Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Driftwood


Title: Driftwood
Author: Harper Fox
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com
ISBN: 978-1-60928-157-1
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Dr. Tom Penrose suffers from a severe case of PTSD, due to his time in Afghanistan. All the doctor wants, when he is not working at the local hospital, is to be left alone. Between his numerous neighbors and his new infatuation with Flynn Summers, he does not seem to be getting his wish.

Driftwood is an intense story of two men, Tom and Flynn, both suffering from PTSD. In many ways, the two men are a lot alike because they both basically ignore their problems, including the self-destructive issues, they have as a result of the PTSD. Although the men suffer for different reasons, both display aspects of the disease that come across realistically, as does the struggle one of the secondary characters face as he tries to get military benefits for his PTSD. The strength in which the author was able to portray the men’s struggles lead me to believe the author did one heck of a job researching the issue. While the connection between the two men is strong, it is not always a healthy one. After some introspection by Tom and Flynn, followed by some minor disasters, the author pulls these two slightly damaged men together in a way that will more than satisfy the reader.

Although I ended up enjoying the story, I did find it to be dry at times, especially in the beginning. Once the relationship between Tom and Flynn started to develop, the story really took off. I will be looking for more stories by Harper Fox and suggest you do the same.

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