Series: On Solid Ground #3
Author: Melissa Collins
Micah Hudson and Jude MacMillian were both lonely teenagers. One the new kid and one the target of relentless bullying, they quickly became friends. But when friendship grew into more, the relationship was too much for either to handle. As their tenuous bond was tested, everything tumbled down, leaving them lonely once again.A decade later, Micah is on the brink of losing his will to live. Beyond exhausted from lying to everyone, including himself, Micah thinks of the one person who knows his deepest secret. Desperate and alone, Micah makes the only decision he feels he has: he must leave. But his need for closure depends on one thing.Can Jude make room in his Unsteady life for Micah once again?
This book left me filled with all kinds of emotions. I feel sad, inspired, astonished, frustrated, joyful. And the list goes on!! MM romance is one of my two favorite genres. I'm always hesitant to start a new author for me that writes mm romance, because, obviously, I don't know if I'll like it. I, personally, am very specific about what I like in a book and that only intensifies when it comes to my favorite genre. But, after reading Unsteady, which was my first Melissa Collins book, I can only say that I loved it!! It was absolutely right for me. I am very satisfied by both the writing and the story! It touched all the subjects I want to read in an mm romance, such as conflict, hesitation, depression, social oppression and liberation, happiness. In a word, the book was fulfilling!
The story is about two guys that used to be best friends in high school and just for a small amount of time, lovers! After having to subject to traditional social and sexual rules, Jude pushes Micah away, which results in Micah leaving and joining the army. Fast forward ten years, Micah has PTSD, he is depressed, hopeless, physically and psychologically damaged, suicidal and seeks salvation. The type of salvation only Jude can give him. Being apart for a decade might seem as a lot of time, but when you have the kind of connection Jude and Micah have, it only feels like a small time lapse and as if nothing has changed. They reconnect and realise that they still have deep feelings for each other. They want to try and figure out what went wrong last time they were together so they can avoid doing the same mistakes.
Unfortunately, Micah's PTSD and secrets are getting in the way of their relationship, which might not be that strong after all. At the end, history repeats itself and leaves Micah and Jude conflicted and remorseful.
The story doesn't end there, don't worry. Micah and Jude find their way to each other again and manage to work things out. It's a really beautiful story and it doesn't disappoint in any aspects. Both characters might be vulnerable and withdrawn at the beginning, but at the end they learn how to trust each other and how to be more open with their feelings.
So, if you're interested in a story that deals with high school best friends turned lovers, I highly recommend Unsteady!!!
I received an ARC of Unsteady in exchange for an honest review!!