Sam reviews ‘Resurrection’ by S. Davidson. This book was Self-Published on June 3rd, 2016 and is 322 pages long.
Why I read this book: I had seen this recommended by several people. When I read the synopsis I knew it would be something I would like.
His war has just begun. James (Jamie) Massey has been raised in a strict military household and grew up with the sole purpose of becoming a soldier. He never imagined the heartache his choices in love and war would weigh on his soul, and when he loses everything, he can’t imagine ever being happy again. Chris Baker grew up in a small town, raised on the rodeo circuit. When he met Ben, he thought he’d live blissfully every after, but things have a way of not going along as planned. Chris, devastated by his loss, was barely hanging on. When Jamie and Chris end up in the same small town diner, it can only be credited to divine intervention. But are both men too damaged? They say God works in mysterious ways. Well, he certainly had his hands full when he chose these two for saving. Is it too late? Triggers: Deals with PTSD, death, and realistic wartime violence.
Resurrection by S. Davidson was above and beyond what I initially expected. I knew that both of these amazing men had loved and lost. What I didn’t realize when I started reading is not only would I get to experience Chris and Jamie’s story, but the detailed life that Jamie and Chris had prior to finding each other. I absolutely adore these men. My heart broke for each one over and over.
Jamie was such an amazing soldier. He always pushed himself beyond what was expected. He was determined to be the best soldier possible. I hated how Jamie wasn’t able to be open with his and Derrick’s relationship. On the rare occasion, it was nice to see Jamie let his guard down and see how carefree he could actually be. The love he had for Derrick was so strong that when tragedy struck, it almost took Jamie too. My heart hurt for Jamie so much. Between the death of his partner and the lives lost while serving, he eventually couldn’t handle it and hit rock bottom.
Chris is such a great guy. He is fun, caring and full of life. Chris is openly gay in an environment that isn’t very accepting. However in Chris’s case, it was quite the opposite; everyone loved and supported him without an issue. When he stepped out of his country town and went to college, I was curious to how it would all go down. Just like before, Chris won over everyone. Meeting Ben was a joy. He and Chris loved so fiercely, that you couldn’t help but be happy for them and their success. When life threw them a curveball it broke my heart. Chris is so strong and has such a nurturing part to him, it made me love him even more.
With both of these men losing their partners and their entire being, it was hard to watch them try to move forward. They do so slowly, but they didn’t learn to actually live again till they met one another.
From the moment that Chris and Jamie first met, there was a pull towards the other. They were both lonely and dealing with their own loss. That is one reason they were able to connect and comfort each other with friendship and then eventually more. Their journey by no means was easy. There was joy and the sex was hot when they eventually went to that level in their relationship, but there were a lot of issues that both men had to accept and overcome.
Their story makes you believe that some things happen for a reason. That you can fall in love more than once. That love may be different, but it can be just as strong and deep as the first.
Resurrection by S. Davidson was fantastic. I am surprised that this is the first book she has published. The writing is flawless. The storyline keeps you hooked from beginning to end. The author was able to make the story come alive with how vividly she describes the scenes and characters. It was very realistic and made me feel like I was going through what the characters were. This connection I felt with the characters had me in tears throughout the entire story. I just wanted to protect them from any more heartache.
The secondary characters have a big part in the storyline. Chris’s family was great and supportive. I love how they accepted and made Jamie feel like part of the family. As for Chris’s friends in the rodeo circuit it was refreshing to see that they didn’t reject Chris for his sexuality but for the most part were there for him.
I think my favorites of all the secondary characters were Patrick and Rick. The way they loved and supported Jamie was amazing. They were not only there for him in the military but like father figures to Jamie when he needed them the most. They loved him and helped him in so many ways. I would love to read how Rick and Patrick’s story began.
The ending also had a few teary moments, but not all these tears were sad. What Chris and Jaime finally do on the ranch was heartwarming. It was perfect for both men.
I highly recommend reading Resurrection by S. Davidson. Yes there is a lot of heartache, but there is also so much joy and love that it makes going through all the emotions worth it. I will definitely be reading more books written by the author as they come available.
10/10 pots of gold
Who is Shelly Davidson? Shelly is someone who has been writing literally her entire life (and that’s a LONG time) and has always written M/M. Her first story was back in high school and she hasn’t stopped since. Of course, Shelly never dreamed of getting published, so needless to say, she’s in heaven! Shelly loves her characters. Her writing focus is real people, flaws and all, who are hurting or damaged, but deserve a little joy in their lives. Shelly was born and raised in Arizona, but currently lives in California because that is where the money is! She is currently single, but has a grown daughter and an adorable grandson both of whom she loves dearly. While she usually stays pretty much to herself, she does have a Bachelor’s in Social Services and a diverse background that ranges from theater to health care and currently works in accounting, she swears it’s not as boring as it sounds. While this is her first publication, it is by far not the last! She plans on being around for quite some time! You’ve been warned! .