There were things I really liked about this book and a few that I just didn’t connect with as much and one or two that just didn’t work as well for me. But overall I did enjoy it.
This book takes place after a group of men have been kidnapped and tortured for 5 months. The experience is really told throughout the book in flashbacks and nightmares and through a few counseling sessions. This actually worked really well because it broke up the really dark and intense torture/prisoner scenes and I think reading them non-stop would have been too much. Cam and Austin were thrown into a cell together and although they initially didn’t get along over time they formed an intense bond. When they returned home they had trouble readjusting to their lives and only felt okay when they were with each other. Cam and Austin were able to comfort each other and encourage each other to talk through what had happened not to mention they truly understood what the other went through since it was a shared experience.
I had a hard time believing anyone’s wife could be so cold and cruel and the author really made Austin’s wife a villain. I think I would have preferred it if they just couldn’t work through the adjustment or came to the realization that they just wanted more from marriage (since it’s obvious they don’t have a very good one). I didn’t see the need for Austin’s wife to be so awful although I suppose it made it way easier to justify Austin cheating on his wife.
The physical relationship between Austin and Cam was done well and I believed the chemistry and need the two felt for each other. Although I couldn’t help think that the connection might not be realistic in the long run and more due to the trauma they had shared. I liked the story but I never felt really connected to either character although I certainly felt bad for them and wished them a happy ending. So in the end while I liked this one I didn’t love it. This one got 3 charms for me.