Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Romance Book Review: Jacob’s Ladder

Author: Z. A. Maxfield
Series Connection: St. Nacho’s
ISBN: 978-1-60737-806-8
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ M-M/ Gay Romance
Publisher: Loose-id


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It isn't often that a book will touch so many cords when reading it, but Jacob's Ladder did for me. There were so many sides to this story. First the emotional angle of a man going through the worst few days of his life. Then the scenes of getting to know his hero older brother again and finally moving on to a new stage in his life.

Jacob (Yasha) can normally take care of himself. As an ex-solider he is strong. He's had arguments with his live-in lover before, but this one day he is sick with the flu and his lover to high on steroids. After receiving the beating of his life, Jacob heads to visit with his brother. With the threat of a flu epidemic, members of the bus he's on become worried to see Jacob's increasing worsening flu syptoms and make him get off leaving him at a motel in a small town.

The residents take Jacob into their fold and give him someplace to call home. When he meets J.T., Jacob assumes he's gay, only to realize that J.T. is conflicted about his sexual preference and dates a different woman every night. Still J.T. wants Jacob and comes to him in secret.

The story takes a turn to the hilarious when Jacob's brother comes to town. Dan has been subdued over the past several years, and so unlike the hero image Jacob has had of his brother. Now on the verge of divorce, Jacob is seeing the man he always remembered.

This story hits a many topics including domestic violence, men dealing with their sexual preferences, the Jewish religion and friendship. Be prepared for anything as you turn to the next page. Bravo to the author.

Jacob “Yasha”” Livingston is having a bad day. First there is the head cold. Then the orgy, the fight, and the hospital. Between that and the bus driver who ejects him — after accusing him of transmitting the Swine Flu — the rest of his day seems fairly vague. Now he’s stuck in a small town called Santo Ignacio and he has a whole lot of thinking to do.

One thing is, when fate speaks in the form of an EMT, maybe it’s time to listen. One man in particular, EMT, Jason “J.T.” Lents, with his shy smile and jade green eyes, seems more like an angel than a paramedic. But Jason has a date with a newer, prettier girl every night, despite the fact that he seems to return Yasha’s interest.

What will make J.T. happy? If J.T. is afraid of his feelings it might be Yasha’s chance to heal the healer. For this couple to find their way, it’s up to Jacob, his new friends, and the magic of St. Nacho’s… in St. Nacho’s 3 — Jacob’s Ladder.

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