Erryn reviews ‘Love’s Glory (Revolutionary Heart Book 3)’ by Janice Jarrell. The ebook was released by the author on June 24, 2019 and is 226 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Walker Williams, released on August 5, 2020 and is 7 hrs and 25 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for honest reviews.
Why I read this book: I am loving this series..
In October of 2017 cocky, alpha-male Irishman, Colin Campbell, sergeant in charge of the special assault unit of the University of Virginia Campus Police Force, dove in front of a bullet meant for a University of Virginia student. The bullet shattered his thigh and severed his femoral artery, a wound which nearly took Colin’s life and left him temporarily disabled. His infirmities robbed him of the strength and athletic prowess which had been his for most of his life leaving him humiliated and bereft.
His partner, Joshua Abrams, a doctor of psychology at the Rainier Clinic in Charlottesville, never once left his injured lover’s side. He poured every ounce of strength and love he possessed into healing the magical Irishman whom he adored and was overwhelmed with relief and gratitude when Colin was taken off the critical list. Thinking that they had survived their trial, he took Colin home, believing that their happiness was now assured.
But like many injured police officers, Colin subsequently withdrew from his partner. Overwhelmed by feelings of shame and embarrassment, he devoted himself almost obsessively to the physical therapy with which he hoped to rebuild his strength and reclaim the life he had lost. Unable to share his pain and feelings of inadequacy, he shut Joshua out, leaving him to cope alone with the post-traumatic stress he suffered as a result of Colin’s shooting.
In the following months Colin and Joshua fought to keep their relationship alive. Although deeply in love, they felt powerless to cope with the after-effects of Colin’s injuries both to his body and to his pride as a man, and to heal the emotionally devastating PTSD with which Joshua suffered.
Love’s Glory tells the story of this painful and challenging time in Colin and Joshua’s life. As we join them now, Colin is still walking with a cane and still suffering the physical after effects of his injuries. But he and Joshua are both in therapy and are now dealing positively with the emotional and psychological damage they both endured.
They face their future side by side, determined to stand or fall together, as soul mates and lovers. This book follows them on their journey as they move toward the happy future they both long to share. They have moments of anxiety and intense emotion, but you can count on a happy ending. In fact, you can count on a happy listen. In this book, Colin and his beloved Joshua have left their trials behind and now revel in Love’s Glory.
This book contain mature content including explicit sexual relations between Colin and Joshua.
I have enjoyed Janice Jarrell’s Revolutionary Heart series from the beginning. The series started with a focus on David and Nathan, but soon Colin and Joshua were introduced and their story eclipsed the others’. I’m not sure if this was always the author’s intention, or if this is the direction the stories took her. Regardless, it works.
This story picks up from where the last left off. Joshua is settled in his job as a psychologist, and Colin is still working as a cop, only he’s riding a desk because of his injury. He was shot protecting a student. He’s still resentful of the speed of recovery, but he’s adapting. The Irish in him still has a temper, to be sure. He’s applied for law school, and it looks like he’s going to get in, so that means big changes in their lives.
Perhaps the biggest one of all is just around the corner – they’re getting married. I was happy for them and fascinated to watch the blending of two very different religions – Judaism and Catholicism. It…worked. I also learned quite a few things about those religions and when I learn something new, I find extra value in a book.
The honeymoon to Ireland was also fun. And poignant. Colin hasn’t really dealt with the suicide of his beloved sister Kathy, and this is his chance to do so. With Joshua at his side, it seems all things are possible.
I enjoyed this book. It was low-angst, low-drama, and yet a lovely story. A happily ever after.
I’ll quickly say a word about Walker Williams. He’s done a great job with the series, including all the Irish with Colin’s family. I can recommend this book, as well as the entire series. Well done.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
My name is Jan Jarrell. I am a retired grandmother who lives in Seattle, WA. I’ve been writing gay romance since I was twelve years old, only back then it wasn’t called ‘gay romance’. In fact, it had no name at all. It was the fifty’s, and it was worth your life to admit to being gay, let alone confess to being a girl who constantly fantasized about relationships between gay men. Hell, I didn’t even know what a homosexual was. I lived on a farm out in the sticks in a tiny Michigan village and I’d never, to my knowledge, even heard the word. I just knew I loved the thought of boy on boy romance. I just knew that there was something hot going on between Tom Corbett and his Space Cadets and all those guys on ‘Combat’.
I wrote slash fanfiction for 30 years, writing over 337 stories, some as short as 100 words (a drabble) some as long as a series which was over 119,012 words. I enjoy writing my stories. I enjoyed the feedback I received from my readers. It was a creative release I’d been searching for my entire life and I blessed the Internet for leading me to this artistic oasis for my spirit.
Love’s Magic was my very first step into writing my own characters. I will always be grateful the slash fanfiction community for nurturing the budding author until she was ready to blossom into a fully realized novelist. It’s been an amazing thing to watch the gay community’s growth over these past twenty years. My own journey has echoed theirs in many ways, and I’m grateful to all those gay activists who fought to give the gay community the rights and privileges they always deserved.
I’m also grateful to the gay romance community, readers, authors, publishers and promoters, who are making these, my retirement years, the most creative ones of my life.