âYou really feel for Malachi, as although he survived the assaults, but he was left with mental scars in the form of PTSD. Bran is his rock, and seems to be the only person who can pull Malachi from his dark place, should something happen to trigger is PTSD. Both Bran and Malachi are now no longer happy where they are, and the chance to change things comes about while chatting to another friend â which Malachi does in secret.
Bran and Malachi begin to make a new life in New Orleans, and Bran seems to bloom while working in the bakery â but what Bran does not know is that Malachi has paid the owner to take Bran on as an apprentice. Malachi also finds a therapist that he can talk to, and on the outside it seems like things may be improving for them both. Malachi also manages to find a friend while sketching in the park one day, but Bran comes across as really jealous of her, although she is no threat to their relationship.
Although Malachi wants to tell Bran the truth, he doesnât want to spoil things, as they are closer than ever, but really enjoying their new life in New Orleans. However, they go out with friends one night, and the alcohol flows quite freely, and while drunk one of the other people who works at the bakery blurts out that Bran is only there as Malachi has paid for his apprenticeshipâ¦..
The book now becomes very emotional, and I can only applaud the author with how she wrote this part of the story. You can honestly feel Malachiâs total distress and despair as you read, and I really wanted to reach in and hug him tight. The author wrote about Malachiâs PTSD in a sensitive manner and it showed (to me anyway), that even little things which seem insignificant to the rest of us, can cause a total panic attack if you have PTSD.
I recommend people to read this book, but please also read Coffee Time (book 1) prior to reading this, so you have a better understanding of the dynamics of their relationship.
Branâs eyes widened and he stood up, catching Malachi in his arms as Malachi stumbled forward. âMal?â He took a step backward, supporting Malachiâs weight as he sank onto the couch and pulled him into his lap. âBreathe, baby,â he whispered, rubbing his back. âRemember your breathing. Itâs okay, youâre okay, youâre safe, Iâm here.â
Michaela started her career with Dreamspinner Press. Her first book is called Coffee Cake, published in May of 2015, and its sequel is Beignets, coming in October of 2015. She is represented by Saritza Hernandez, of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
Queer romance is her happy place, and she delights in pushing her limits, testing her abilities and forcing herself to write scenarios sheâs not familiar with. Angst is her lifeblood, and she wants you to know that your tears are delicious. (But donât worry, sheâll always give you a happy ending.)
When sheâs not writing, sheâs knitting while watching TV or avoiding responsibilities on Tumblr, where she shamelessly ogles pretty people and tries to keep her cat off the keyboard.