Book Reviews

Range of Emotions (Survivors Find Love 3) by Lissa Kasey

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 31-May-2019

Book Blurb

Nate Granger is losing everything to mental illness; his job, his home, and even his sanity. All he has left are his three ancient cats and a best friend who lives across the country. Faced with the choice of trying to piece the tattered remains of his life back together or move in with the man he’s always dreamt could be his and start over, Nate is too afraid of losing Jamie to decide.

After Jameson “Jamie” McKendal lost his wife to cancer, he buried his grief in online video games, which is where he met Nate. Now he specializes in rescues, both as a park ranger, and as an animal rehabilitation specialist. He knows a skittish animal when he sees one, and Nate’s been in need of rescue for a while. A decade of friendship has Jamie thinking he might want more, but he has to help Nate heal first.

Can Jamie convince Nate that his worth lies in who he is and not what he can do for others? Does Nate even dare to hope for a chance to find love in the aftermath of his chaotic life?

Book Review

With a series name like ‘Survivors Find Love’ I knew that this was not going to be an easy read but, based on the first two books and the blurb, I hoped it was going to be a worthwhile one. The theme in this volume is mental illness, and it is not only very topical, but also a deeply emotional subject for people to deal with. The author has done a great job of approaching it in a sensitive way, and having Nate tell the story means I was able to see the world from his perspective – giving me a better idea of what he has to deal with. Nate’s journey is a hard one: he goes from a lack of self-worth leading to his belief that he is not lovable to a point where he can begin to hope that maybe he can heal and find the love he so desperately wants. It’s touching, realistically written, and had me completely invested in the outcome.

Nate has a downtown office job it takes him an hour by bus to get to, and he suspects that the increasingly frequent migraines he suffers from are caused by stress and environmental factors rather than a medical reason – like a tumor. The doctors can’t find a reason and put him on medication – as so often seems to be the case in the US – rather than looking at the problem in a more holistic way. Over the weeks then months that follow, Nate is gradually worn down to the point where he loses his job, his self-respect, and any hope for recovery. His anxiety attacks are frequent and debilitating, and Nate gets to the point where he can barely function.

Jamie has lost his wife to cancer and turned to online gaming to bury his grief. It’s how he met Nate and they have been best friends for ten years. Jamie is a park ranger and good at rescues, so it is no wonder that he recognizes what Nate really needs – to get away from his toxic environment – if Nate would only believe him! Jamie is one of those rare people who look at someone’s soul rather than physical details, and he wants more from Nate than friendship – not that Nate can see that for the longest time. But Jamie also knows that Nate needs to heal first, and his way of helping is compassionate and very effective.

If you like stories about wounded men whose journey back to hope is long, hard, and emotionally draining, if you think that compassion and hope can play powerful roles in a man’s journey from despair to a brighter future, and if you’re looking for a read that is scarily realistic, emotionally draining, beautifully written, and ends on a very hopeful note, then you will probably like this unconventional love story as much as I do. I shed a few tears on Nate’s behalf and wanted to hug Jamie in gratitude more than once – all signs of a very compelling story!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 281 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 31-May-2019
Price $3.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback
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