Book Review: On Solid Ground by Melissa Collins

Genre: Romance.  M/M Contemporary Romance

When Jacob “Dax” Daxton returns home from war, he has to fight a new battle – the one to find his place in the world. The man who normally has a clear path to victory surrounded by brothers in

combat is suddenly lost and alone. After meeting Beckett Ridge, a bearded tattoo artist, Dax’s journey begins winding down an unexpected path.

Still reeling from events that shook his foundation, Beck has never been part of anything meaningful. Now faced with responsibilities foreign and daunting, Dax’s broken spirit mends Beck in ways he never even knew he was destroyed.

As both struggle to find balance, they are healed by the comfort they find in one other. On the other side of chaos, they hope to find themselves On Solid Ground.

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I absolutely-thoroughly-enjoyed every page of this book. From the moment the book begins, Collins does a fantastic job of creating two main characters that are strong, yet flawed.  Dax and Beck are drawn together by a chance meeting, and from that moment you know these two are meant for each other.  The author does a great job of portraying these characters in an imperfect, tortured, yet beautiful manner. There are a few intimate scenes that were done with class, and conveyed the emotion Dax and Beck felt. In the end, this story is about one man’s journey through the horrors of war, and the tattooed stranger who becomes the solid rock in his life. There is lots of in between plot lines in the book that kept it a great, interesting read. I don’t want to go into them because they will spoil the read. The supporting characters were well portrayed and added another layer to the story.  I was really cheering for Dax and Beck and hoping they’d make it in the end, even through the shitty times. These boys deserve a happily ever after, especially after all they’ve been through, but will they get it!?! You’ll have to read and see!

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And now…. a gif-tastic addition to the review:

 Hot Tattooist: Check

A solider and his best friend: Check

A little girl who will bring them together and help them heal: Check

 
A love that can go the distance…..well, you’ll have to read it to see!

About the Author: Melissa Collins has always been a book worm. Studying Literature in college ensured that her nose was always stuck in a book. She followed her passion for reading to the most logical career choice: English teacher. Her hope was to share her passion for reading and the escapism of books to her students. Having spent more than a decade in front of a classroom, she can easily say that it’s been a dream.
Her passion for writing didn’t start until more recently. When she was home on maternity leave in early 2012, she read her first romance novel and her head filled with the passion, angst and laughter of the characters who she read about it. It wasn’t long before characters of her own took shape in her mind. Their lives took over Melissa’s brain and The Love Series was born.

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