There’s a long list of things I don’t handle well:
But there’s one person above everything else I can’t seem to get a handle on.
In short, he’s perfect. The reality, he scares me. He’s the opposite of what I usually go for. He’s bigger. Intimidating. He reminds me of someone I’d ...more
Gah! With everything that Anders had gone through in the past, this book was completely heartbreaking, but still remained mostly full of hope.
My friends already know that stories centered around mental health issues are faaaaar from my favorite trope.
They tend to be emotionally draining, especially when an MC's issues force a sudden, often long separation, leaving the other MC completely gutted in the process. And that's about the furthest thing from a fun read, IMHO.
But in this story, ...more
Books that center around Mental Health are always a bit of a hit and miss for me. This is because I myself suffer from multiple issues, and so I am not always up to reading about it. Sometimes I just like to pretend I am an ostrich...
Other times I don't mind reading about it because it makes me feel less alone...if you get what I'm saying.
Anyways...I usually try not to let my mood affect my rating because me being in a bad place has nothing to do with the book or the story ;)
It can't be read alone, imho. You need to have read Law's story first to have a full understanding of how Anders' life has been one of simply existing for the last five years.
There are trigger warnings, they need paying attention to. Eden Finley deals with some of the harshest forms of mental trauma in this book with a sensitivity that is second to none.
I'm not going to ...more
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I've been pretty excited to get this story since I first read Unwritten Law and met the Steele Brothers. And especially when I saw that spark between Anders and Brody. I knew their story was going to be amazing and I was absolutely not wrong. There was so much emotion and sexual tension in this book that I just about exploded. And I loved all of it.
Anders is a character that hit pretty close to home for me, but I have to say that I loved how Eden Finley depicted ...more
I didn't know what Anders' story would entail but I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I smiled reading his story. It's because the story is about healing, about strength and about defining your own normal. It's about finding your individual happy.
So overall it felt uplifting and positive. Throw in Finley's trademark dry wit and the characters became as endearing as could be.
I really, really ...more
Also, is there anyone like Brody who is that understanding and perfect? I think I believe in Santa more than him.
We found out a little of what happened to Anders in the first book.
Anders is looking for a place to live as Law has moved in with Reade. He finds it very hard to trust anyone because of the trauma he has gone through in his past. Brody offers a place to stay and there relationship begins from there.
I love how ...more
At times, yeah, I found Anders' behavior a little frustrating, but ultimately it was very understandable so I was able to get past it. And real shit like trauma and anxiety and PTSD, all that is all hard shit to deal with and not instantly curable so I knew Anders wasn't ...more
The story was both heartbreaking as well as satisfying at times. Anders has severe anxiety and PTSD due to an assault which almost ...more
I found Anders very intriguing in the first book and I really liked him as a character in this one. His story was very touching. Brody was also a lovely character and perfect for Anders, if not too perfect.
However, I feel that right from the start of their relationship, the emphasis was ...more
This book is all about Anders. Anders was attacked and almost killed by his ex-boyfriend 5 years ago. Now he has PTSD and severe anxiety. He only dates smaller younger guys, but still avoid conflicts at all cost. So he still gets Law to break up with his flings ...more
It's not a dark book but it's not a light one either. It deals with imortant and serious issues, which you already know if you read the first book, but in a way that's not overwhelming.
It gives Anders a voice and follows along in his struggle to overcome his past and have a normal life again, but the vibe is mostly positive about the future instead of murky and ...more
I don't know what to say. I don't think I have anything to say that's going to make sense. Just like Brody.
Kissing my roommate? Dumb.
Doing it again? Super dumb.
Stopping it from going any further? Dumbest dumb to ever fucking dumb.
So dumb that I’ve got no other word to use than dumb.
Anders makes me not smart.
I love Anders and Brody so much. This book is everything I expected and more. I've been ...more
First off, Anders's therapists were horrible therapists. As human beings, they are certainly going to have their own personal opinions about him and what he does and what he should do. It's going to be really hard to get around that to any degree. But ultimately, Anders gets to make his own decisions and he shouldn't be making those ...more
I’m not sure what I feel about Brody and Anders. I’m usually all for sex in my books, and physical intimacy is such a huge issue with Anders that I feel you’d have to have scenes to ...more
I liked some parts of it, and especially the portayal of Anders' PTSD and anxiety disorder was great. I had my issues with Brody, though... the way he found Anders' skittishness (aka the way his trauma shows) "awkward but sexy" and saw his continued rebuffals as a challenge was... uncomfortable and slightly creepy. He does acknowledge that he was in the wrong there at least, but still meh.
Content warnings (which can also be found at the beginning of the book) include: anxiety disorder ...more
Wow, I'm actually speechless and glad that it's the weekend, since I've read Anderson's and Brody's story in one setting. I just couldn't put it down.
This book was unexpected. I need to be honest: I loved the first book, but I didn't quite connect with Anderson until now, after having finished his story.
And what a story this has been. Without getting into too much detail: The author manages to slowly build up a relationship between the two MCs ...more
Unspoken Vow wasn't light, but it wasn't the type of angst that made me depressed for days, either. It was an honest look at how devastating abuse and trauma can be and I thought it was done with great care. Anders' story also shows how mental health can't be 'fixed' overnight and how a strong support network is vital in healing. Anders' journey was tragic, raw, heartbreaking, ...more
I’ll begin the review with appreciation for the author’s note in the beginning. Too often authors gloss over points like this and that has the potential to really take away from a reader’s enjoyment of ...more
Anders is still crippled by a past that ...more
Heat Level: 3.5
A story of hope, growth, and progress.
Wow, what a story! I feel this is a story of hope for those of us who suffer from anxiety, PTSD, and/or depression. Anders’ story is so raw and his condition so real. Eden has written such a real story, it’ll break your heart, give you hope and help you heal.
Anders’ is a DV survivor with GAD, PTSD, and other things and his story might be confronting at times. I really enjoyed the truthful progress of Anders’ conditions and the true ...more
+ Anders means so fucking much to me
+ Important Topics
+ LOVED Anders and Brodys relationship
+ also them individually
+ realistic/amazing representation
+ love is not a cure
+ adored the pacing
+ I just love Edens writing
+ seeing Law and Reed again
+ sex positive
+ love the inclusion of the Therapy sessions
+ honestly... basically everything
+ I am not kidding I adored this so much
- (nope. there aren't any negative parts... I guess I would have liked a ...more
|Turning Pages At ...: Unspoken Vow (Steel Brothers, #2) (M/M Buddy Read) by Eden Finely||37||15||Jul 13, 2019 03:17PM|
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