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The Incident

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  46 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Michael Carmac is a small-town cop on the verge of a breakdown. After a split-second decision leaves an innocent child dead, Michael's reality unravels. Suffering from PTSD, he finds comfort in a bottle while struggling to find forgiveness. Fellow officer Bertram Angel offers Michael support, and what starts as friendship turns into something deeper--two men looking to fin ...more
Kindle Edition, 89 pages
Published August 18th 2017 by Fireborn Publishing (first published August 13th 2011)
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Valentina Heart
This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.

Officer Michael Cormac is a man tormented by the past. A split of a second changed his life from the core and made him a broken man. He feels eyes on him everywhere he goes, he's afraid of comments and snide remarks, but even when he is alone in his home, where he should be safe, nightmares haunt him and alcohol numbs the pain.

He is dependent on his friend, Officer Bertram Angel, who is always by his side, wi
S.J.D. Peterson
The Incident is a prime example of how an author evolves and improves their craft. As much as I loved Dutch Boy, The Incident is my favorite to date. Mr. Axelson writes his characters so vividly, that I felt as if I personally knew Michael and Angel. The pain and loss experienced with PTSD was heartbreaking and the healing and attraction between Angel, beautiful. That's not to say their wasn't some awkward or blushing moments, but that is the best thing about this authors books. He makes his cha ...more
T.A. Webb
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Carmac is a police officer involved in an incident - a robbery with a truly tragic ending. His partner, Bertram Angel (Angel to those who know him), tries to keep Michael's head about the dark waters that threaten to take him under. Michael is attracted to Angel, but Angel is straight and it won't go anywhere. Just one more brick in the wall for him.

Until something happens that knocks Michael's feet out from under him and gives him a new reason to pull out of the blackness he has allowed
Weeeee!! I love this hurt/comfort goodie between two police officers. That was my third read and it just gets better every time, so I bumped it up from 4 to 5 stars.

Recommended for my fellow M/M romance hurt/comfort men-in-uniform junkies.
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
3.5 stars

Nice little story, predictable but compelling once it got started. It was the right length pretty much. I didn't feel the plot warranted a novel and I appreciated that the author didn't try to make it one, although the story ended abruptly with an HEA that felt forced. I would have preferred 5 pages being cut off the beginning and 5 added to the end so we have a better idea of how Angel is feeling about the relationship, (view spoiler)
Gale Stanley
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Xavier knows how to get under his characters skin and make them real to the reader. Not a typical sweet romance. I loved it.
Sep 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
The Incident is a powerful read – a book that is full of human drama and extremes of emotion. There is a romance here, and some brief scenes of eroticism, but this is really the story of how we cope with pain and loss.

I won't go into detail regarding the incident in question, except to say it is a powerful image, and definitely explains for Officer Michael's issues, even if it doesn't entirely justify his escape into the bottle. I'm not overly forgiving of characters who use addictions as a cru
Romancing the Book
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, erotica, m-m
Review by Ivelisse: Michael Carmac is a police officer has been living with guilt since "The Incident" where he shot a kid by complete accident. Even though it was an accident fellow officers look down on him and even some people in the community look at him wrong. His partner and best friend, Bertram Angel, tries everything he can to make him get over the guilt. Michael wants Bertram so bad, but knowing his friend doesn't like men he keeps his feelings hidden until one night that includes sinfu ...more
Ronda  Tutt
Xavier Axelson gives a great insight into the symptoms of PTSD as Officer Michael Carmac deals with the accidental shooting of a young boy. The story gives great visualization into the bonding and true friendship between Police Officers Michael and Angel, but an undeniable attraction between the two, an attraction that they have been keeping to themselves because of their past upbringings. However, after all the drama they have been through together and with the help of the shrink, Michael final ...more
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first went to rate this I scored it kinda low. But, that didn’t feel right. It’s been a while since a book had me as twisted up as this one. It wasn’t until I stopped trying to make The Incident a love story, could I truly appreciate its literary value.

Sure, there is a romantic sub-plot, but this is the story of Michael’s road of discovery and recovery. Angel is just a piece of the puzzle. The Incident shakes Michael on a core level. He is a true Alpha personality and mistakes are somethi
Gregory Allen
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my 2nd Axelson book and I have to say, I'm enjoying what I am reading. I won't go into the synop (as people can read that anywhere). What I will comment on is how much I love that Xavier Axelson is not afraid to cross-over into multiple genres. With The Incident, it is more about Michael's internal struggle with a bit of romance built in. Yet I wouldn't call it a romance. It's that way in which he will give us a cop story mixed with a M/M budding romance that draws me into his writing e ...more
Nov 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I started reading it, I had high hopes. Unfortunately, the story didn't develop very well and I found it very frustrating.

I don't know why the author wanted to use the words like "Forkful", or the situations like "blerching" a lot in the story. I found the latter very disgusting.

Another bad thing about the book is that the idea of feeling guilt has been repeated in it for so many times with the same concept. For a short story, I just felt that the author wasn't quite sure how to deal with
Silvia Violet
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story! The characters are so vivid that I could feel their emotions. The writing is tight and the story flows so easily that I couldn't put it down. The tension between Michael and Angel is both hot and romantic. Seeing them together made me sigh. Highly recommended!!
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Reviewed by Joe: Before I begin this review I have to say that Xavier is a friend of mine on Facebook. I had never read any of his work before and was eager to see what his style was like, though I was nervous. What if I didn’t like it? What if his genre and style weren’t for me? Luckily The Incident is one of the most interesting stories I have read in a while and a very unique take on a cop tale. I love cop movies and cop books. I use to train cops in crisis intervention and my father always w ...more
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Incident by Xavier Axelson is one of those books that is tough to qualify and I thought I would begin by just giving you a quick idea of what it's all about. Officer Michael Carmac made a split-second decision while in the line of duty that haunts him. He drinks and the one person who kept him together throughout the whole mess was his partner, Officer Bertram Angel. As time goes by, Michael discovers that his needs for more than support and friendship from Bertram are tougher to hide. But l ...more
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am so glad I came across The Incident. The novella is a painfully vivid portral of a cop suffering from post traumatic stress over killing an innocent boy while aiming at a suspect; such a raw portrayal - but what I really loved about the story is how Michael (the suffering cop) and his partner, Bertram Angel allow their mutual attraction for each other to surface through a friend aching to help his best friend and a tormented cop yearning to rid himself of bad nightmares....I'll definately co ...more
Laura M
Great read! Lots of intense emotion and an interesting story line. The move from friends to lovers feels so right between these guys - it's not too easy, and there are complications, but they enjoy the attraction between them, without all of the over the top regret or big misunderstanding that so often happens in this type of story. I would love to see what happens next.
This is the first book I've read by this author, I will certainly be looking for more.

Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, m-m
A strong 3.5 The Incident is the first book that I have read by this author. The writing style was somewhat unusual in the tone of voice and I think because it was only a short story, I had a difficult time relating to the characters.

It was a very good story but it left too much open ended, in my opinion.
Tracy's Place
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
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