Hurricane Lauris is set to make landfall and it is expected be the worst storm in a century. David “Bear” Berickza is worried about his friend and fellow veterinarian Travis Michaels, who is right in the storm’s path. He knows Travis isn’t going to leave the animals in his care and Bear is determined to get him the help that he needs. Though the two men have never met, they belong to the same online group and a friendship and telephone calls developed from there. Bear cares for Travis deeply and he wants nothing more to be there and help Travis, even though travel is prohibited.
When Bear tells Travis he’s coming, Travis is relived for the help and wants Bear there more than he can say. Though Travis and his fourteen-year-old daughter Tina are doing everything they can to save the animals that have been left behind by their owners, he knows it’s not enough and that they are in grave danger. Bear barely makes it into town before the storm washes out the bridge and the connection that the two men made over the phone sparks to life once they meet in person. What had been a deep, intense friendship quickly blooms into love that had been bubbling just under the surface.
The storm is savage and devastating and the house and clinic flood, as well as part of the roof collapsing. Bear, Travis, and Tina are lucky to be alive when the worst is over. But now that the clinic is gone, the men realize they have some choices to make. Either Travis can stay and rebuild, or he can go home with Bear and try to build a new life. The question remains, is their connection enough?
This is another book in the Storming Love series, with the devastating hurricane as the connection between all the books. This hurricane is creating havoc on the North Carolina coast, but in its aftermath, men are making connections and finding love. Bear and Travis are no different, but their story is sweet and wonderful.
I adored Bear from the start. He’s a gentle soul who made a connection with Travis over the phone and fell in love with him during their weekly calls. They never talked about their relationship, per se, but they formed a deep connection. This premise is the reason why I wanted to read this book, and it mostly hit the mark for me. I would have liked to see just a bit more of their connection before they finally met in person, but I thought it worked really well. And it’s clear right from the start that Bear just adores Travis. I loved his determination to get to Travis and do whatever he could to help and protect the man.
Travis had his own endearing qualities, and though I’m not always a fan of kids in my stories, his daughter was one of the reasons I liked him so much. It’s obvious from the start that Travis has a huge heart. He’s out in the beginnings of the storm trying to save as many animals as he can before the worst hits. Tina is right there with him and she takes care of her father in a way that is inspiring. Knowing that Travis raised her to be this strong person is just great to see. I loved their relationship. I loved the way they looked out for one another. Travis is a truly good man, and he deserved someone equally as good. Which is why Bear is the perfect man for him.
It’s a short novella, so I can forgive a lot. But I have to say the instalove in this one was just a little bit too much for me. I think if we got to see a little bit more of the connection beforehand, as I said earlier, that this would have felt less sudden. But when these two are declaring love so quickly, I had just a little bit of a problem with it.
But guys, I have to tell you, if you’re looking for a wonderful, sweet story with two men who just fit and who get the love they deserve, then this one is definitely for you.