Review: Casey Wolfe – One Bullet

one bullet
Author: Casey Wolfe
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: NineStar Press
Genre: MM Contemporary

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Summary: When Ethan Brant was shot, he found himself dealing with severe PTSD and unable to do his job as a police officer any longer. With the aid of Detective Shawn Greyson, the man who saved his life, Ethan not only finds himself again but discovers love as well.

Shawn’s life growing up was less than ideal, however, he overcame that to become who he is today. That doesn’t mean he isn’t missing something in his life. What Shawn hadn’t realized, upon first meeting, was that Ethan could give him all that and more.

One bullet changed both their lives.

Review: Ethan was a cop who was accidentally shot by a uniformed officer while off duty. He’s healed physically but now suffers from PTSD, particularly around uniformed officers or crowds. Shawn, the detective who saved his life, has stayed around and is helping Ethan get back on his feet, including saving him again after he is chased and tasered by yet more uniformed police. The whys of this kind of faded away, so I’m not sure why the cops were so adamant to talk to Ethan.

As the two move from strangers to friends to falling for each other, Shawn is there for Ethan, including going to therapy with him. This is a way bigger deal that it seems, considering Shawn’s history. This is probably why when later in the story and Ethan is a real jerk I actually thought, “Leave him, Shawn. Find someone else.” Because Ethan’s shut out was a bad move and I was ticked. We get over it but still.

I personally would have appreciated a little more emphasis on the PTSD, since I thought that was going to be a big part of the book. For the first half, it was and then it sort of fell to the wayside in favor of the details of the relationship. The second half of the story concerns mainly Ethan and Shawn meeting the respective parents, including some homophobes out by the ranch and their daily lives.

There are solid supporting characters, including Fia, Davies and Sebastian. Davies really warmed by heart, let’s put it out there. He’s a sarcastic, pain in the butt, awesomely loyal friend. I liked him a great deal.

Shawn is a good person, made even more impressive by the fact of his wealthy, snobbish, bigoted upbringing. I couldn’t help wondering why his sister, who clearly loves him, makes him go the family parties when he is just as clearly not welcome. I thought she should avoid it as well! I wish we had gotten some resolution of Shawn’s dealing with his family. Father threatened, “We’ll talk later.” But things were just left there.

I liked Shawn and Ethan and the story is much more angst-free than I thought it would be. The PTSD is more of a backdrop to the story as it progresses instead of the focus. It’s an easy read.

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