Title: A Tucker Springs Novel: Where Nerves End
Author: LA Witt
Publisher: Amber Allure
Characters: Jason Davis, Michael Whitman
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Welcome to Tucker Springs, Colorado. Population, 70-something-thousand. Home to beautiful mountain views, two respected universities, and a ridiculously high cost of living.
Jason Davis can handle a breakup. And an overwhelming mortgage. And a struggling business. And the excruciating pain that keeps him up at night, thanks to a shoulder injury. But handling all of it at once? No, not so much. When his shoulder finally pushes him to a breaking point, Jason takes a friend’s advice and gives acupuncture a try.
Acupuncturist Michael Whitman is a single dad struggling to make ends meet. When a mutual friend refers Jason as a patient, and Jason suggests a roommate arrangement to alleviate their respective financial strains, Michael jumps at the opportunity.
But for Jason, living together would be easy if he wasn’t so damned attracted to Michael. The temptation to act on his feelings might just be too much if not for the fact that Michael is straight. Or at least, that’s what their mutual friend claims…
I’ve read several books by LA Witt and I’ve liked them all. Ms. Witt has a knack of getting into the heart and soul of her characters. Also, there is the right amount of angst, romance and sweetness in her books that keep this reader captivated with her stories.
The story is told in 1st person through Jason’s eyes. Jason is definitely a sympathetic and likeable hero. He’s gone through a lot in his life. His business partner killed himself and his boyfriend left him high and dry. Financially, he’s trying to keep his club and head about water, but with today’s economy, Jason is barely making ends meet. To make matters worse, he has a terrible chronic pain in his shoulder which keeps him from living his life to the fullest. Jason is referred to an acupuncturist by a close friend. Although, Jason initially believes that this type of medicine isn’t worth trying, his pain is so immense that he finally agrees to give this type of treatment a try
The moment Jason meets Michael, he’s immediately fascinated and attracted to him. To his surprise, Michael’s treatment seems to really help Jason’s pain. But the more he’s around Michael, the more he has to fight the physical and emotional pull Jason feels for him. Although, Jason knows that Michael is straight, he can’t stop thinking about him. When Michael confesses he’s too is having trouble making ends meet, Jason asks him to move in with him as his roommate.
What comes next is a beautifully written story about two men who are able to face their own individual fears to give a second chance at love a try. I loved every minute I spent reading this book and enjoyed watching these two men find a way to be together. If you are looking for a well-written romance, Where Nerves End is definitely a book to consider.
Reviewed By: Gabbi