A Little too Broken

A Little Too Broke by Brad Vance

Blurb:

When Jamie walks through the door of the Humane Society, it’s not just an animal who needs rescuing that day. Tom is there to adopt another service dog into the Canine Comrade Corps, but it’s Jamie his heart goes out to. But each man turns away, walks away, from the potential pain, the rejection, the knowledge that it’ll all end in tears…

Jamie knows damn well that the HIV he contracted from an unfaithful lover has put him out of the dating game forever in the small town of Santa Vera. Tom lost his legs in Afghanistan, and got new ones, yeah, but with a side order of PTSD to go, he thought grimly. The real problem is that only now does he realize he’s gay, now that the revelation would be just one too many things to put his family through, after everything else they’ve had to deal with.

So both men grin and bear the loneliness, put their feelings on a shelf, even as Jamie’s volunteer stint at CCC turns into friendship and, despite their resolve, something more…

Brad Vance is a new author for me. I have been on a war veteran kick lately and I asked in one of my face book groups if they had any recommendations and this is one of the books. Thank goodness for recommendations . This book was so sweet it feels like you going to get a cavity from reading it. But at the same time you want to go into a corner and cry. I mean I was on the bus actually tearing up. If you get embarrassed and are highly emotional I would suggest reading this somewhere else.

So we have two men. Jamie is a 26 years old guy that works as an office manager at the cares center that helps people with HIV. Jamie also happens to have HIV. He is depressed often and so very lonely. However that is a choice that he has chosen to make for himself. He doesn’t want to risk infecting someone with this virus so he keeps to himself and his cat. Jamie wasn’t an over promiscuous person when he contracted the virus he was actually pretty safe about everything. The one time he let his guard down he was infected so he decided never again. Until he meets Tom.

Tom is a war veteran. He works for the CCC training dogs to be service dogs to veterans with special needs. Tom has a dog himself named Harry for his PTSD. He is such a good guy he loves his family and friends and is just trying to makeup for lost time when he got back from losing his legs and wasn’t himself. Tom realized that he was gay but he doesn’t want to put that type ,of burden on his family. Until he meets Jamie.

These two together are amazing. They have the type of relationship that people wish that they had. I loved the way that this author writes characters. However out of all of the characters in this book I have to say that my favorite has to be the father. The way that he took the news of Tom being gay made me cry. I mean it was absolutely bawling. Their disabilities flowed together nicely. They didn’t conflict in a way that one was more important than the other and I loved that.

Healthcare is one thing that was really heavily focused upon. The author was really hammering away at that topic. So if you have some sort of issue with that, which I don’t see why you would. I wouldn’t recommend it. However, I did learn some things along the way. Some things that were said I looked up and I did some research on. When I have to do that after a book, you made me think and that gets and automatic 5 in my mind.  What were your feelings on this book? Let me know in the comments below. Until Next Time.

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