(Glen Springs #3)
When life serves up the worst, just put on your best face and greet the day with a smile. That's the philosophy that's made my mom the strongest person I know, and it's one I've tried to live by, too. With a great job running a very successful diner, it seems like the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree.
Only... my face is always just an act. Years ago, I let a man I loved control my life and make me feel like I was nothing. I got away--just barely. But now he's back, and I don't know if I have the strength to make it through.
I never wanted to rely on anyone else, but I may just have to depend on my favorite customer--a gruff security guard with a protective streak--to feel safe again.
I'm a fucking failure. Couldn't hack it as a cop, so now I'm stuck with the laminated badge of hospital security. I go through the motions every day, with only one bright spot in my life: Eric, the owner of the local diner. We talk, we flirt, I imagine him on his knees...
And then I go home alone and try not to think about how empty my life is.
I've never let anyone get close to me, but Eric's busting down all my best defenses. When his asshole ex comes back into his life, it triggers that hyper-protective instinct I thought I'd buried.
I'm not going to make the mistakes of my past.
And I'm not going to let anyone hurt Eric ever again.
- Headless torsos and/or exposed abs – how original^
- Read all at once (normal)
- That it's a well-rounded book, and contains family elements
- That this book goes through the ordeal of having Eric tell his mom about Blake’s abusive, or previously abusive behavior*
- That the book appears to show a realistic depiction of domestic abuse**
- That the description of this-could-only-happen-in-a-movie kind of optimism was funny; for example, 'I know it’s a little Pixar of me'
- Hip deep
Mood Upon Completion
- Very few typos
- Decently sweet^^
- That in one scene, Eric has been sobbing; they start making out, but there’s no snot or mess depicted
- that it felt a bit like insta-love; their interactions were in a more professional capacity at first***
- Weakly emotional
- Abuse (emotional/physical, major, one, past)
^At least there’s one guy with a shirt
^^Only one sex scene, but I didn’t mind because the rest of the book more than made up for that
*Often victims just don’t tell people because at best, they just get pity. It seems to be a huge problem in the gay community of domestic violence and domestic abuse that goes unreported because the guys aren’t ‘manly’ enough to take care of it themselves or self-defend and victim-blaming takes place. Fight, flight or freeze is a thing. Astonishing how many people’s response is freeze.
**There’s a trigger warning at the beginning of the book, and resources for domestic abuse victims at the end
***Although they’ve known each other and sort of talked, once they started dating, the I-love-you was soon after
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