Resilient Heart by Annabeth Albert
Published: September 27, 2015 by Annabeth Albert
Genre: LGBTQ+ Contemporary Romance
Army IT specialist Xander keeps his emotions wired as tight as his NETCOM gear, but when he’s seriously injured by an IED, his whole life unravels. Running out of options, Xander must accept help from his ex-friend-with-benefits, Mackey. However, Xander’s had feelings for Mackey for years, and close quarters only complicates his emotions. Further, Xander doesn’t know which is worse: combating his inner demons or dealing with Mackey’s guilty kindnesses.
Mackey’s always kept his emotions close to his chest, but now he’s got a secret that could destroy his one chance with the man he cares far too much for. Both men will have to heal their wounded hearts to ensure a future together.
Xander has only ever known the military life and now without it, he’s at a loss of what to do and how to be useful, especially with a prosthetic arm. He is also suffering from PTSD and he’s clinically depressed which is making him very angry. On top of all of that, Xander has fallen in love with his best friend-with-benefits, Mackey.
Annabeth Albert always does such an amazing job of writing emotional stories where you truly love and feel for the characters and Resilient Heart one was no different. In fact, this was very hard to read because Xander is so depressed and he’s completely given up on himself; it was heartbreaking to see someone going through this and knowing that there are probably hundreds of other veterans in this country that have felt the same way. Xander’s spiral into his final breakdown was so poignant to read and Albert does an amazing job handling his issues. When they finally start talking things through you can see the true emotions both these men are struggling through.
I really loved the epilogue because it pulled the end of the story together and allowed us to read a little bit further into the relationship, especially on some of the big issues that weren’t addressed in the story.
**Reader Safety: Hero with arm amputation and prosthetic; Hero with depression and suicidal thoughts (heavily discussed)
4 stars – it was enjoyable