Reviewed by JustJen
Title: TIME: Wounds All Heal
Author: Princess S.O.
Series: Teddy Bear Collection 4
Heroes: Channing Maroussas/Chris Sayer
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 220 Pages
Publisher: Princess S.O.
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: The Skeptic: “If all this had truly been staged, people would’ve figured it out and demanded the government come out about it.”
The Journalist: “It’s easy to fool a person— It’s quite another to convince them they’ve been fooled.”
Even with the blanket of tattoos that covered both his arms and most of his upper chest, or the face hidden under the hair that constantly fell over his eyes, Channing Maroussas was likely the most beautiful man Chris Sayer had ever met. He was thankful they were close friends as it excused him for any lingering glances. Channing was a bird of brightly lit feathers perched in a world of darkness. But his gift wasn’t just about being beautiful; it was what he could see. He could be in a room full of people, a field emptied of life, reading a newspaper, or overhearing a conversation on the bus— and what was unseen and unheard by others spoke volumes to him. Channing saw what the rest of the world never slowed down long enough to notice, though once pointed out, furies and passions flourished. It was voices like Channing’s that broke the silence of ignorance. His voice just happened to be recorded between the pages of TIME magazine.
Chris Sayer has known Channing for years. But not even that can broker some rules of silence. Chris’s government job is so secretive he can’t even tell his best friend who he works for, which doesn’t help his disagreement over Channing’s journalistic views on global current events. He likes it even less when he finds out Channing left for Syria to cover a story. After Channing accusing the leading presidential elective Nolan Prumpt of inciting hate mongering and fascism, a trip through the greatest hot zone on the planet was like wanting to wash a pill down with poison. But when news got out that Channing had gone missing, Chris knew better than to believe the accusations that his best friend may have changed sides and was now considered an enemy of the state. The one thing Chris did know was he needed to do everything in his power to find Channing before anyone else did. If for no other reason but to let him know how he feels about him.
Time— it’s not long enough — yet with enough of it, wounds all heal.
TO THE READERS: You’re not going to like this one. In fact, you might even hate it, because its theme is going to challenge your political beliefs— it’s going to make you question who is whom— make you think about things you don’t want to think about. It’s going to mess up your pretty little organizer box of uncrushed bows. You’re not going to like it because it’s easy to fool a person— quite another to convince them they’ve been fooled—
In the end, it will either piss you off or open your eyes, because its story is based on factual recorded statements of key members of the US Department of Foreign Policies.
A conspiracy is out there, it’s only a conspiracy because we haven’t the evidence to connect all the dots yet.
But don’t worry, this story isn’t all about politics and conspiracies, it’s about two men and how they live and survive in all that mess we call our country and the media. And how love manages to squeeze past all of that and find them
Review: This refreshingly different story is part of the Teddy Bear Collection, all of which are unrelated and can be read on their own. I was not quite sure what to make of this when I started or even whether I wanted to read it at all, based on my own disgust of the political goings on in real life. But, I’m really glad I gave it a shot. Though the similarities to and possibilities of these things being a reality really creeped me out at times, I could not put it down once I started.
Channing is a journalist known for making waves. He is able to see things in various situations that other people do not of which the politicians bank on the general public not seeing. He shows us how the media and the politicians are basically in each others’ pockets; how the media skews and even creates events to rile the public up in ways that will allow said politicians to run their own agendas, especially concerning war; how the people of the Muslim world are skewed by their own people towards us; and how that, in turn, churns up even more hostility. We even get glimpses of what it must be like to live in those war-torn countries where aid is not given as intended but sold to people with nothing left to purchase it with.
But the main story surrounds the current election of Prumpt and how he is using the media and his money and power to rally behind him for a shoe-in at the voting booths. The closer Channing gets to connecting the dots, the more Prumpt (and others) turn up the heat on him.
By his side is his friend, Chris, whom Channing has feelings for, but whom is a straight, divorced father of two. Chris is a bit of a mystery though. He works in the government, but never talks about it. Channing has learned to let Chris keep his secrets, but uses his friend as a sounding board for his work. Chris, on the other hand, has hidden his feelings for Channing, choosing instead to shadow and protect him from behind the scenes using his position and connections. The two dance around a bit, but there is definitely romance and a sweet HEA once you make it through Channing’s latest mission to bring down Prumpt. As dangerous as things get for him, he feels he has no choice but to see things through, gather enough evidence to really blow the whistle on Prumpt, and hope he comes out alive and whole at the end.
I should have known I would end up enjoying this one – I’ve loved all of the Teddy Bear Collection thus far. Each one has been unique and there is no doubt about how much Princess has put into the research and details of each story. This one takes the cake on that front, because as much as I hate political details, this was spot on, completely believable, and even a bit scary. If you’re looking for a story that will make you think and question things in the real world (which people should definitely do), I highly recommend you give this story a try. I can’t wait to see what comes up in the next installment of the Teddy Bear Collection.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*