RELEASE REVIEW: Unsteady by Melissa Collins

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Unsteady by Melissa Collins

A stand alone, M/M romance

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Cover design: Sommer Stein at Perfect Pair Creative Covers

Photography: Wander Aguiar at WANDER AGUIAR :: PHOTOGRAPHY

Models: Jacob Cooley and Ryan Dick

Blurb

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?

Review

There’s not a person alive who has never been on unsteady ground…whether it be from too many insecurities, too many secrets, or too many lies, when someone finds himself living a life that gives him no peace or comfort, pretending to be okay…pretending to be whole in a life that offers him nothing but pain and conflict as well as a constant battle with himself over who he is and who he wants to be, there are not many places to turn, especially when he’s shut out the one person who used to stand by him, pushing him to be better for himself and no one else. 

10 years ago, Jude McMillian and Micah Hudson formed a bond that eased both of their loneliness and gave light to their real desires and the truth of what they wanted in life, but in a moment of fear, words were exchanged that sent one of them running, building a life out of duty and honor, and the other to move on without his best friend…without the boy who had grown to mean everything to him and with an alcoholic father who left him no choice but to stay in his small hometown and care for the man he lost the same day he lost his mother.

Melissa Collins has proven herself to be a writer who isn’t afraid to shed light on the harsh truths of life…on people’s hypocrisy…on people’s fears…on people’s fleeting reactions to situations that they have no control over. Her On Steady Ground series illustrates just how messed up people’s lives become when they hide who they truly are and allow others to dictate their choices even when they know it will only make them miserable and further destroy their chances at living their life for themselves.

Jude may not have completely abandoned who he was after Micah left, but he also hasn’t fully embraced his wants and needs either, so while Jude hasn’t lived a life full of lies, a huge part of who he is has been hidden from everyone around him, which means he lives his life in fear while Micah lives his life refusing to admit who he is and what he truly wants, partly due to his circumstances and partly because he doesn’t know how.

It’s clear that Jude and Micah are much steadier together, but making their reunion something that’s permanent is challenging, especially when they still hold secrets – ones that could destroy what they’ve been rebuilding since reconnecting after 10 years apart. They are both different people a decade later and with those years of disconnection, they have gone through situations that have been life changing, especially the events in Micah’s life, so what that means in terms of what they can offer to one another is what readers witness when their pasts mesh with their presents and the aftermath is what plays out when past feelings are rekindled and old wounds start to heal.

Will Micah finally stop running or will he never allow himself peace due to his past choices and all that he’s endured? Can Jude make amends for his damaging words all those years ago and finally have the man who has never strayed far from his heart and mind? Those questions are what Melissa Collins answers as readers find themselves on unsteady ground with Jude and Micah, hoping against all hope, that these two men will find what they need to be whole without losing everything else in the process.

4.5 Poison Apples

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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