Review of The Telling by Eden Winters 5*
BLURB:Time in Iraq cost Michael Ritter some of his hearing and a friend whose death he feels responsible for. He'd left Alabama hoping to escape a dull, small-town life, but now, four years later, he's returning, lugging a duffle full of personal demons. Engineering student Jay Ortiz attends college in a place where his heritage and orientation aren't widely accepted. While adjusting to new surroundings he found a soldier's picture. During lonely times he confided in the image of the somber young man, giving his heart away to a stranger. Now that stranger is coming home.
My Review: I was surprised at how well the author portrayed the main character's problems with PTSD without detracting from the romance. The way Jay cared for Michael and coped with the flashbacks was done with great sensitivity. Overall this was a story well worth reading.
REview of Night Watch by Eden Winters 5*
BLURB:Javier "Jay" Ortiz had always considered the Fourth of July a time for celebrations, fireworks, and cookouts – that is, until he met Michael Ritter, a US Army veteran traumatized by the horrors of war. For Michael, the Roman candles sound like rockets and the pops and blasts of fireworks mimic rifles and grenades. When bitter memories suck him into the hell of his own mind, can his partner's love bring him back?
My Review: A really sweet add on to the previous story that shows how Jay and Michael survive the trauma of a noisy, flashback inducing, holiday.