Release Day #Review – On Solid Ground by Melissa Collins

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Title: On Solid Ground
Author: Melissa Collins
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: January 15, 2015


When Jacob “Dax” Daxton returns home from war, he has to fight a new battle – the one to find his place in the world. The man who normally has a clear path to victory surrounded by brothers in combat is suddenly lost and alone. After meeting Beckett Ridge, a bearded tattoo artist, Dax’s journey begins winding down an unexpected path.

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Still reeling from events that shook his foundation, Beck has never been part of anything meaningful. Now faced with responsibilities foreign and daunting, Dax’s broken spirit mends Beck in ways he never even knew he was destroyed.

As both struggle to find balance, they are healed by the comfort they find in one other. On the other side of chaos, they hope to find themselves On Solid Ground.

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I loved this story from the first few paragraphs. While sweet and romantic and hot, Dax and Beck’s relationship is very real, it does not shy away from the two men’s problems or how violent the aftermath of their previous lives can be. Logically, they meet at the worst possible time. Dax is finally back home after four years of service and is fighting his PTSD while trying to discover who he is and to deal with loss. Beck has had to see his sister in rehab again, and is also a new single parent to his niece.

Truly, it’s the best time for them to meet, as the two men obviously need each other. Although both have supportive, funny friends, someone to come home to, someone who really knows them is what they really need above anything else.

What’s interesting is that although things happen relatively fast, the two men spend a lot of time together, they go on dates, they deal with messy situations, so it does not seem like an insta-love kind of relationship, but quite the opposite. Violet, Beck’s niece, and Dax’ service dog, Tonka, are cute and lovable and funny and the way everyone interacts wraps you in a warm feeling of love and home.

Definitely recommend this book!


About the author

authorpicMelissa 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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