Review: Sue Brown – Island Counselor (Island Medics Book 2)

islandAuthor: Sue Brown
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary: Counselor Logan Wilde has a successful therapy practice in London, but when a traumatic incident there leaves him suffering from PTSD, he takes refuge in his holiday cottage on the Isle of Wight, unable to face going back to work. Not that he’s allowed to relax. Logan’s time is taken up with helping Liam Owens, plus there’s Nick Brent, whom Logan discovers collapsed on the beach. Nick and Logan spend their time bickering with each other, but that doesn’t alter the attraction they feel.

Logan is forced to make some hard decisions about his future, which entails facing up to recent events. Only he’s not alone—Nick is with him. Unfortunately someone else makes a decision too, and now trouble is on its way to the Isle of Wight.
Review: So to get it out of the way – I have not read the first in this series, “Island Doctor” but I don’t feel like anything was missing for me because of that. In this installment, we get to catch up with Logan, a counselor from London who had an out of control patient attack him. Since then he’s been unable to return to work or even step foot in his office. Despite the fact that as a counselor he should know he needs counseling, he doesn’t. What he does do is run to the Isle of Wight, where he has a holiday home.
It is during his daily run on the beach that he literally stumbles across Nick, a fisherman who’s had an injury that is keeping him off the boats, a job he loves. Nick is bitter and angry and takes it out a bit on Logan. Logan is a counselor, though, and he can see beyond that angry exterior. The two flirt a little, talk more and end up going out.
We also get the great secondary characters, Jeff and Sam. Jeff is a doctor and he has a key role in helping Logan. Along the way, Logan is helping Liam, a friend of Jeff’s who has gone through his own traumatic experience causing PTSD. The love between Liam and Sam, who’s lives were torn apart by Liam’s accident and now suffering while healing, is a beautiful thing. Loyal, strong and the sort of love we should all be lucky enough to have. I liked that we have the secondary characters who are there, a big part of the story without detracting from what is happening.
Nick and Logan are making their way to maybe becoming something when an unwelcome threat from the past comes calling to the Isle. I also liked that the two of them are not perfect. They are down to earth and real, with reactions and conversations that you could imagine yourself having. It’s not all easy for these guys but they work at it. I will have to go back and read the first in the series now!

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