Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Different Kind of Pain

Title: A Different Kind of Pain
Author: Summer Graystone

Publisher: Indie
Publication Date: June 30, 2015

5 *'s

There was just something about them, about the couple in the picture. An ad for a caregiver for a beautiful woman ― a woman who was dying. Though Melia’s sass and rough-around-the-edges attitude meant she couldn’t take every job out there, she should’ve been able to handle this one. There was a problem though ― a big one. The dying woman’s husband, Luka. Those brilliant, haunted eyes of his… did something to her. They were the kind of eyes a girl had no defense against. Maybe she could take the job ― but she wondered if her heart could. Falling for a man she could never have ― and should never have ― was simply wrong, no matter how right she knew it would be. Sure, she needed the pay… but there was a whole lot more at stake here than money.

For Luka, life had become one thing ― waiting. For a cure, for a miracle, for the end. For the one that Susan was convinced would be coming, Of course, he didn’t really believe it, that the plan his beloved wife had cooked up would ever really work. But if she wanted something, he’d move heaven and earth to give it to her. Even this, no matter how much it might hurt, no matter how wrong, how insane the very idea was. Then with one look at the gorgeous Melia, he allowed himself the one thing he’d never allowed himself to feel, not since that final diagnosis. Hope.

Give me this one thing, she’d told him. Give me this one last wish for my husband before I’m gone. Let me leave him a piece of me ― in the form of another woman, another sub to kneel for him, to obey him. To love him. It didn’t matter how much he argued it, how much he refused ― he knew he’d give in, even on this. For though she might have been his in all ways, bent her will to his, and obeyed him as her Master, she was the one who really held the power ― and always had.

Could this crazy plan really work though? Would Luka be able give Susan this one last wish, something more profound, more precious than he ever deserved?

The one thing that none of them were prepared for though, was that love ― and the selfless giving of that love ― could come at a terrible cost... to the heart and the soul.

Warning: Tissues required with purchase of this book

My Review

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading A Different Kind of Pain. In the first few pages I felt tears threatening to fall. My heart broke for Luka and Susan. I wanted to cradle Susan and mend Luka's broken heart.

Susan has a fierce spirit about her. In the final days of her life she is determined not to leave her sweet husband without someone. She helps Luka choose her in-home nurse without letting on her plan. 

Luka isn't sure how to even begin preparing for Susan's death. He is clinging to her and unsure where to go from here. 

Melia held a special place in my heart upon first meeting her. She was full of sass and spunk. She brought life into Susan and Luka's home. She became apart of their family and stumbled into love with Luka.

On the brink of losing Susan will Luka find love and peace? I wept for Luka and I loved that this story focused more on Susan and Luka's journey. There is limited sex in this story. Instead you get a wonderful story of healing, hope, and moving forward. This is my absolute favorite Graystone story yet and I hope to see more like this from her. When you reach the end of A Different Kind of Pain you'll want to kiss your loved ones and gain a new appreciation for life.