Rating: 3.75 stars
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Driving late at night, detective Brayden almost runs over a man stumbling dirty and half-naked in the middle of the road. When he gets out to help the man, he realizes he’s not covered in dirt, but blood, and that he’s not a stranger. The injured man is Jamie, a man he’d spent one incredible weekend having fantastic sex with and had made plans to see again when both their schedules allowed. Jamie is clearly in need of medical attention and very disoriented so Brayden takes him straight to the hospital.
After being treated for his injuries, it’s discovered that Jamie has amnesia. He’s obviously distressed and the medical staff have no idea what to do with him after releasing him, and the only person he seems comfortable with is Brayden. Brayden takes him home with him and struggles to keep his affection and attraction to Jamie from the other man, not wanting to burden him with that while he’s recovering. But when Jamie’s co-workers show up and Brayden learns that Jamie is part of Division P, the shadowy government agency that trains psychics, and that Jamie’s injuries are psychic in nature, he learns that his connection to Jamie might be the only way to help him heal.
This was a pretty solid little story. Nice premise, likeable characters, interesting enough plot. There were some issues with it like an unenjoyable ending and some stiff writing in places, but overall it was cute.
I liked both of the main characters. Brayden was your typical alpha male type personality, but he was also really caring and sweet and really self-sacrificing when it came to Jamie. I could totally understand why Jamie instinctively felt safe with him even when he didn’t remember him. Jamie was probably my favorite part about this story, I totally felt for him. The extensiveness of what happened to him has left him completely broken, but it hasn’t left him beaten. He’s a complete mess and relies completely on Brayden for a sense of stability, but he’s still a fighter and he’s still working hard to regain a sense of normalcy. I loved the dichotomy of such a needy character filled with such strength. The romance between them was sweet enough but nothing that burned up the pages. Honestly, I liked the quiet moments between them the most.
The rest of the cast was a little disappointing and somewhat confusing at times. This book is not part of a series, but there’s a whole bunch of books set in this universe. I’m not sure if they are supposed to be read in any particular order, but this is the first one I’ve read and I don’t know if that affected my view of the supporting cast or not. I don’t know if any of the characters featured here are there in the other books, although I assume so, because they were presented in a way that made me feel like I should know them already and that there presence was more in the category of a cameo rather than a supporting role. The villain in the story also doesn’t appear at all except in a shadowy way in Jamie’s fragmented memories and that was kind of a let-down. Hopefully Moler plans to resolve that loose plot thread in subsequent books.
As far as the plot goes, I liked the premise a lot. Yes, it’s something that’s been done before, but it’s also done in a way that feels fresh and like a unique take. The pace moves really quickly, but I didn’t feel like we were missing anything and it just helped to ramp up the excitement. I found the conflict to be very engaging, with Jamie struggling to figure out what happened to him all while trying to decide if he’s still in danger or not. Everything about the first ¾ of this plot works really well, but unfortunately I can’t say the same about the ending. Nothing is really resolved and with this not being a traditional series I’m not sure if the author plans to revisit this storyline or not. I hope so, because I’m interested in seeing where it goes.
There were a few other quick things I feel are worth mentioning. The first is the author’s voice. I found it to be a little hard to engage with at first, but got used to it a few chapters in. It may not feel as stiff to you, but if it does, it gets better as you get more into the story. There are however a lot of really odd POV switches to side characters that just sort of confused me. I didn’t feel like they added anything at all to the story and in fact, in a lot of cases actually took away from it. Also, it was a minor thing, but it’s one of my pet peeves, so I just gotta throw it out there, but these characters were just a little too open. I definitely hate the stereotype that men never talk to each other, but these characters just spilled their guts at the slightest provocation and that always strikes me as unrealistic. Especially for both of them to do it.
All in all, this was a quick, cute story and I’d recommend it for fans of Moler’s work or fans of other books in the collection, also for fans of psychic characters and amnesia stories.