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Strong Medicine

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  214 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Two men who meet in a psychiatric institution couldn’t possibly find happiness together—could they?

The world seemed to be telling disgraced former child star and singer Cameron Fox that he would never be happy again. A drunken car accident gets him sentenced to a work-release at Riverbend Behavioral Health Facility.

Reclusive, traumatized writer Jonah Radley has an enti
ebook, 278 pages
Published May 11th 2016 by Wilde City Press
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Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-book-reviews

"Love could be a dangerous thing between two people who weren't free. Jonah had his illness and Cameron had his family. They were two people who should never be together, but the universe kept throwing them at one another."

This was not an easy story to read and by the time it ended I was exhausted. But at the same time, it sucked me right in and I had trouble putting it down.

Cameron, child-star and famous singer, is sentenced to a work-release at Riverbend, after the drunken car acci
A fantastic start and a good ending but the middle let this one down. This should have been a 5 star read for me, it's one of those books that gave me goosebumps when I started reading it. I've read it and I still can't comprehend the absolute horror that Jonah endured as a child at the hands of an evil, sick, twisted and perverted adult. I don't even think horror is a strong enough word.

However, I felt the middle of the book just dragged a bit in places and the romance and slow sizzling burn th
4.5 Stars

​​Strong Medicine is the second book by JK Hogan that I've read, and I must say, I love her writing! Her characters are well drawn and flawed and real. It's just so refreshing to just be able to relax into a story and just go on the journey with the characters. This is a fairly long book, too, but it did not feel like it, to me. I found myself so immersed in the story, I didn't even notice the time pass.​ I was also surprised that though the book has some angsty elements, I did not feel
3.5 stars

This could've and should've been a five star book. Two broken characters who had their childhoods taken away from them.

There's bad parenting and there's unimaginable, horrific parenting.

So how can these two end up being good for each other? They click. They connect. They give each other strength. They both strive to be their best selves for the other.

Like I said, this should have been a five star book. I almost overlooked my first niggle (view spoiler). But t
Kaje Harper
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book has one of the most broken characters I've met in M/M, but the things that happened to Jonah as a child are not quite the standard abuse tropes of M/M. Still, close enough that this needs a big trigger warning on it. Jonah survived his bad times, and has managed to reach adulthood, but he's deeply damaged and circumscribed by what he went through.

Twice a year, his panic attacks and hallucinations begin to crowd him, until he reaches the point where even his reclusive life as a writer
Wow - I started the book a few times (probably got to the second chapter) and it didn't grab me, but when the story took off, it took off and left me hanging on for dear life.

Cameron Fox, former child star and lead singer in Foxfire (the family band managed by his asshat of a father), has a drunken car accident and ends up sentenced to a one-year work release program at Riverbend Behavorial Health Center, where he meets Jonah. Jonah voluntarily commits himself at Riverbend about twice a year whe
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
-Re-read January 2018-
I still feel the same about this as the first time I read it. It's a good book, but I constantly had the feeling it could have been more.


3.5 stars

This was quite good, but I did feel as if something was missing. I can’t quite put my finger on it though.

Cameron has been sentenced to help out in a mental health center after a DUI arrest. He needs to help out for a year and also join in on group therapy. Cameron knows it’s for the best, so he tries to make the
**4.5 stars**

I've always said...the strongest people are those who have overcome the biggest obstacles.
This was very well written. I was really drawn in. The MCs were so sweet together. The mental illness was believable. There was abuse but it was prior to the story. Just a great book.
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't know how to review this book, I really liked it but Trigger Warning's for severe mental illness but chronic warning for severe childhood mental abuse

It's a dark story and might be pushing it for some but not me.
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt

Not having read a book by Ms Hogan before it was definitely the synopsis (well, and the cover, because that’s just fabulous) that drew me in. I’m so glad I picked this book up because it’s one of those where you get really excited about discovering a new author. I love her writing style, it’s intelligent with beautiful phrases and a wealth of vocabulary. I got lost in J.K. Hogans words and just enjoyed traversing the highs and lows of a touching, tender and very emotional journey of two men, Jon
I am in love with this book <33333!! THIS is why I am so stingy with giving books 5 stars ... it's so I can rack em' up and give books like this one a gazillion of them <333333333!! *Looks at book and throws stars at it* - Take all my stars, take them <3333!!!

I keep saying I'll add my thoughts at a later date and you HAVE to trust me here in that I will ... 100% ... absolutely <333!! I have SO much to say, all of it gushing and adoring <
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, arcs
ARC received from author via Indigo Marketing And Design in exchange for an honest review.

4,5 stars

I am a sucker for deeply torn, broken characters who struggle to make sense of themselves and the world around them. This book certainly delivers that, and it did remind me in many ways of Nicola Haken's fabulous 'Broken'.

Jonah has pretty much given up on himself. He has withdrawn from the world, mentally and physically, living as a recluse in a small cottage in the middle of nowhere, accepting his
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This is the first book that I've read by this author. I had a bit of a tough time getting into it and I struggled over the first few chapters but boy am I glad I persevered, something happened around chapter 3 or 4 that drew me in. I became involved with Jonah and Cameron and their stories.
I think getting Cameron away from his family had something to do with it. Suddenly he was a much nicer character, compassionate, kind and thoughtful rather than immature and whiney.

Jonah hurt my hea
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-romance, read-2016
4 stars – Strong Medicine is a riveting read about the effects on two people’s lives that were essentially taken away from them at some point in their childhood and them finding an appropriate impetus for taking back control. This is my first exposure to J.K. Hogan’s work, and I enjoyed the journey.

Cameron Fox is a 27-year-old former child TV star turned lead singer of his family’s popular teen-targeted band, Firefox, until they kick him out after getting into a car accident caused by him drinki
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4.5 Stars

You can be crazy but only on the inside..

This book sucked me in and I had trouble putting it down. The topic was difficult but also it was so well written I felt like I was living it.

I adored both characters. They had incredibly different upbringings but they found each other at the perfect time and helped to heal the past.
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I KNEW this book was going to tear me into shreds. I have a thing for completely "broken" boys. I my heart BROKE for Jonah. From the minute he came on page I knew I was in love with him and I knew he'd break my heart.

Jonah is suffering from a mental illness that even his 3 therapists have a hard time diagnosing. But, he's trying, and does a biannual "vacation" at the Riverbend Behavioral Health Facility. Speaking of his therapists...
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I loved how he was "honest" with his therapists. If he
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, m-m
Strong Medicine is the best book I have read so far in 2016!! It is not a Bubble Gum happy story, au contraire, we mostly found ourselves navigating between darkness and brokenness. I also want to give a fair warning that this story might be sensitive for some people. It is dealing with mental illness and childhood abuse, if those elements are triggering some intense emotional response from your part, you might want to pass up this book. It is a tough read, it taking us in the heart of 2 broken ...more
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
-4.25 stars-
This was really good. Only my second read by this author, but so far I have enjoyed both, so I think it's time to go grab a few more.

we have Jonah, a 23 year old author, who has suffered greatly over his life time, stemming from something horrific that happened to him in childhood. he was never gotten the help he needed when he was younger, and now has recurrent and severe mental health episodes. Jonah checks himself in to the behavioural facility twice a year when these episodes co
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I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

DNF @49%

I'm kinda disappointed with myself more then the book. I've tried to read this for the past two days and I just kept thinking that I didn't like either character. Not in the romantic sense, or personally either. For me, I need to connect with the characters and both guys just wasn't doing it. I really like this author, and I love her writing. She wr
ARC received from author via Indigo Marketing And Design in exchange for an honest review.

I’m not sure where to start with this one other than to say that I loved it. This is far from light hearted and the slow unveiling of Jonah’s past will have you engrossed from the beginning. Cameron escapes a jail sentence after being caught DUI and his alternative is to work in an institution for people with mental health issues, forced to go through therapy while there. It is during this time, that he enc
Riina Y.T.
I absolutely loved this book and its characters!

Mental illnesses do fascinate me.

Jonah and his hallucinations and traumatic past really got under my skin.

I have to admit, I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading this :)

Highly recommended.
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a very particular story between Cameron and Jonah, two guys with a very different past. Cam is the front man of Foxfire, a pop group made up of Cameron and his siblings, with the aid of their overbearing stage-dad-slash-manager, and because he had the best singing voice, Cameron was lead vocals and guitar. But nothing is like it seems. Cam is also well-known as Kyle Chase (view spoiler) ...more
Daniel Mitton
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
(Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews with a copy provided by the author / publisher for an honest review.)

The minute I read the blurb on this book, I added it to my request list at Love Bytes. Not only the blurb, but the cover grabbed me. I’ll admit it, I’m a cover guy. I’ve bought more books over the years based on a covers than on blurbs, so a good one catches my eye immediately! I’m not sure how I managed to get this book, since Donna has reviewed all the works from this author in the
Morgan  Skye
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, 2016
Cameron is what I would call a “B” list celebrity. He WAS a child star and now he’s in a band with his family and they are fairly popular but not “big stars”. When he gets a DUI the judge gives him a year of working at Riverbend, a psychiatric home as work release (at his father’s request). To make matters worse, Cameron’s dad kicks him out of the band for having a “bad image” and Cameron suspects that this image is not the DUI but the being gay.

Jonah is a voluntary resident at Riverbend twice a
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bgirls, mm, ebook

4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.

What a wonderful story this was. Two guys each suffering for different reasons from the results of their upbringing find each other and click in ways that help each other heal.

First, we have Cameron, a young man who was a child TV star who then became the front man for a band made up of his siblings, all managed by their controlling father. Losing his mother (and the only one who knew he was gay), coupled with the pressures of his family obligations, sent him
Caroline Brand

This is my second JK Hogan book and to say I enjoy this authors writing is such an understatement. There is something very intense in the words she puts on page and this was especially true in Strong Medicine.

Two superbly real, flawed and extremely broken characters that desperately try to carve out a piece of happy in their dark and imperfect lives – welcome to Cameron and Jonah’s story. Prepare for the inevitable book hangover when you finish this one, they take
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
4.5 Stars

27 year old Cameron Fox, a former child-actor and frontman for his families pop band, Foxfire, is sentenced to a year long work release program at Riverbend behavioral Health, after he causes an accident while driving under the influence.

23 year old Jonah Radley suffers from disassociation and hallucinations, caused by a childhood trauma. He checks himself into Riverbend twice a year, to keep himself safe. Jonah agrees to therapy, but refuses to tell the doctors what happened when he w
J.R. Barten
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

While the language was beautiful and descriptive, I wasn't engrossed in this story immediately. However, that soon changed, once each character's life unfolded. Their current and past lives are not easy to take, and J.K. navigated through with thoughtful dialogue, depth of character, and a bit of humor.

Mental illness is often a difficult subject for me to read; I suppose stories like this one hit a little too close to home, but I a
Elaine White
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: divine-magazine
Book – Strong Medicine
Author – J.K. Hogan
Star rating - ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 278

Cover – Really nice!
POV – 3rd person, past tense, dual POV
Would I read it again – Yes. With a lot of tissues.

Genre – LGBT, Contemporary, Medical, Mental Health

Reviewed for Divine Magazine

Wow! What can I say? I loved everything about this book.

When it started, I'll admit, I found it a little strange to be introduced to Cam first, then to flashback
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars

When I started this book one thing was obvious within the first few pages. The author is an excellent writer and she has an incredible ability for descriptions and for setting the mood. Unfortunately, as the book progressed, these qualities worked against me because there were so many amazing descriptions but so little interaction between the main characters.

The issues of mental illness as presented in the book are both mind numbing and devastating when imagined in real life. I've nev
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J.K. Hogan has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, beginning with writing cast lists and storylines for her toys growing up. When she finally decided to put pen to paper, she found her true passion. She is greatly inspired by all kinds of music and often creates a “soundtrack” for her stories as she writes them.

J.K. resides in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and their

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