Surface Tensionby Drew Hunt
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Wounded by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan and suffering post traumatic stress as a result, Andy Johnson is given a medical discharge from the British army. Shunning attention, Andy lives a quiet and lonely existence on his pig farm in Yorkshire. His peace is threatened when his friends take him to the city for his birthday. They buy him a kiss from Luke Wales, a twink porn star.
Overwhelmed and needing some air, Andy escapes outside. Luke finds him there. They talk and Andy begins to relax. It's cold and Andy gives Luke his combat jacket. However Roger, Luke's boyfriend appears and the momentary connection is lost.
Weeks later, recently separated from Roger, Luke is back in the north of England. He decides to pay Andy a visit, using the excuse of returning the man's jacket. A snow storm forces the two men to spend time together, and a tentative friendship begins.
Neither man is convinced they are worthy of the other. It takes time, plus the encouragement of friends and Andy's teenage nephew, Craig, to convince the reluctant couple that what exists on the surface only tells part of the story. Andy's scars and Luke's past employment shouldn't stand in the way of them exploring what each feels for the other.
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Surface Tension is a wonderful read. I loved the characters! Both main character have their personal demons that they must deal with in order to move on with their lives. Luke, whom many would envy due to his good looks and seemingly glamorous job, is shown to have struggles and insecurities just like the rest of us average joes. LOL! He also has an horrible ex-lover (don't we all!) whom Drew Hunt has beautifully/ realistically shown as an addict--with all the complexities and selfish behaviors that go with that issue. (LOVED his scene!) Luke also has baggage from his past that he must deal with. Andy is a character with a lot of heart and gruffness. While he initially comes across as a very sympathetic character due to his military disability--and this potential to exploit that--Author Hunt dances a fine line and keeps this man real. There were plenty of times that I wanted to throttle him. Ultimately, the defensive walls come down and his beautiful heart shines through. Together these two create a compelling story. The secondary characters are all well-drawn and contribute to moving things along-- Many of them are unforgettable! This story is romantic, moving, and heartfelt. I really enjoyed escaping to the world that Drew hunt created. If you like romance, I think you will enjoy it too!