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Change of Address

(Hartsbridge Island #1)

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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  257 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Air Force sergeant Michael Baldwin wanted nothing more than to escape his family’s political ambitions, but his dream of freedom was shattered by an enemy bullet to the head. Two years later, he and his service dog, Kaylee, resist his father’s demand to join him on the campaign trail—where a photogenic “wounded warrior” is always an asset—and instead return to the family’s ...more
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Published October 24th 2016 by Riptide Publishing
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Gigi
Hurt/healing/comfort! Ex-military! Service dog! Hat trick!



Michael is an ex-Air Force sergeant who took a bullet to the head and is now permanently disabled. He has severe PTSD and trouble with his memory and spacial awareness. His service dog Kaylee helps sooth his panic attacks and function in everyday life.

Looking to start over, he moves to his childhood vacation home on an island in New Hampshire. Ther
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BWT (Belen)
Change of Address is a sweet, slow and steady romance with a really nice, healthy helping of hurt/comfort.

The hurt/comfort comes from Michael Baldwin finally getting his life back together after the last couple of years in the hospital and in outpatient treatment physical therapy. Determined to start over again Michael's moved to his family's summer home on Hartsbridge Island with his German shepherd service dog, Kaylee, and caught the eye of local business owner, Josh Goldberg.

I really lo
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Ami
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John The Cosmic Wanderer
This book has so much potential. From the MCs, the service dog and the setting was even perfect but it didn't work. No connection between the MCs and this issue with Michael's dad could've been explored further to give the story an extra umpph. It was just an ok read.
Ije the Devourer of Books

3.5 Stars

A gentle romance about two men who manage to find each other despite their vulnerabilities.

Michael has returned home from the army with PTSD and a need for refuge and peace. He finds this refuge in his family home at Hartsbridge. Together with his service dog Kaylee he hopes to piece his life together and find a life for himself far from his father's political campaigning.

Josh helps his father with their family's bagel business. He has dyslexia and ne
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Barb ~rede-2-read~
ARC provided by the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an impartial review.

This is a sweet story starring two sweet MCs, both of whom have a communication disorder, one with speech and one with reading. It’s hard to find anything to dislike about either of them, and their romance proceeds along in a fairly uneventful way, certainly not with the angst and conflict I expected with one being the son of the state’s governor who happens to be gathering his political forces for a run toward the White House
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Anke
Nov 23, 2016 rated it liked it
It's one of my 3* reads, meaning not much to say about it. It was nice enough, although a bit much about the dog - title could also have been 'My service dog and I'.

Chris, the Dalek King
A very low-key romance, but still one I enjoyed quite a bit.

I will say though that I ate like five bagels while reading this book. It is a horrible, horrible enabler.
Angela
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a nice story with nice main characters who had a nice courtship and a nice ending. If you like nice, this is for you. For me, I'm okay with nice, per se, but I think I went in expecting the story to be a bit edgier. Michael was an injured soldier and I guess I was wanting him to be....well, edgier. I went in expecting to read an angst-filled story filled with lots of hurt with even more comfort, ready to have my heart a mess as I read a highly emotional story. Instead, I got a nice story that ...more
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Java Girl's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Jordan S. Brock is a new to me author and I don't think I could have picked a better book for an introduction to her work than Change of Address. This gay romance featured two men, both broken in their own way. While there was some sex in this book, there was a slow build up to it and it wasn't the focus of this book. The focus was these two men finding a way to be together despite their issues, finding acceptance in one another, and fo
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Jules Lovestoread
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. See my full review here: http://www.thenovelapproachreviews.co...
Shane
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book but I would've liked to had some more back story on Michael and Josh. Michael struggles with ptsd and he with the awesome Kaylee come back, after 10 years away, to the island. They come across Josh at his family bagel shop and the slow burn begins. They have some bumps but this was such a sweet story, how could it not be, it's set in one of the New England states, I've always romanticized that entire area! Loved Joshs dad and the unconditional support and love for his son. Neit ...more
Didi
3.25 stars

The first book of Hartsbridge Island universe, Change of Address was a slow-paced and sweet story of two characters with disability, grappling to live a normal life. This is my first Jordan S. Brock's book and I considered this a somewhat success debut. With a couple of notes.

What I liked was the characters: former Air Force Michael, Bagel maker Josh and his father, and - of course - Michael's service dog, Kaylee. Dad - or Mr. Goldberg - was easily the most awesome parent any
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Christi Snow
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
My Review:
Whoa...this book was so much more than I expected and I loved that. It's always a risk when you pick up a new author, but this risk was a good one. I do really enjoy this author's voice. It was an extremely readable book with a very sweet romantic story. I fell totally in love with Josh and Michael.

Josh grew up on this small island. He and his dad run the local bagel shop. He's used to the comings and goings of the rich tourists. His family is a big NYC Jewish family.
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Shirley
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure what I expected, but Jordan S. Brock delivered so much more. I adored both Josh and Michael almost from the moment they were introduced. They were both as strong as they were admirable.

There was so much love from me for Josh and Michael that it was absurdly easy to detest both Governor Baldwin and anyone associated with him. So much more than you get in the description, as if that wasn't enough. The son that he practically disowned because of his choice to join the milit
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Juxian
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military, ptsd
4,5 stars.
It is such a sweet, lovely book, a perfect comfort read, especially after something emotionally draining. It is not light and it is not superficial. Just a very gentle, romantic and at the same time realistic story of two people slowly finding their way to each other. It's awkward sometimes - just like it is in real life, with all those insecurities people have: does he like me like me or is he just friendly? How do I ask for his cell number? Why doesn't he answer my text in, like, fiftee
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Aerin
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, arc
When you want to love a book and you're pretty sure it's going to be great (because...wounded hero and service dog!!!).....only to be left disappointed. Here's the thing: this book had the recipe to be a total success but it didn't live up to its potential.

Michael's character was nicely written and I feel like his PTSD, anxiety and depression were pretty accurate and researched. BUT... this book was supposed to be a romance between two men, and Michael's strong relationship with his
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Claudia
I loved this sweet book so very much!!!
I'm already missing Michael, Josh and Kaylee!!!!❤❤❤
This book is one of those that you don't want to see ending...
A great read!!! huge 5*
Hart_D
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What a beautiful book, definitely a new favorite for me. Michael moves to the town where he once vacationed with his family to start a new chapter of his life, and he meets Josh, who runs the local bagel shop with his dad. There are a few dramatic moments, but the book is mostly made up of quiet, domestic scenes, with lots of immersive details about these characters' daily lives.

I wanted to read this book because of the service dog, and she plays a big role. She's very important to M
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Laure Nepenthes
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet, comforting read! I really identified with one of the MCs, Michael, and I was so happy to see him find a place where he could be loved and accepted for who he is. He has a service dog, Kaylee, who is always with him and a character in her own right. I really liked that.
Christy
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, arc, on-my-kindle
4.5 Stars ~ If there's one thing I'm familiar with in this world, it's the concept of comfort food. I'm a firm believer that it can definitely reduce stress and anxiety, give a much needed pick-me-up, and make your hurt and pain take a backseat, even if only for a while. I loved it that Josh and his dad own a bagel/deli shop on this island community in New Hampshire. It's hard to find good bagels outside of New York City and Josh's recipes come straight from Brooklyn and his bubbe. That's also where ...more
Devan Huff
Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I received one copy of this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review. This review was first posted on Nautical Star Books

Change of Address by Jordan S. Brock is a slow and sweet gay romance featuring Michael, (wounded warrior), his loyal service dog, and Josh, bagel shop owner extraordinaire. And while there were a lot of things I loved about this story, it lacked a certain oomph to it that would have really grabbed my attention.

Michael is the son of an up and coming politician
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Veronica of V's Reads
This review was written for Joyfully Jay Reviews, and can be accessed here: http://joyfullyjay.com/2016/11/review...

Michael Baldwin is a retired Air Force sergeant, a wounded veteran who barely survived a bullet to the head. After two years of therapy and learning to manage his agoraphobia and anxiety with the help of a service dog, he’s ready to live on his own—in the sheltered community of Hartsbridge Island, New Hampshire. There, Michael can stay off the radar of his father, the Governor. Closeted, and wishing for a stable
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Joyfully Jay
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: veronica
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars


I really liked watching their courtship unfold. The added tension of Michael’s demanding father was interesting, as well. Josh and Michael are both sweet guys and they complement each other in personality and skill sets. Josh is embarrassed regarding his lack of education and Michael supports him without shame. Michael struggles with simple tasks in public, like talking to strangers—or even loved ones—and Josh give him the space and quiet reassurance he needs to un
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Morgan  Skye
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, reviewed
Jordan S Brock is a new to me author with what looks to be a first full length novel (as seen in GoodReads.) When you take that into consideration, this is a really good first start.

It has several elements that appeal to me: PTSD (hurt/comfort), body image (Josh’s), a guide dog!, standing up for one’s self (Michael), learning disablilty (Josh), mixed religion couple, aphagia (Michael), bi-sexuals (Josh) , small town, and bagels! It’s kind of a lot though, and I think a focus on one o
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Beebs
Injured veteran Michael is slowly recovering from a serious injury and is managing quite well with the help of his service dog. Wanting to get away from his father and his political machinations, he decides to go and live in the family's summer home. Josh is working in the family business and having difficulty persuading his dad to expand.

When these two get together, it's really sweet, Josh supports Michael and Michael does wonders for Josh's confidence. Throw in Kaylee, the wonderful service d
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Lisa The Novel Approach
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars ~ I’ve got to lead with Kaylee here, you guys. Michael, our ex-Air Force sergeant and wounded vet, has a service dog named Kaylee, a lovely, smart, amazing German shepherd who basically steals every scene she’s in. I completely loved her and all of the fantastic ways the author showcased the different ways in which service dogs can help people. I’ve read things about service dogs and therapy dogs before, of course, but never in this manner, or where I felt so connected to the relationship b ...more
ButtonsMom2003
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Audiobook review
Overall 4
Performance 4
Story 4

I enjoyed this one a lot.

This is the first book I've read/listened to by Jordan S. Brock and I liked it very much. The story was very good and held my interest throughout the 8+ hours I listened to it.

Both Michael and Josh are very likeable characters. Michael joined the Air Force against his father's wishes and was medically retired after getting shot. Michael isn't out to his family and his conservative fat
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Suze
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5*
An engaging well paced character driven story about two men who have to overcome obstacles in their lives.
Character only plots are not my favourite but this one did grab my attention and kept me interested in the story.
Michael has the biggest obstacles - learning to live with the consequences of a shooting whilst serving in the air force, years of recovery and now able to survice on his own with the help of his service dog. Perhaps the focus being on Michael and Josh didn't
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Gavin Stephenson-Jackman
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Change isn't easy but sometimes it's necessary. Michael needs a change to help his recovery from a brain injury suffered in combat. With his support dog Kaylee he's moved to the family summer home for some peace and quiet while he adjusts to civilian life and dealing with people again. Josh is a local boy who runs a local bagel shop with his father. Josh's life changes the moment Michael walks through the door of the shop.


Michael's father is the governor and in the middle of an
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