Book Reviews

Digging Deep (Perchance to Dream, Digging Deep 1) by Jay Hogan at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 08-August-2019

Book 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?


Book Review

Many people have to deal with diseases that make their life very difficult, and seeing what they have to deal with on a daily basis can be heart-wrenching - yet reading about someone battling with all its consequences can also be totally inspiring. The way the author has dealt with Crohn’s disease in this novel, not sparing any details, made me realize how much I take my health for granted. Drake, one of the main characters in this book, is an amazing man with many quirks. Caleb, the man he meets and falls in love with, may not have a complicated life, but he is a man with hidden depths. Set in New Zealand, with a great touch of local flavor, this is the story of an unexpected love, many discoveries, and lots of funny moments.

Drake has managed to deal with Crohn’s disease since he was a teenager, a job as a midwife that most people raise their eyebrows at, and the realization that a partner is not in the cards for him. Or so he thinks. He leads an active life and stands up for what he believes is right, so finding him at a protest is not unexpected. What follows when he is in desperate need of a bathroom and has only minutes (if that) to find one, sets the story off with a bang and pulled me right in.

Caleb is a detective who is just doing his job – albeit with a tad too much strict adherence to “the rules”, if you ask me. He needs to learn about the issues real people face and find his human side again, and that is exactly what he does as he gets to know Drake better. Caleb does not think he is looking for a partner, since he is enjoying his freedom too much, but meeting Caleb makes him reconsider.

If you like romances with complications, if you want to know what it is like to live life to the fullest despite what many people would consider a crippling health issue, and if you’re looking for an interesting read filled with humor, honesty, and some very sweet moments, then you will probably like this novel.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 340 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-August-2019
Price $6.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback, $17.99 bundle
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