Miguel is a bike loving tattooist with injuries and scars after surviving a house fire in his teen years. Amit is a femme Deaf bartender who returned home from college to help his mother and sisters after the death of his father. He’s out to friends but not his family so he’s not living the true, authentic life he wants.
This is another wonderfully written book by EM Lindsey about acceptance, family and chosen family. She once again proves her excellence by writing about a persons physical and mental abilities in her usual caring, sensitive manner.
Miguel’s and Amit’s story captured my heart from the start, it flowed along perfectly and I read it in one sitting. They are both complex characters with complex lives and are so easy to love. Their chemistry together is explosive so the heat level is high. After a few bumps along the way, they get their HEA. Characters from previous books in the series play a major part offering advice and support but this can be read as a stand-alone although I highly recommend the whole series.
This is the last full length novel in the Irons and Works series by E.M. Lindsey. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the people at Iron and Works. As someone with multiple chronic illnesses that affect every aspect of my life, I have adored the way E.M. Lindsey has written these characters. Amit, has been around since the very first book. I was so glad to properly, get to know Amit, to watch him stop denying himself what he wanted, and needed from life. His struggles with his family, what they expected of him and what he thought he owed them were entirely believable. Miguel is a wonderful character. Watching Amit & Miguel come together, and allow themselves to be real and happy in who they were together and individually was beautiful. The insight into cultures other than mine, be it deaf culture, or Pakistani/Punjabi. I’m always glad to revisit the Irons and Works world, where there is found family, genuine understanding of the reality of chronic illness, and disability, and genuine, complex love stories.
We finally get Amit’s story after seeing snippets of him throughout the series and this book did not disappoint. Miguel was a wonderful addition. I usually lean towards liking one mc more than the other and with this book I was expecting that to be Amit but Miguel’s character pulled on my heartstrings and I ended up enjoying him more than I thought I would. I was pleasantly surprised at the way a few aspects of the story turned out. The heart of this story is about learning to accept all the parts of yourself and it was lovely to watch as Amit and Miguel came to terms with that and find their HEA.