instant chemistry and have a really hot hookup that ends abruptly by Jeremy walking away.
Kai teaches at an underprivileged high school where most, if not all, of the kids are poor, from broken homes, gangs, have been in trouble with the law, etc. When some of these kids get in trouble, Kai is asked to supervise them. This puts him right in the path of Jeremy, the victim of the delinquent punks.
These two still have the explosive chemistry, have to work through the way things ended previously, as well as where they both stand now or what they are looking for. They agree to just enjoy the sex (and did I mention that it is extremely hot, dirty talking, need a cold shower, sex?) which works for a while. Eventually, Jeremy fills Kai in on his background. Over a short time, these two become closer, Kai pretty much letting Jeremy take the lead.
I enjoyed this story as much as the last one, and we have some cameos from Jase and Carey, and even a wedding, which was awesome to see. One issue these guys faced was the matter of Kai’s bff, Loren. Up until Kai meets Jeremy, they have shared a friends with benefits relationship which worked for both of them, as Loren is deeply closeted due to his job, and Kai never has much time for a relationship anyway. It appears Loren’s book is coming next, which I am super excited about. This was a pretty sad story, but there is happiness at the end with a middle chock filled with steamy sex. If you like your happy endings with a bit of anst on the road to get there, I definitely recommend this series.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*