Author: TN Tarrant
Reviewed by: Mandy
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781614959120
Micah Valery is hearing impaired and unable to speak. As if that didn’t make life interesting enough, he also suffers from a panic disorder that regularly disrupts his life. With a wonderful assistance dog named Goldie, however, he manages to live independently, and comfortably.
When something goes wrong with Goldie, he meets Dr. Santiago Cruz, a veteran veterinarian with issues of his own to cope with. Still, the attraction is strong enough to explore, and a new romance blooms.
Enter Micah’s estranged family, attempting to deprive him of his inheritance.
Micah is deaf and mute, and despite his disability and all that entails he has managed to become a successful transcriptionist.
Micah also has very severe panic disorder, medications don’t help him. But his wonderful therapy dog Goldie does. She helps alert him to things he can’t hear but also herds him into a closet when his panic attacks start.
When Micah starts noticing Goldie having trouble following his commands he takes her to the Vet’s office where he meets Santiago under less than ideal circumstances.
Santiago has his own issues, he is a war veteran with the scars inside and out to prove it.
I don’t want to give any of the plot away, but I will say the animals, and there are quite a few in this book, totally steal the show. They are sweet and cute and adorable and take up a lot of the story.
There is also quite a bit of drama, Micah’s panic attacks are numerous and difficult, his family treated him horribly and I was very sad at how cold and cruel they actually were to their own child and brother. There is a lot going on in this story and I felt it distracted a bit from the romance between Santiago and Micah. The love between them grows slowly and it’s nice to see two such vulnerable people find each other, Santiago knows sign language and understands panic attacks, so he never makes Micah feel ‘less’ and since the war he has his own trauma and insecurities to live with which Micah and the pets help him with.
Kelly is Micah’s best friend and she plays a great supportive role and I appreciate when the female in the story is positive and helpful and not a negative force and I was happy to see she got a little side story of her own.
This is definitely a story that falls into the hurt comfort category with a dash of family drama and a few surprises and lots of cute animal goodness.
If you are looking for a sweet story about overcoming obstacles, falling in love and lots of furry friends this one could be the one for you.