Published 5 June 2012
Published by Samhain Publishing
Copy purchased by reviewer.
“Fixing the home can heal the heart-if you can find all the pieces. “
Police officer Samuel Briggs is getting to know the people on his new, third-shift beat, but he’d prefer they not know too much about him-or the painful past that drove him away from New Mexico to start fresh in small-town Stratton, PA.
All he wants is peace, a manageable routine, and time to fix up his project home. There’s no room in his broken heart for a new relationship. It’s crowded with too many memories. But there’s something about the Dixie’s Cup short-order cook, who’s flirty one minute, distracted the next, that piques Sam’s interest.
Part-time cook, part-time hardware salesman and full-time handyman Rey King lives to work-but not because he loves it. Relationships? No time. Until one glance at Sam’s haunted eyes sends a plumb line straight to his wary heart.
One afternoon of impulsive, no-strings sex begins to grow into a cautious friendship. But when Rey is seriously injured protecting a friend, the cracks in their already shaky foundation begin to show. Falling in love wasn’t in either man’s recovery plan…and this time, the risk could be too great.
Warning: Contains one emotionally wrecked cop, one angsty short-order cook, a few too many secrets, some meddling small-town folk, and plenty of hot man-on-man action.
I’ve decided to take a series I’ve been longing to read and just go for it this week! Kind of a Thanksgiving treat that also revolved around a recent new release within the series. All this week I will be posting a review for each book in the Cost of Repairs series, Leading up to the newest release Foundation of Trust. Thanks for taking this journey with me!
It’s not often I read a 350 page book and have few notes accumulated while reading it. With Cost of Repairs, I think I was so into what was happening that I just didn’t stop reading to make the notes.
There’s so much pain, suffering and tragedy in this book. For Samuel, it’s the brutal attack on his partner of five years. How so many things in his every day life reminds him of Ben and then of that terrible day when he was taken away. We trudge through Samuel’s days as he learns his new patrol beat for the city of Stratton, where he moved from New Mexico to start over. To heal and give himself time to recover from losing Ben.
For three years he was a walking shell of himself. He was living the nightmare and letting it consume him. After almost taking his life in an accident, he knew it was time for a change and new chance. That’s what Ben would have wanted, right?
As Sam starts to familiarize himself with the people and businesses on his beat he starts to develop strong feelings for a few that are just all around good people. Dixie, owner of Dixie’s Cup diner, and her staff are some of his favorites. He enjoys the food and the company. He especially enjoys the hot number at the flat top grill, Rey. It seems Rey also has eyes for Sam and they share few a innuendos and smiles.
Reign (Rey) King is a man of many secrets. No matter how hard Sam tries, he cannot get Rey to open up and share his last name, his stories, nothing. It takes a lot of patience and time before Rey breaks down the walls, brick by brick, to let Sam peek into its inner circle. When the wall starts to crumble, it falls in a devastated heap. Rey has problems and not the kind that can be fixed with a kiss and a prayer. They are problems that will always be in the background, can never be swept aside. Past relationships are always ruined after Rey has confided his secrets and he knows his burdens are his own and he will never find someone to share them. Someone who will stay.
He doesn’t know Samuel’s resolve. Sam can handle it because his problems are just as bad. They both have a lot of hurt and heartache to work through. They just have to decide if they will open up to each other and get the support they both need and crave. To not be alone and suffering, but to be loved and endure.
Very much a love story, Cost of Repairs also has a bit of suspense and drama. Drama that comes back to wreck the happiness Samuel nd Rey have built and it just might be more than they can survive, literally.