Monday, February 3, 2020

Sanctuary (Wrecked, #1) by Kelly Fox

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What's the first rule of running a gym for combat vets? Enjoy the scorching hot scenery, but get your kicks somewhere else.

Never mind that my cousin-slash-business partner ignores that rule every chance he gets. I don't ignore it. Ever. And frankly, between Grindr and living in one of the gayest cities in America, it's not exactly a hardship.

Hell, it's so easy, I can do it on one leg.

That is, until a pair of blue eyes swimming with vulnerability shows up at my door, looking for a job. He's too skinny, too mouthy, and way too young for the likes of me, but he pings that protector instinct in me, hard.

I want to fix whatever put that lost look in his eyes, but to manage that, I'd have to do the one thing I said I'd never do.

Break my own rules.

Sanctuary is an MM military romance featuring hurt-comfort, found family, and a gym full of ripped men wearing tight shorts lifting heavy objects.

My Rating - 5+ Stars!

Kelly Fox's Sanctuary, the first book in the Wrecked series, is an amazing read. 

It's a wonderful tale that sucked me in from the start. From there it only gets better. I love, love, love it. Thus the 5+ stars.

The author delves into the struggles that veterans experience upon returning home. In a caring and compassionate manner, she explores the ways in which both the mind and body are altered. This book illustrates the plight of homeless veterans, including the difficulty to find a bed at night and the troubles with finding a job.

Nick is the owner of a gym that caters to veterans. This idea is fantastic, creating an interesting background for the series. An ex Navy Seal, he is an amputee who doesn't let his loss define him. 

Elijah, an ex Marine who's struggling to keep himself clothed, is luckily hired as a gym employee. He's been alone forever, is without a home, and desperately longs for a family and a place to belong. He's brilliant with his ideas for the gym and has the perfect personality to help the clients. He's truly a bright light for Nick's gym.

In this extremely touching story, Nick and Elijah are stellar together, each full of strength to lift the other up. They're two men who have both suffered during their military service, leaving each of them with their share of self eesteem issues. 

The author also explores transphobia and the problems that trans people face. This is a fantastic addition to the story, and I can't wait to read more about this in the rest of the series.

With a superb writing style, the storyline is complex, fluid, and includes plenty of heat. The dialogue is flawless, as the author clearly excels in written dialogue.
The characters are extremely well developed, fully coming alive for the reader. They are both compelling characters with an intense connection. Adding to the fun, the author includes some amazingly intriguing secondary characters, all of whom need their own stories told. 
Sanctuary is tender, sensitive and emotional. Kelly Fox impresses in this tale of two men finding themselves again, all through the strength of love. The storyline is as riveting as it is deep. It's romantic, flows magnificently, and includes some surprises. It's perfect when you're looking for your next hurt/comfort read. It's beautiful, full of character growth. And best of all, there are more books in this series to come. I, for one, can't wait!

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