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Digging Deep, by Jay Hogan

 

Blurb:

Drake Park has a complicated life. As a gay male midwife, he’s used to raising eyebrows. Add Crohn’s disease and things get interesting—or not, considering the sad state of his love life. Experience has taught Drake that most men are fair-weather sailors when it comes to handling his condition—gone for dust when things get rough. Staying healthy is a full-time job without adding in any heartbreak, so a little loneliness is a small price to pay. If he says it often enough he might even believe it. One thing for sure, the cop who arrested him isn’t about to change that.

Caleb Ashton does not have a complicated life. A senior detective with the Whangarei Police Department, he likes his job and is good at it. He works hard and plays hard, happy to enjoy as many men as he can while he’s still young enough—or at least he was. These days he feels adrift for the first time in his life, and the only thing sparking his interest—a certain prickly young midwife.

But can Drake find enough faith to risk opening his heart again? And does Caleb have what it takes to cope with the challenges Drake’s condition presents?

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Published:

August 6, 2019
Dreamspinner Press

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Okay, so I think what attracted me to this story when I read the blurb was the Crohn’s disease. Weird? Maybe. But I see a lot of commercials on TV for all kinds of medications. I’ve heard that it’s a strange thing in kind of specific to America… not sure. Anyway, there is always some new drug commercial that is for people with Crohn’s disease and I wanted to know more about it. But with this book, I really wanted to see how it’s dealt with in the story. And wow! I don’t know if this story really goes into the depth of what it would be like for most people who have Crohn’s disease, but I think it gave me some insight.

The story deals pretty deep into the struggles that Drake goes through every day. Honestly, it’ horrible, and from what I gathered in the story, his is not quite as severe as others, butt still, terrible at times, embarrassing, and uncomfortable. I felt like I learned a lot, but in a way that brought comedy to a life that isn’t fun at all. Drake has a good life, good job he loves, and great friends and family. He’s still lonely though, but getting into a relationship with someone who not only understands him, but his disease as well… Well, it’s a hard combo for him to find. Then all of a sudden, in walks this asshat detective, Caleb, and his life gets turned upside down. It’s not only Drake who has his like turned around either, but Caleb as well. Caleb is a no dating kind of guy. He’s more interested in one night stands than hiss in relationships. He’s never actually even had a relationship at all so when he finds himself wanting to try with Drake, it hits him like a ton of bricks.

This is a slow burn romance that never feels like the burn is too long. It’s sweet and quirky, and the wooing that Caleb does to win over Drake is creative and so funny at times. Caleb is inventive and makes Drake’s Crohn’s disease something they can joke about in a way that is not hurtful or insulting. It’s quite adorable. The struggles they have to break down those solid walls they’ve both built up over the years, and let one another in, felt so real and authentic. It was hard to read at times, and sad, and so very good.

Aside from one very tragic and horrible moment, I really enjoyed this. So much more than I thought I would. If you can get through that trigger warning, I think it is worth the read.

Trigger warnings for a very unfortunate death of a child. It it pretty graphic and as a reader, you are right in the thick of it when Drake, as a midwife, is dealing with this very sad and tragic moment. It is a huge catalyst to movement of the story forward but is very hard to read. I would say that if you’re sensitive to this, you can skip a lot of this part of the story when it starts to happen, but don’t let it stop you from trying this book out.

Recommended.

~kristie

 

 

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