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As a person who lives with BPD I feel so excited and validated that someone has finally written a multi-facted, genuine and - most importantly - main character who lives with BPD.
Micah is an excellent character, written with EM Lindsey's characteristic empathy and sensitivity. I cried a couple of times because I felt so seen.
As far as the story goes, there is a lot of relationship and internal angst for Micah and Ryan. They have such complicated lives already, but love doesn't always wait for an invitation.
The prose is excellent as always. I've read so many books by this author and I never feel like they've reached their peak, so it's so great to see this standard continued.
You'll enjoy this book if you have read the rest of the Iron & Works series, you live with BPD or Bipolar or have a chronically sick child in your care, or if you just really like your MC's to fight for each other despite the obstacles.
I received a copy of this book from the author and have chosen to leave an honest review.
I have mixed feelings about this book. First of all I only sort of vaguely remebered the other books in this series. That being said i felt familiar with the "world" of this book. I actually found this book rather emotional throughout (and this is a huge positive) but I can't say I really warmed to either main character, there was just something frustrating about their reltionship as a whole; it was both SO fast and SO endlessly slow. I honestly found the end a drag. It was honestly such a mixed bag that i'm not sure how to feel but I do know I probably wont remember this book in a few days.
MM, Contemporary Romance with angst and insta attraction. Easy to read and a page-turner, this book is an emotional whirlwind. Ryan and Micah have so much to cope with in their lives and they are both scared of opening themselves up for more hurt. Great story covering some very real and sensitive issues, but done so extremely well. Ideally needs to be read in series order, thoroughly enjoyed reading. Guaranteed HEA.
Loved this new book, feels like the seventh chapter of this wonderful town, it felt like coming back to a favorite vacation place. The amazing stories of the friends and lovers you've come to love and have missed so very much. Meeting Ryan and Micah who are new to Fairfield and I'm glad EM has shared their story with us. So worth the wait Thanks for the bonuses too!!
The story of Micah and Ryan is a worthy addition to the Irons and Works series. Every story, without exception, has enhanced the series, and I am thrilled to learn that there are three more to be published.
I love reading books in this series and books by this author in general. As with the others, this book included MCs who were managing difficult circumstances and who often felt unloved and misunderstood. I had a really difficult time rating this story or reading it without judgment though. I’m a psychologist whose specialty is working with clients with BPD and BP, and I couldn’t help but feel that the MC with these disorders was conceptualized as someone with problems that would never resolve instead of as someone who had treatable issues and who needed to learn skills to manage them. Most therapists in this day and age would recommend DBT, and I wish this character had the hope that comes with getting treatment designed to reduce his symptoms. I love working with this population, especially because the treatment outcomes are usually so good. I’m not saying that a person is necessarily “cured” with DBT, yet a character as smart as the one in this book would likely be more functional than he was often written to be. The key to understanding why a person with BPD does what they do is to know that what we may see as problematic behavior is actually being used by the person with BPD to *solve* a particular problem. I just wish that Micah had been given the opportunity to feel that he wasn’t held hostage by his diagnoses. Otherwise, this was an excellent story that I recommend wholeheartedly.
This can be a standalone, but you'll miss out on understanding the other characters and their histories so far. I've read the series, but it had been a while and I wish I had reread the series to refresh my memories of the group.
EM writes real life situations and complications well, and with a sensitivity not found in other books. This is not a beach book and it's not a typical romance. Real life interferes at every step, every _half_ step! and these men must deal with it. Reality isn't swept away, it's in your face and demanding attention. Their story doesn't start all sunshine and roses. Given their lives so far, that would be something neither one of them would understand or trust. This gritty, down-to-earth, tale of two similar men finding one another, deciding to expand their worlds and let one another in, finding someone they can depend upon when everything else isn't, will touch your heart and make you cry. 4.5 stars
Micah and Ryan are such a welcome addition to Fairfield! Filled with Lindsey's usually heart and steam, it's wonderful to have another story set at with the folks at Irons and Works.
Micah's baggage comes with baggage - from a crappy childhood to an unpredictable adulthood, he's finally found a home at Irons and Works. His friends-his found family-know how to help keep him on an even keel and ensure he knows he's loved and supported. Ryan's a single dad to a sick daughter who can't see past her needs and his job. He allows himself one night a week off and, during one of those nights, he meets Micah.
While the connection is quick, the men have to fight hard for their HEA as they learn how to give each other what they need to be happy.
I always like how this author doesn’t make disabilities, whether mental or physical, a character quirk that is touched on briefly and then ignored for the rest of the story. She shows the reality that’s while you are not just your disability, it is a big part of your life that can’t be ignored or “cured” by love. I relate to Micah very strongly, since I have bipolar II, ADHD, depression, generalized anxiety disorder. I feel Micah was well portrayed, especially his fear of being too much trouble and hassle. And for me, that never fully goes away. I am always worried that I am secretly hated, or one day it will all be too much and my husband will leave. His love doesn’t cure me, but he is there for me when I need that reassurance every time.