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A Digging Deep Story

Drake Park has a complicated life. As a gay male midwife, he’s used to raising eyebrows. Add Crohn’s disease and things get interesting—or not, considering the sad state of his love life. Experience has taught Drake that most men are fair-weather sailors when it comes to handling his condition—gone for dust when things get rough. Staying healthy is a full-time job without adding in any heartbreak, so a little loneliness is a small price to pay. If he says it often enough he might even believe it. One thing for sure, the cop who arrested him isn’t about to change that.

Caleb Ashton does not have a complicated life. A senior detective with the Whangarei Police Department, he likes his job and is good at it. He works hard and plays hard, happy to enjoy as many men as he can while he’s still young enough—or at least he was. These days he feels adrift for the first time in his life, and the only thing sparking his interest—a certain prickly young midwife.

But can Drake find enough faith to risk opening his heart again? And does Caleb have what it takes to cope with the challenges Drake’s condition presents?

August 6
Dreamspinner Press
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Digging Deep

Drake Park and Caleb Ashton are two very opposite people.

Drake is a midwife and lives a very structured life. He has Crohn’s disease which is very complicated. The disease not only effects his health but his relationships with people. His one serious relationship only lasted a few years and the break-up really affected Drake. He’s faced the reality of it all and is determined to just live his life the best he can and no longer get involved with anyone.

Caleb has a more than busy life being a detective. He has no time for commitments and just sticks to his casual one night stands.

How Drake and Caleb meet is somewhat funny and almost turned out to be a huge fiasco. After this odd meeting Caleb, sees his mistake plus he can’t get his mind off the snarky Drake and tries to make a date with him. Although, Drake keeps putting him off, Caleb makes a great effort in learning as much as he can about Crohn’s disease and comes up with some interesting ways to woo Drake. But the battle isn’t easily won. There’s a lot of ups and downs that both Drake and Caleb have to overcome and sometimes it leads to hurtful moments and misunderstandings.

Jay Hogan really delves into the personalities and lives of the Drake and Caleb in this interesting story that involves a serious disease. There’s heavy thoughts about having a relationship with Crohn’s disease being a major factor. Both characters have to struggle through making some very hard decisions and emotions.

With the many serious moments the author also gives us humor between Drake and Caleb, both their families that are very supportive and loving and toss in Caleb’s very unique friend Daniel/Carmen and Peter and anything is bound to be said.

Besides this being an education about Crohn’s disease, what I really appreciated about this novel is the “Acknowledgments”. It really shows that Jay Hogan did some serious research and reached out to people who have Crohn’s.

I have to admit, this is a first time read for me by Jay Hogan and I was thoroughly educated and entertained!

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