Sam reviews ‘On Solid Ground’ by Melissa Collins. Self-Published on January 13th, 2015 and is 328 pages.
Why I read this book: I heard really good things about it and after reading the synopsis I knew it was one I would enjoy.
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.
On Solid Ground is an amazing story of loss and love and healing. Dax is a soldier who has just returned from the war. He has suffered a great loss while in the service and now endures nightmares and extreme guilt. He has finally come to terms that he is gay but still hasn’t informed his family. He is afraid of what will happen when he does. Instead of facing his fears and loss head on he decides to move to California to live with his best friend Chloe. This way he can have time to try to come to terms with everything that has happened in his life.
Trying to cope with the death of one of his brothers he served with he decides to get a tattoo in his honor. What Dax doesn’t expect is the strong attraction he has towards the sexy tattoo artist, Beck.
Beck is the co-owner of a successful tattoo shop. He has had a hard life since the time he was a young boy. When a bad situation from his past becomes worse Beck ends up with a huge responsibility. While trying to deal with the stress and pieces of his life that have become chaotic he meets Dex. He is immediately drawn to the sexy soldier and can’t wait for the opportunity to get his hands on him even if it’s only for a tattoo.
Once they figure out the other is also gay they are finally able to admit their attraction to each other. Not only do Dex and Beck find comfort with each other but form a deep connection.
Can two men who have experienced so much loss heal each other? What will happen when even more heartache is thrown their way? Can their relationship survive?
On Solid Ground is such a beautiful heartbreaking story that had me pulling for both men to make it through all the heartache and reach the happiness they deserved. The authors writing style was great. The whole story flowed perfectly. The scenes and characters were well-developed. It was emotionally intense and brought me to tears many times while reading. I look forward to reading more by Melissa Collins in the future.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melissa Collins has always been a book-worm. Studying Literature in college ensured that her nose was always stuck in a book. She followed her passion for reading to the most logical career choice: English teacher. Her hope was to share her passion for reading and the escapism of books to her students. Having spent more than a decade in front of a classroom, she can easily say that it’s been a dream. Her passion for writing didn’t start until more recently. When she was home on maternity leave in early 2012, she read her first romance novel and her head filled with the passion, angst and laughter of the characters who she read about it. It wasn’t long before characters of her own took shape in her mind. Their lives took over Melissa’s brain and The Love Series was born.
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