Life is beyond our control. It can bring joy, laughter, and happiness, then turn around and rip your heart out of your chest without warning.
Abel Matheson received a cold dose of life’s reality six months ago when the man he loved most lost his fight against cancer.
Free-spirited, easy-going Abel doesn’t know how to cope with the rotting, festering grief growing inside him. What was once an easy life has become a struggle to put one foot in front of the other.
His grades are slipping, his job is suffering, money is tight, and the nightmares plaguing his sleep are relentless. Something has to give. He can’t keep going like this.
Desperate to end his suffering, Abel falls back on old habits. Self-destructive habits he knows are wrong.
Every time he tries to stand, he ends up face-first in the mud.
On the advice of a counselor, Abel makes attempts to find a support system to help him handle his grief. Unexpectedly, during his quest toward healing, Abel makes a connection with the most unlikely of people.
His mind wants to rebel against the man who stands before him. Run far and fast in the other direction. But his heart forms a bond that annihilates his fear.
Why this man of all people?
Sometimes you find help and love where you least expect it.
5 of 5 Stars
First let me say that the author claims this can be read as a standalone. While that may be true, there is no way you would feel the level of emotions of what these characters are going through without reading book 1. If you haven’t read it you should. Abel is completely different in that book and it really sets the stage for this book.
Whew…folks…seriously, heed the warnings of the reviewers and make sure you are ready for this book. I was crying during the FORWARD (yes, really). Abel is not handling Landon’s death well at all. He has become a shell of his former self. He goes on a downward spiral that is unstoppable and EXTREMELY PAINFUL to watch. I physically ached for him and there’s not much about most of the book that is easy to read. There were two particularly hard scenes that damn near broke me.
This author has once again surprised me with how this story played out. I had some of the same reservations with Kieran being Abel’s saving grace that Abel did. It felt weird at first…but she eventually convinced me that it would work. Kieran was a surprising and strong character. His pain runs pretty deep as well. While it seems he is the sole savior in the story, Kieran is healed by Abel while he helps Abel heal…they truly help each other get through their grief of losing Landon.
I honestly don’t feel like Abel and Kieran’s story is complete yet. They’re headed in the right direction, but I really hope we get more of these two. And it looks like Soren is getting a book as well which I’m excited about!
Read Christina’s Review of No Regrets here.
Nicky James lives in the small town of Petrolia, Ontario, Canada. She is mother to a wonderful teenage boy and wife to a truly supportive and understanding husband who, thankfully, doesn’t think her crazy.