ARC Review by Annie: One Bullet by Casey Wolfe

30694359Blurb:

When Ethan Brant was shot, he found himself dealing with severe PTSD and unable to do his job as a police officer any longer. With the aid of Detective Shawn Greyson, the man who saved his life, Ethan not only finds himself again but discovers love as well.

Shawn’s life growing up was less than ideal, however, he overcame that to become who he is today. That doesn’t mean he isn’t missing something in his life. What Shawn hadn’t realized, upon first meeting, was that Ethan could give him all that and more.

One bullet changed both their lives.

Goodreads / NineStar Press / Amazon
Release Date: March 27th

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An ARC of this was provided by the publisher

Pretty covers are a weakness of mine. I usually try not to choose books solely on the cover, because I’ve had bad experiences with that before. But when I saw the cover for One Bullet I just had to request it. The cover is just gorgeous so I was hoping the content would match. Spoiler: it does!!

Ethan and Shawn’s story captivated me right from the start.
As the blurb tells you, Ethan was shot and as a result he has to deal with a severe form of PTSD. One of the things that triggers them is when he’s too close to other cops. And Casey Wolfe really doesn’t waste any time to get us into that part of the story: One Bullet starts with Ethan having a panic attack because two cops stop him. He tries to tell them his name and to radio it in because there are special orders, but they don’t listen. In a panic he takes off to try to get away.
Shawn, the officer who saved Ethans life that night and who also was there for him afterwards in the hospital, hears of the incident over the police radio and – because he’s witnessed Ethans panic attacks before and therefore knows what to do, how to best approach him and calm him down – rushes to the subway station where his colleagues have arrested Ethan. He’s able to help him calm down and ultimately accompany him to the safety of Ethan’s apartment.

Shawn isn’t completely unaffected either by the events that led to Ethan’s PTSD and he feels protective over the younger guy. they grew closer while Ethan was recovering and have formed a bond over time.

Something I was a bit worried about when I started this was, that – as is often the case in stories with police officers and detectives – there’s a gfy-storyline that completely erases even the possibility of bisexuality. I was happy to find out that this is not one of them.

Another thing I really liked about One Bullet was how Casey Wolfe handled Ethan’s PTSD. Before reading this I read another book with a character dealing with PTSD and the way the trauma was handled in that book was completely different.
Throughout the story Shawn is considerate and careful of Ethans condition. He motivates Ethan to try new things in therapy, encourages him and even accompanies him to a session when Ethan asks him, but he never once pushes him or decides what Ethan should do. It’s always Ethans decision what he does and doesn’t want to do. I really enjoyed that.

The developement of their relationship felt natural and had me spellbound. The way things went from *friends* to being *boyfriends* was cute. They just realised their feelings went deeper than friendship and that was that.
I really couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out how they’d get to their happy end.

I’d definitely recommend this one and I’m looking forward to more from this author.

Genre: Contemporary Orientation: Bisexual Orientation: Gay Pairing: M/M Publisher: Nine Star Press Review Tag: Friends to Lovers Tag: Illness / Injury

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