Rating: 4.75 stars
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For most people hopping on an airplane to fly from one coast to the other isn’t a big deal, but for Justice Crawford it’s something he avoids at all cost, until his best friend asks him to be his best man in his upcoming wedding. Suffering from debilitating anxiety disorder and OCD, Justice’s life requires the people he is close to know his idiosyncrasies and to understand them. On top of that, Justice has a deep fear of coming out to his friends. He tried that once in his past and it didn’t turn out so well. When Justice falls into the lap of a handsome sailor during a round of turbulence on the plane, he doesn’t know that his life is about to change.
Captain Nic Valentine is trying to deal with the loss of his father and a betrayal by the man he thought he loved. But when a distraction lands in his lap, he counts himself lucky. At least he’ll have something to watch, until he loses sight of the skittish guy. But fate is definitely is on his side when the same man calls to schedule a tour for his friend’s bachelor party. Only one problem, Nic doesn’t mess with closeted guys and this guy is so far in only a miracle or disaster could force him out. But something about Justice calls to Nic and he can’t help but want more, even if he knows he’s asking for trouble.
When one of the wedding party sees him Justice out with Nic, Justice is threatened with the one thing he fears the most: being outed. And when the ball drops, can Justice move past the fear or will he ruin the one good relationship he’s ever known?
It’s impossible to start this review without telling you how much I loved the book. I’m a little embarrassed to say that I Survived Seattle is the first book I’ve read by this author, but it certainly won’t be the last. It’s such fun, quirky, precious read. The thing that drew me in the most is the way this author had a handle on unconventional and made it adorable. I love the originality and imagination that sprung from this story.
I adore Justice and Nic. Justice’s journey in this book is one of self-acceptance. He’s a beautiful character. He’s idiosyncratic and tortured, but he’s vibrant and fantastic. I felt his journey, his growth. I love his flaws, the way he hides behind them. And I love his ah-ha moment. Justice is pretty much one big ah-ha moment. His story is wonderful. Let me not leave out Nic. Nic is the most patient, most understanding, dreamboat of a guy. He follows his heart and goes for what he wants. He’s the calm to Justice’s crazy. They are one of my new favorite couples.
The variety in this story held me captivated. The array of issues Justice suffered from is vast, but Hogan does a great job balancing the quirky with the cute. And there are the many personalities to sort through in this book, but guys, they are all lovely, even the ones you love to hate. And I have to say that as much as I hated Rich, and I totally did, I have a feeling that I’m going to end up liking him.
Yes, this book is fantabulous. I want more and I have my own hopes for the next story and the next couple, but I’m going to let this author surprise me. I can hardly wait. I highly recommend I Survived Seattle by J.K. Hogan.