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    More than a love story

    I’m not one to regularly cry over books, but this one got me more than a few times. Point of Contact hit all the emotions: pride, friendship, loyalty, fear, sadness, grief, and love- both new and everlasting. I knew this book would tear at my heart, which is probably why I delayed diving into it as soon as it landed on my device; but I had no idea just how much it would impact me and is my favorite book of the author’s to date (which is saying a lot). Point of Contact was incredibly touching. The author didn’t spare readers any of the pitfalls as she detailed the main characters’ grief and coming back from those dark places to find hope and move forward to make a new normal, while still honoring old memories and those lost. The writing in Point of Contact was smooth, descriptive, and beautiful, the pacing measured. There was an ebb and flow of action, but every moment had a purposeful role in developing Jesse and Trevor’s characters and story. I especially loved the honesty in emotions and dialogue of both the main and secondary characters. I say honesty because not only was the emotion clearly written and palpable, but I’ve heard my husband and friends, who are combat veterans, say many of the same things. It was a window into an experience and Miss Hansen managed to expose vulnerabilities while showcasing strengths. More than a slow burn romance, this was a gentle love story. By the time the two men got together, I was already thoroughly invested in both individuals. Their romance acted as an undercurrent to their personal growth stories rather than the main attraction. That isn’t to say their love story wasn’t poignant or heartwarming, because it was, it’s just that I see Point of Contact as much more than a beautiful love story. It’s a life-affirming, emotional survival story. There’s not an author I trust more to deliver a military story and romance with grace, dignity, respect, and integrity than Miss Hansen, and Point of Contact is a perfect example of why. This title will definitely be a top read of all time for me, let alone 2018, and I certainly recommend it to any reader who doesn’t mind shedding a few tears over a book. *I received an eARC via Netgalley. The publisher and author had no influence over this review*
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    Incredibly Moving and Beautiful Story

    Melanie Hansen’s novel Point of Contact should come with these directions: arrange your tissues next to your wine glass, open a bottle, and pour… you’re going to need it. I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much over a story as I did with this one. It is completely and utterly heart-wrenching. Several times I wondered if I could persevere. But persevere I did, and believe me, it was worth every tear. Reading this one was a process. Between the crushing grief of a parent who loses his child, and a soldier who holds his best friend’s hand and eases him into death, this is a very moving, emotionally-draining story. Some passages were so painful I’d make a deal with myself; if I could just finish the chapter I’d call it a night. But the writing is so enthralling I never stopped reading, and before I knew it I was right back in the thick of it again! What made this story extra special for me is all the time Hansen spends introducing the characters in the beginning of the book. Seeing Trevor as a secure and successful man makes such a difference in understanding how he copes with tragedy. Likewise, spending time with Riley and his buddies before they head off to Afghanistan, and while they are deployed, adds perspective to their relationships and makes the aftermath much more intense. Initially I was skeptical of the premise. Melanie Hansen is a new author for me, so I was interested to see how she would develop the relationship between Trevor and Jesse. I did wonder how these two men could come together, support each other through this tragedy, and end up developing romantic feelings for each other. Well, the whole romance aspect of this story is done beautifully. The relationship develops slowly, after Jesse gets home from Afghanistan. Trevor’s whole world has fallen apart, all his visions of the future are completely shattered by his son’s death. He can’t live, can’t work, his relationship with his fiance crumbles and he’s a total wreck. Jesse reaches out, offering support and asking for the same. As the two men share their memories of Riley they develop a bond, and together they find peace and some closure. I was impressed with the way Melanie Hansen handles the physical connection, as the men grow closer. It’s never far from Trevor’s thoughts that Jesse is experiencing his first romantic relationship. And he can’t help but second-guess everything. Trevor wonders how this gorgeous and sensitive young man could ever want an old guy like him, and flounders over feelings for his son’s best friend. It feels so genuine, it really worked for me. Their encounters fluctuate between intensely passionate and sweet explorations that fade to black, and are beautifully erotic. Trevor and Jesse’s honest discussion, that they’d never be together except for Riley’s death, rings true for their characters. It’s a bittersweet pill to swallow as both men work through their feelings and try to be okay with finding happiness together. The other very moving portion of Point of Contact for me was watching Jesse and his fellow soldiers work through the process of healing as they come home from war. They deal with survivors’ guilt and PTSD, especially when their loved ones can’t handle it and leave them. They need each other’s support now more than ever. To keep moving forward, they recognize that their fallen brother’s didn’t get this opportunity. As Jesse tells them, “‘We owe it to those guys to live our lives in a way that honors theirs.’” If you’re looking for a highly emotional, beautifully written story that’s heavy on angst, then Point of Contact will be right up your alley. I was impressed with every aspect of Melanie Hansen’s writing and am looking forward to reading more by this talented author.
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    Very deep, emotional story.

    I read Point of Contact a few weeks ago but just couldn't seem to find the words to write my review. It's the first book I've read by Melanie Hansen but I sure look forward to reading more of her work. If you like a "meaty" story, this one's for you. The book spans a fairly long period of time and is broken down into before and after. The first section begins with us looking in on a party at Trevor's house – his son Riley and his friends are having one last fling before they deploy. Section two beings 8 months after Riley's death. The blurb for the book is good so I recommend reading it. One of the things it doesn't tell you is that there's another relationship in the story (there's no cheating) and it added another level of complexity to an already complex story. I also don't think the blurb can convey how much feeling there is to this book – it broke my heart in more than one place. Even though I knew going it that Riley dies, reading how it all happened, and how it affected those who loved him, was tough at times and had me in tears more than once. It's been a long time since I've read a book that is as complex as this one and I loved it. Melanie Hansen has crafted a story that grabbed my attention and held on to I from start to finish. It's a very emotional read but well with the ride. A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book.
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    All the stars for this fantastic book!

    5++++ Stars So, first thing first, from just the blurb I knew reading Point of Contact would be an emotional journey and it was, it was angsty and I went through so many tissues reading it. Truly, this is a book to be savored and devoured in the comfort of your own house, it might cause sporadic bursts of tears and we don't want those in public, do we? While I will admit that I'm sensitive and it's not all that difficult to make me cry, Melanie Hansen had me sobbing my eyes out, completely broken over both Trevor and Jesse's pain at losing Riley. I swear I'm dehydrated and exhausted from the emotional rollercoaster, Ms. Hansen took me through. PoC is not truly a romance—although it does have one—but it's a love story. It tells us about Trevor's unconditional love for his son and Jesse's love for his brother in arms, and the love they find together while grieving for Riley. Again, it wasn't an easy read, but it's completely worthwhile. Trevor was an amazing father and even if Riley wasn't planned, he did his best to provide for him and be the best dad he could be. The way he missed Riley when he went on deployment and then his pain at finding out he'd been killed were so poignant, so acute, so real, that as a mother I just couldn't not relate to him. And Jesse, sweet, responsible Jesse, who'd already gone through so much since he was a little boy helping take care of his Deaf parents and then being left on his own at 18 after they both died, hiding his sexuality so he could join the army and then suffering the rigors of war and being there with Riley until he died so he wouldn't be alone, I just wanted to hug him and make it better. It's obvious Ms. Hansen did her research, apart from her inner knowledge as to how the army works and the process of grief, but more than that, she was able to put it into words that reached my heart and made me care for these men and want a HEA for them. I loved the progression of Jesse and Trevor's friendship into them becoming lovers. It was a slow burn, but I could feel the tension and the feelings growing between them and when they finally made a move forward, it was beautiful, hot, sexy and loving. They not only had amazing chemistry, but had this intangible bond of their love for Riley and their support for each other that made it even more special, deeper, more meaning. I loved to see both their relationships with Riley and how truly special Riley was for everyone he came in contact with. I also enjoyed seeing that Jesse was still there for his brothers, especially Watty, once they were back from Afganistan. All in all, PoC is a book you can't miss out on, emotional, sweet, angsty, fantastically written and did I mention heartbreakingly angsty? Just don't forget the tissues, because believe me, you're going to need them. Highly recommendable! *** Copy provided to the reviewer via NetGalley for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***
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    I was totally immersed in this book. I cried so much but also laughed too. This is a beautiful story!
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