Title: I Survived Seattle
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Author: J.K Hogan
As if being a deeply closeted gay man living in the South isn’t enough, Justice Crawford also suffers from a crippling anxiety disorder. Flying cross country to be the best man in his best friend’s wedding probably isn’t the best idea, right? Forced back into the closet after being rejected by his family, Justice has given up on the idea of finding acceptance and love. He has allowed his disorder and his troubled past to keep him from taking a chance, but love might just find him where he least expects it… in Seattle.
Sailor and charter boat captain Nic Valentine is still reeling from the unexpected death of his father, when the man of his dreams—literally—falls into his lap. He thinks he’ll never see the man again, but fate has other plans. Nic tries to resist the charms of adorably quirky, nervous Justice, because he has no desire to get tangled up with another closet case. But when life keeps throwing them together, will Nic decide that Justice might be a keeper after all?
I Survived Seattle is the first book in a new series by author J.K. Hogan. The book is a contemporary romance about two young men who find themselves falling in love at the unlikeliest time. The characters are very likeable and leave the reader pulling for them. Justice has many personal issues, least of which is the fact that he had to go back into the closet after coming out to his family. I really felt for him and what he is going through, although, I did feel at times, as if some of it was his own doing. I did have to laugh at the beginning when Justice was on the plane heading for Seattle. As a nervous flyer myself, I had no problem understanding what he was going through.
Where Justice is ruled in some ways by those around him, Nic is his own man. The owner of a charter boat, Nic is surprised when he runs into Justice again after seeing him on the flight to Seattle. There is a strong connection between the two men and the sex scenes between the two of them really heat up the pages, especially when Justice tops Nic. Of course while it may seem as if everything is going smoothly, the author does throw in some problems. While a little rough, I love the way the author wraps up the story, especially Justice’s scene with the coast guard receptionist.
It is the scene mentioned above that is my favorite part of the book, as it shows the readers just how far the young man has come from the start of the story. I enjoyed this story and can’t wait to see what the next book in the series will be like. Although this is the first book by this author, I have read I have no problem recommending I Survived Seattle to other readers of this genre.
Reviewed by: Lydia