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ON HIGHER GROUND – (ON SOLID GROUND #2) by MELISSA COLLINS


REVIEW: ON HIGHER GROUND by MELISSA COLLINS

Sequel to On Solid Ground – MM Romance

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SYNOPSIS

When there’s no peace after war…
When there’s no solace after death…
When there’s only pain and suffering…
Anxiety and loss…
All you can hope to find is something more…
Something that makes you whole and complete
Something that puts you
On Higher Ground


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On Higher Ground

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

“You’re mine, and I’m yours. That’s all that matters. All that ever has and all that ever will. “

We first met Dax and Beck in On Solid Ground when we followed the relationship of Dax and Beck as they dealt with their painful pasts. The passion, emotion and pain between these two hitting us right in the heart.

Beck had to deals with his painful upbringing and Dax was coming to terms with his sexuality whilst coping with grief, loss and PTSD. We championed these guys and loved witnessing the progression of their feelings as they worked their way through their issues.

In, On Higher Ground, we meet up with them as they’re preparing to take their relationship to the next level by planning to get married whilst also raising Becks adorable niece, Violet – they’ve become a family and want to bind that by declaring their love officially.

“I needed to figure out my past before chasing my future.”

Melissa Collins has once again delivered a story filled with emotion and love whilst highlighting some very real issues, conveying the struggle PTSD on the sufferer and their families.

Life is on track for these guys with Beck’s Tattoo studio taking off and Dax finding his feet by successfully assisting Veterans through the Canine program and little Violet fitting in and settling into their lives perfectly. This was one loved and adored little lady.

However, unbeknownst to Beck, Dax’s nightmares have returned causing him to retreat into himself. Beck, in turn, walks on eggshells around Dax, afraid to confront him to ascertain what is bothering him. Miscommunication ensues with neither Beck or Dax able to broach and discuss the distance they feel is coming between them and it is through this we are able to properly see them cement their relationship. Sometimes it’s easier to open up to strangers then it is to the ones we love and Dax and Beck do struggle in this regard.

‘For all the pain I’d felt in my life, I would relive it all, live in it forever if it meant that I could take away what he’d been through.’

We loved much of this story and have loved sharing the journey with Dax, Beck, Violet, their friends and family, it’s a beautiful story of love, trust and acceptance.

‘I know I’ll always have that solid ground under my feet. Now, all I need is the courage to reach higher.’

The ending was perfection and had us clutching our kindles with tears in our eyes. What a fitting place in which to leave these beautiful men who have stolen our hearts.

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ON SOLID GROUND SERIES

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FROM THE WRECKAGE by MELISSA COLLINS

Standalone: Contemporary Romance
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from the wreckage

SYNOPSIS

First, he saved me.
I lived because he was a hero.
And then he was gone.
Uprooted by the fire that destroyed our home, my family moved away and I never saw David Andrews again.
Then, he found me.
Eighteen years later, he rescued me again – in much simpler terms, of course. By loving me, by giving me the fairy tale I’d always hoped for, he provided me with the perfect life.
Now, he needs to be saved.
It’s my turn to be strong, to be brave, to be valiant.
When flames threaten to turn us to ashes, it’s up to me to pull us From the Wreckage.
 

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From the Wreckage

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯1/2 Stars

“Tomorrow is not a guarantee…..neither is yesterday.”

Melissa Collins MM stories have never failed to move us. The way she captures the intensity between her characters always leaves us emotionally wrought. And so it was with eager anticipation we dove into our first MF by this author. We jumped for joy, stocked up on tissues, chocolate and wine, got ourselves in reading mode and prepared to be turned into SOBBING wrecks, needing phone support from one another, hoping to have our hearts shredded and repaired.

‘Without a doubt, grace not only owns my heart, my here and now, all of my todays. She resides in all of my tomorrows.’

The subject matter and the poignancy of how this story came about is indeed moving and this story is very personal to the author, of that there is no doubt as you see little bits of ‘real life’ woven into the pages, from David being a firefighter, to Grace being a teacher and many other moments throughout.  This was a very personal journey and the Author’s note at the end is one not to be missed!

‘His words fall directly into my heart. Growing roots in my soul, they take up residence there. They become part of who I am, the air in my lungs, the blood in my veins.’

From the Wreckage worked for us on a some levels however what we had sought  from this book…deep seated, soul crushing emotion, just didn’t travel from the pages to our hearts and you have NO IDEA how much it guts us to say that. That’s not to say we weren’t moved in parts, just not enough to have us grasping our chests and sobbing into our Kindles as we had expected. Sadly, we didn’t feel the power from the story we had hoped for.

The relationship between David and Grace was one of destiny, love and courage and whilst their relationship seemed effortless in so many ways, for us it lacked that deep emotional pull we had expected between two characters who are very much soul mates, whose lives were destined to cross paths and especially given the poignancy of the story.

The prologue was gripping and described in such a vivid way we could smell the acrid smoke, feel the flames licking our heels and sense the desperation of the occupants’ moments as Melissa put us through our paces in the introduction to this story.

David Andrews was a beautiful hero. He was sweet, sexy and confident but also showed a very vulnerable side especially where Grace was concerned. For David, Firefighting wasn’t a job, it was a dedication, a love, a calling and he gave it his all.

“…these people, this city, it’s more than just a job.”

For Grace, it had always been David. These two had been bound together by an inexplicable bond since childhood ensuring their lives would always intertwine.  Grace respected David’s dedication to his job but also knew she had to live with the reality of the dangerous life threatening situations he placed himself in daily.

“Sometimes, our biggest heroes are the ones who, on the surface were no one at all.”

This is a love story and there is a beautiful message delivered, but we wanted to feel an unbreakable connection, a deep passion, a deep gut wrenching emotional experience which didn’t eventuate. This is a story that shows that love really can conquer all and we know readers will devour this one!

“I am your Gracie.”

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author, with thanks**

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FROM THE WRECKAGE by MELISSA COLLINS
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ALSO by MELISSA

ON SOLID GROUND – M/M
 Our Review 

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SYNOPSIS

When Jacob “Dax” Daxton returns home from war, he has to fight a new battle – the one to find his place in the world. The man who normally has a clear path to victory surrounded by brothers in combat is suddenly lost and alone. After meeting Beckett Ridge, a bearded tattoo artist, Dax’s journey begins winding down an unexpected path.

Still reeling from events that shook his foundation, Beck has never been part of anything meaningful. Now faced with responsibilities foreign and daunting, Dax’s broken spirit mends Beck in ways he never even knew he was destroyed.

As both struggle to find balance, they are healed by the comfort they find in one other. On the other side of chaos, they hope to find themselves On Solid Ground. 

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REPAIRED M/M
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Repaired

SYNOPSIS
Liam Davis is a man without a past. That’s what he wants everyone to believe, anyway. Hell-bent on erasing any memories of his previous life, he knows that starting over is all he can do. Hiding who he is, where he’s from, why he’s running, and especially who he’s left behind, Liam has run away from everything he’s ever known. His plan works perfectly until one day when Parker Ryan threatens to expose his carefully concealed world.

Parker Ryan is a man without a future. Sure, he’s a partner in one of New York’s most prestigious law firms, but he’ll never be more than a failure in the eyes of his boss, his father. Rather than break away from his father’s standards, he finds himself mindlessly pursuing them, in turn sacrificing anything that would actually make him happy.

When Liam’s and Parker’s lives collide, the ugly truth about who they really are, and who they hope to become reveals itself when they least expect it. As both of their lives become wrecked beyond all belief, they’ll learn how to rely on each other in their journey to become Repaired.

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REPAIRED by MELISSA COLLINS

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SYNOPSIS

Liam Davis is a man without a past. That’s what he wants everyone to believe, anyway. Hell-bent on erasing any memories of his previous life, he knows that starting over is all he can do. Hiding who he is, where he’s from, why he’s running, and especially who he’s left behind, Liam has run away from everything he’s ever known. His plan works perfectly until one day when Parker Ryan threatens to expose his carefully concealed world.

Parker Ryan is a man without a future. Sure, he’s a partner in one of New York’s most prestigious law firms, but he’ll never be more than a failure in the eyes of his boss, his father. Rather than break away from his father’s standards, he finds himself mindlessly pursuing them, in turn sacrificing anything that would actually make him happy.

When Liam’s and Parker’s lives collide, the ugly truth about who they really are, and who they hope to become reveals itself when they least expect it. As both of their lives become wrecked beyond all belief, they’ll learn how to rely on each other in their journey to become Repaired. 

Repaired

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

✯✯✯✯✯ Stars

‘He had a past he wanted to erase and I had a future I wanted to escape.’

Oh how we fell in love with this story as well as Liam and Parker. Melissa Collins has without question cemented herself as a 1Click Author as she beautifully writes a tale full of vivid emotion, heart-break and romance. We read with smiles on our faces, our pulses racing as well as tears in our eyes. It was a passionate tale of trauma, angst, second chances, self-discovery and healing as well as a reminder that with love we can overcome anything.

‘Where I was all torn edges and dishevelled mess, he was freshly pressed flawlessness.’

Repaired has real heart as Liam and Parker are both living with their own demons and trying to find their way in life living with a past nestled on their shoulders. Opposites attract as the saying goes, however, yes the materialistic – the lifestyle may be different but inside the shell lives two equally beautiful and hurting hearts looking for something or someone to find them. Two hearts looking to heal and realise their true desires and dreams. Two hearts not only trying to find themselves but the one that completes them.

‘My exact opposite in pretty much every way possible, Parker was the epitome of my darkest desires. And he was standing right here, so close yet somehow so unreachable.’

Nothing is easy in life or in love as Parker and Liam both independently realise – nothing is smooth sailing or a given. It’s okay to ask for help, it’s okay to cry and it’s okay to love, forgive and accept. With the support of love stepping out from living in the shadows of pain and hiding needn’t be overwhelmingly impossible.

‘..it was as if I found a piece of myself I’d always been looking for, or, to be more accurate, it was as if I found a part of myself I used to possess, but had somehow lost a long time ago.’

We highly recommend Repaired; so beautifully written and encompassing everything we love to find in books; what we love to feel in books.

‘We’d never know how our past would affect our future. We’d never know how today would tumble on into tomorrow. All we could ever do is hold on tight and have faith that somehow it would all work out the way it’s supposed to.’

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author, with thanks.**

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We also recommend this Standalone by Melissa
Currently on sale for only 99c/99p!
ON SOLID GROUND
Our 5 Star Review

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ON SOLID GROUND by MELISSA COLLINS

On Solid Ground
SYNOPSIS

When Jacob “Dax” Daxton returns home from war, he has to fight a new battle – the one to find his place in the world. The man who normally has a clear path to victory surrounded by brothers in combat is suddenly lost and alone. After meeting Beckett Ridge, a bearded tattoo artist, Dax’s journey begins winding down an unexpected path.

Still reeling from events that shook his foundation, Beck has never been part of anything meaningful. Now faced with responsibilities foreign and daunting, Dax’s broken spirit mends Beck in ways he never even knew he was destroyed.

As both struggle to find balance, they are healed by the comfort they find in one other. On the other side of chaos, they hope to find themselves On Solid Ground. 

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Jointly Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯✯ Utter book love stars!

‘That’s the state we’re both in, after all. Need. I need him to calm me; he needs me to steady him. I need him to rouse me back to life; he needs me to remind him that his is a good life, not one of meaningless nothingness.’

This is our first experience with Melissa Collins’ work and after being completely mesmerized by the beauty of her words and storytelling you can bet we’ll be 1Clicking more from this author because she completely held our hearts with On Solid Ground.

In fact, if we had a checklist of everything we love in a story, this book would tick them all. Emotion, passion, sweetness, tenderness, love, engaging characters and a superbly told story, it was all there and then some.

‘What if I don’t like the me I find?’

The main characters, Dax and Beck, both so different, yet both carrying scars and pain from their past which they must confront and repair before they can give themselves completely to one another.  The secondary players in this story were so significant in Dax and Beck’s healing and each relationship had a bearing on how their story would unfold. Each profoundly important it its own way.

We meet Dax as he is returning home after experiencing horrendous events whilst away at war. He finds it hard to assimilate into his old life as he deals with the guilt of loss, PTDS, painful memories and coming to terms with his sexuality. All has taken its toll and he feels a total disconnection from his loved ones, deciding to move to California in the hope of finding himself.

“How do you let go of the guilt of being alive?”
“By living the best fucking life you can.”

Beckett is the co-owner of a Tattoo parlour who was thrust into the role of carer and nurturer for his sister, this man had to accept responsibility and grow up fast, relinquishing any dreams he may have held.

Little did we know the depth to which both these men had suffered; such tragedy and heartbreak. Each had an agonizingly heartbreaking story to tell and both had us in a flood of tears.

We felt with every fibre of our being the encompassing love between Dax and Beckett and we felt their suffering as they faced their demons.

‘All those parts of myself that I usually keep hidden – he wears those parts on the outside.’

The sexual tension and the passion is evident and experienced but at no time does it overrule the emotional connection between them. It’s more an extension of the deep connection between these two men who crave the intimacy they share.

‘With a physical strength I could never exert, Dax hugs me tightly, crying all the tears he keeps at bay while awake.’

This is a story of self-discovery, of love at its most beautiful and genuine, one of loss and the love of family and it showed the complexities of healing deep emotional scars.

Melissa Collins delivered a stirring, thought provoking story that left us breathless and completely fulfilled. Such an emotive and beautiful story that encapsulated everything we love about reading.

“Just shut up. Let me have this. Just let me have this and then we can tell ourselves all the lies about how it’ll never work.”

If you are considering delving into the MM Sub Genre this book would be the perfect choice. You can’t go wrong giving On Solid Ground a read.

** Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author, with thanks **

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