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Godsend by [Johnson, Sloan]
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You can’t choose who you fall in love with. Despite assuming from a young age that he was gay, Scott Murphy couldn’t imagine life without Shelly. He threw away the label he'd stuck on his sexuality and had eleven amazing years with her, but now, he feels even more lost trying to figure out how to move on after Shelly’s death. After nearly a year of watching Scott fade away, Shelly’s father forces him to start living again.

As much as Chris loathes the idea of attending a bereavement group week after week, it’s one of the only places he can go in this town, other than the bar, to not feel so alone. When there’s nothing to distract him or dull his senses, he spends too much time obsessing over how he should have been able to help his sister. When Scott shows up at his group session, Chris decides that maybe some good can come out of his sister’s death.

There’s no denying that Chris is the first man to catch Scott’s attention in a long time, but how can he move on when just thinking of Shelly sends him to his dark place?

The road to recovery won’t be an easy one, but Chris is determined to help Scott see that life is still worth living. But before Scott can allow himself to admit what he feels for Chris, he knows he has to reveal the full truth about Shelly’s death.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1508857865
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00T708C54
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4.0 out of 5 stars Warm & Heartfelt Story 17 March 2015
By Lisa C - Published on
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The opening pages of this story completely knocked me out. I cried so hard that honestly I couldn't breathe. There's a reason the author does this. I get it now. She was trying to make us passionately feel the reality of death and the dignity of dying by your own terms. When loved ones are terminally sick, not only are they dealing with their own emotional and physical pain but also the pain of family and friends who can do nothing but watch helplessly until they've taken their final breath. But in the end, it's the living that are left to grieve and suffer and try to pick up the broken pieces.
Scott is failing miserably at even trying to attempt to have a life after the death of his wife, Shelly. Being forced to attend berievement counseling by his father-in-law, Scott meets Chris, a therapist who has also suffered a huge loss. The attraction is there. I know what you're thinking ~ no, this isn't a gfy situation. It's explained perfectly throughout the story. Scott and Chris wind up in each other's lives due to Chris caring for Scott after an accident. I loved the banter, the caring, the support, the healing, the passion, the uncertainty and the love between them. The supporting characters gave a nice amount of depth to their story as well.
Now, the only thing I didn't like was Scott having these conversations with Shelly and vice-versa. It actually made me feel uncomfortable. I felt like "uh, whoa girl, shouldn't you be in heaven or something?" This was the kind of book that got better the further you read. I loved Sloan Johnson's writing style as her chapters flowed flawlessly from one to the next. I found myself falling so hard for Scott and Chris ~ they were just THAT likable. I can not wait to read more from this truly talented author.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From heartache to forever 25 February 2015
By Paige Turner - Published on
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I liked this take on a MM romance. Chris and Scott were able to find each other through pain and heartbreak. The beginning of the book wrecked me. I admit I had to skim a few lines due to my emotions getting the best of me.
eventually, I was able to get it together and enjoy the book.
While I liked the book but had a bit of an issue with Scott and Shelly's relationship. It came across as besties forever rather than true love. I didn't understand why he was pining away for so long.
I also thought they seemed a bit younger then what they were. I read it as though they were in their mid -late twenties but they were in their late thirties.
That being said it didn't stop me from liking this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must READ book with powerful subjects 12 February 2015
By Jaime_Alpha Book Club - Published on
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This book is not only about loving someone and being their everything, this book talks about a very hard topic..letting go. The Death with Dignity act is still very much a controversial topic, this book gives you the view of the spouse left behind..along with some "afterlife" commentary from the deceased spouse. Loving someone doesn't mean only in good times, sometimes loving someone includes loving them enough to help them let go.

A very emotional book. 5 stars for the deep topics, emotional bonding, happy ending and the awareness spread through this book!

A must read for all!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 14 September 2015
By David Bond - Published on
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I can't remember how I got a copy of this book the first time, I think it was one of the freebies or someone loan it to me. But after reading it I had to do something. I deleted it from my Kindle and then I purchased a copy of it to own myself because I thought it was just that good. I don't leave to many reviews for books but when I find one that I truly enjoy I have to do so. This book gave me a "A Walk to Remember" vibe but that's a good thing because that's one of my favorite movies of all time. And this book is now one of my favorite books of all time. I recommend it to anyone! I'm doing reviews on different sites so that it can help promote the book, yes I loved it that much.

The characters were amazing and well written. The author did a great job telling the story of it and she has a new dedicated follower in me. I've followed her on all social media and I'm planning on reading more of her work because this was amazing. There were parts in the book that made me upset, parts that made me want to cry out of sadness, and parts that made me want to just cry because the love the characters all had for each other. To me that is a true book, one that can make you go on an emotional roller coaster. Again I highly recommend this book and I praise this author. You my dear are amazing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Emotional Read... 18 February 2015
By Bea LaRocca - Published on
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Godsend begins from the perspective of Shelly Murphy, a terminally ill woman, in her mid-thirties, who had married her best friend despite knowing for years that he was attracted to other men. Unlike most couples in this situation, Shelly is in no way Scott’s beard. These two people are deeply in love and have shared many years together as best friends, lovers and partners. Despite admitting to himself and those closest to him that he’s attracted to other men, Scott has never acted upon that attraction and has spent his life with the woman that he loved.
After Shelly’s death, her spirit continues to watch over her loved ones as they deal with their grief and loss. Scott’s grief spirals out of control and he even contemplates suicide at one point until Shelly’s father, in an attempt to keep the promise that he’d made to his dying daughter, helps him begin to pick up the pieces of his life. He drags Scott to a grief-management group that he’d been attending himself, which turns out to be the best thing that he could have ever done for his son-in-law.
Scott meets Chris at that very first meeting and their attraction for each other is instantaneous although it takes them quite a while to admit that truth to one another. Chris is also grieving for his sister Jill who had taken her own life. Several set-backs and misunderstandings plague this couple as they begin the long process of healing while they’re trying to get to know each other. It doesn’t help in the least that Scott is an extremely difficult character. Emotionally volatile, he goes from pushing everyone away, to almost unforgivable rudeness to being clingy, whiny and needy. Despite these decidedly undesirable character flaws, his erratic behavior is understandable given his personality traits, life experiences and the soul-deep grief that he suffers from.
Will Chris be able to see the best in Scott despite these flaws? Will he be able to break down the walls that Scott instinctively puts up to shield himself from more hurt? Will they each be able to overcome their grief and learn to live again? Read to find out!
There were so many things that I liked about this story that I’m not even sure where to begin. Usually the first thing that I’ll mention in a review is whether or not the story is well written and this one most definitely is. Excessive typos, stilted or unnatural dialogue or poor sentence structure can really detract from an otherwise good story, but there was little to none of that in Godsend.
Description and characterization are also very important to me as a reader that enjoys being able to visualize the setting and to become emotionally invested in the characters. Ms. Johnson has earned aces all around when it comes to this as well. My heartstrings were definitely tugged from beginning to end with this one and I became teary-eyed on several occasions while reading.
Last but not least, I have to say kudos to Ms. Johnson for being brave enough to take a different approach. I can’t remember ever reading a story quite like this one before. As romance authors, we are hard-pressed to come up with something new and different. There are literally millions of romance stories out there and they seem to always follow the same basic themes, but Godsend is something quite different. This story addresses the sensitive issues of suicide and Dying with Dignity or assisted suicide, and it also takes an in-depth look at the grieving process and the emotional highs and lows which can last for quite some time for many people.

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