Author: J.H. Knight
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Jack, Seth
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
The road to recovery is never easy, even when you’re just an innocent bystander to someone else’s addiction.
For Jack, it’s especially hard because he blames himself for his son Rick’s drug problems. It took Jack over half his life to admit to himself (and his wife) that he was gay, but years later, he still carries guilt over what his realization did to his son.
He never thought Rick’s treatment would help him rehabilitate too, but when Jack meets Seth, the man trying to help his son get back on his feet, it’s the breakthrough he never knew he needed.
To my knowledge Breakthrough is the first book I’ve read by JH Knight. I really liked the easy and smooth writing style this author had and I found myself truly invested in the story JH Knight created.
I liked how the main character, Jack, seems to grow as a person. When we first meet him, he feels a lot of guilt from his past decisions. His son is a drug addict who is at a facility trying to get clean and he blames himself for the bad choices his son has made over the years. Jack doesn’t always allow himself to let himself truly deal with his emotions, instead he chooses to keep them bundled up and locked away and in turn, this can close himself off to others, even when he’s not aware he’s doing so.
When his son asks him to visit and also do some group therapy, Jack doesn’t want to go, but forces himself to do so because he wants to support his son. But once he does this, it allows him to deal with the demons of his past and to forgive himself for the wrongs he’s thought he has caused others, including his son.
He also meets Seth. Seth is his son’s counselor and when they meet sparks fly between them. There is something about Seth that makes Jack want to go against his instincts and deal with his past issues. Seth is genuinely a very nice man. He’s training to become a full-time counselor and seems to have a heart of gold. I really liked him.
The chemistry between Jack and Seth is a strong one. I really enjoyed their scenes together. Even when Jack leaves the group session, they keep in touch. I liked watching their banter and the way Seth continues to lightly push Jack into continuing to grow as a person.
Even though this book is written in third person, it is strictly told through Jack’s eyes. Though I liked Jack as a character, I would have loved to have known more about Seth and to truly see what makes him tick. I also wish the book had been longer. I hope the author will write more about these two men. I would love to see how their relationship thrives and evolves as time rolls on.
Breakthrough is a sweet and though-provoking story that would be a great, quick read on a lazy day. With interesting characters and a fast-paced storyline Breakthrough is a satisfying read from start to finish.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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