Author: Melanie Hansen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page/Word Count: 296 Pages
At a Glance: This book is amazing, though I’m really not sure that word even does it justice.
Reviewed By: Karen
Blurb: Loren Smith has been in love with Eliot Devlin almost his entire life. During their turbulent childhood and teen years, Loren didn’t always understand Eliot, and sometimes he could be a challenge, but Eliot was the only one to ever truly ease Loren’s deep loneliness and accept him. When Eliot’s increasingly erratic and self-destructive behavior culminates in a suicide attempt at seventeen, Loren is devastated.
Upon meeting again by chance nine years later, Loren is enjoying a successful career as a police officer while Eliot’s life has been a constant struggle for stability. In and out of mental hospitals, with a rap sheet a mile long, he continues to be buffeted by the twin storms of mania and depression. Loren’s love and protectiveness for Eliot are deeply ingrained in him, however, and their feelings for each other are quickly rekindled.
Loren has issues of his own he’s dealing with, and trying to understand and cope with Eliot’s bipolar disorder isn’t easy. They believe they’re meant to be, and Eliot brings a fulfillment to Loren’s life that no one else will ever match. But as they both come to realize, love by itself can’t cure all.
Review: I hadn’t heard of Unquiet until I saw an author I follow mention it on Twitter, nor had I read anything by Melanie Hansen before, so I went and checked it out and saw that there were a couple books before this one. I decided to give the first one, Everything Changes, a shot. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t even 50% through it before I ordered the next one, Signs of Life, and then requested this one for review.
Unquiet is amazing, though I’m really not sure that word even does it justice. Now, let me put out there that reading this book is brutal, it’s heartbreaking and emotional, and it’s basically going to tear you apart and wreck you for a while (at least it did for me). But, oh my, is it all worth going through to read this story. It literally hurt to read some parts of this book. Melanie Hansen doesn’t gloss over or try to sugarcoat the struggles that these people face; rather, she puts it right out there and lets you suffer right along with them. But how awesome to be able to look at Loren and Eliot and wish that someone would love you as unconditionally as they love each other, to know that this is something that isn’t going to go away, and to have that one person love and stand by you, knowing that you are both going to go through hell…but at least you will have each other. It really is a beautiful story.
I loved the first two books in this series, but Unquiet is so much more, and I look forward to reading more from Melanie Hansen in the future.
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