Digging Deep

Digging Deep

by Jay Hogan

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Overview

A Digging Deep Story




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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781644054208
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Series: Digging Deep Series , #1
Edition description: First Edition,New edition
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

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Digging Deep 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ChaosMoondrawn 11 days ago
I would rate this 4.5 stars. In an unfortunate series of events, Drake meets Caleb. This is meeting the right person in the wrong circumstances--or maybe not! It starts with an enemies to lovers vibe. Frankly, I didn't quite feel the attraction during the hate phase, but once it gets going I was really rooting for these two. This takes place in Auckland, so there is use of New Zealand vernacular. It alternates first person POV in different chapters. I am hoping this is a typo and will be removed before publication, but it breaks the fourth wall in Cal's thoughts, "and yeah, you heard what I heard." It is only one sentence, but I didn't like it. This is an honest look at two people who meet and are attracted to each other, but will have to be mature and put the work in to maintain a relationship. This is flat out real in the way most romances are not. Sex is awkward, at times difficult, messy, and painfully vulnerable. This story explores all that. Many people say they hate it when the characters have issues because they just don't talk to each other--here is your book where they have no choice but to communicate if they want to make this work. Medical issues are no joke and either one or the other of them could chicken out and run away without confronting the details on a daily basis, but they don't. Neither does this book slap a label on it and call it a day, the reader gets the full nitty gritty about Drake's illness and profession. This is all seriously intense; they barely date and then they are in it for life, and yet it still feels really believable. I am worried people won't give this story a chance, or will give bad reviews, because of the discussions about bodily functions. This story is very good. Thankfully, there is plenty of humor also. These families are loving, accepting, and have ribald moments of fun. These friends do not let the characters have rose tinted glasses or lie to themselves. This is what friendship looks like to me--people who will tell you harsh truths, not to hurt you, but to help you and still support your decisions, even if they think you are wrong. However there is also a great line in Caleb's thoughts about making sure to not let your friends define who you are, "the first mistake I’d made was believing that Leanne’s version of me was maybe all there was." I love that there is a wide and varied cast with representation of different cultures and sexualities. The epilogue takes place six months later and is heartwarming, taking them into the future together. The cover art is by Kanaxa. I think it shows Drake and all I could think of was that expression "in the weeds," which seems apropos.