Review | Point of Contact by Melanie Hansen

Point ContactPoint of Contact by Melanie Hansen
M/M Contemporary Romance

Carina Press | March 26, 2018

About the Book:  Only love can heal an impossibly broken heart 

There’d forever been a thread running through Trevor Estes’s life—his son, Riley, strong and constant like a heartbeat. But when Riley is killed in combat, everything in Trevor’s life unravels into a mess he doesn’t know how to mourn.

Then Jesse Byrne, Riley’s friend and platoon mate, arrives on Trevor’s doorstep with a box of Riley’s things. Jesse’s all-too-familiar grief provides an unlikely source of comfort for Trevor: knowing he’s not alone is exactly what he needs.

Trevor never imagined he’d find someone who fills his heart with hope again. As the pair celebrate Riley’s memory, their unique bond deepens into something irreplaceable—and something neither man can live without.

But diving into a relationship can’t be so simple. Being together means Trevor risking the last link he has to his son…leaving Jesse to wonder if he’ll ever be enough, or if Trevor will always be haunted by the past.

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The reviews and synopsis for Point of Contact were so phenomenal it was impossible to resist requesting it.  Unfortunately, some of those reviews made me really really scared to actually start it.  I’m so very glad I was warned, so I’m going to start this review by warning you, and it is a spoiler so skip to the next paragraph if you don’t want to know.  I feel like it’s a trigger, so I’m not hiding it.  Point of Contact doesn’t start after the death of Riley, it starts about 9 months before, and we as the reader get to know him through his friendship with Jesse and his close relationship with his father.  It ripped my guts out.  Seriously.  Dawson Leary ugly cry.  So, there’s that.  It was very emotional.

All that emotion was so worth it though.  My heart was so full of love, and yeah grief but only because I loved Riley, Trevor and Jesse so much.  I felt Riley’s death myself, and it was so hard to read Jesse and Trevor’s pain on top of my own.  However, all that hurt made their healing so beautiful.  As much as I loved their romantic relationship, I also really enjoyed reading them as friends.  Jesse focused his grief on helping Trevor, which he initially did to honor his best friends memory and then he did it because he cared about Trevor himself.  It was just like how Trevor initially spent time with Jesse because it was a tie to a time in Riley’s life when they were apart, but eventually he started to see the beauty in Jesse as someone separate from his son.

Actually, as much as this is a heartfelt and sad story, somehow Melanie Hansen was able to write Trevor and Jesse’s relationship almost angstless.  Their shared grief over Riley brought them closer, and the pitfalls you’d normally anticipate were handled with grace and maturity.  Despite their age difference, and the circumstances that surrounded how they met, they had a perfect and healthy relationship, which is always something I look for in a romance novel.

I’m not sure I’ll be reading Point of Contact again any time soon, but only because I’m pretty positive that my tear ducts are completely dried out after all my crying.  I also know no matter how much time passes, this story is going to stay with me.  This wonderful book had a poignant story, full of heart, and it had three beautiful men that I fell crazy in love with.

Rating: 5-feathers

Thank you to Carina Press for providing a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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