2020 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Gay Romance
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 fulltime 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?
Trigger Warning: In this story one of the main characters is a midwife and there is an account of an emergency delivery and the loss of a baby.
Close to home…
I like to read stories about people in other countries, but this is the first story that includes Crohn’s disease. I obviously suffer from a more mild version, but I can appreciate aspects. This is story of challenges in a relationship and the struggles that are inherent in such struggles. Also, love is proven for both characters and a commitment that is extremely strong, guaranteeing the deepening of the commitment to each other. What great characters, great subplots, and great struggles. This is a long book, but I’m still missing these guys already!