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Friday, January 15, 2010

Physical Therapy by ZA Maxfield

Physical Therapy by Z.A. Maxfield
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (152 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by: Fern

When Jordan Jensen moves to St. Nacho’s he has one goal in mind: starting over. He wants to reconnect with best friends Cooper and Shawn yet is uncertain of his welcome. He has the skills to get a job, but isn’t sure any prospective employer can get past the time he spent in jail for alcohol-related vehicular homicide. He’s past the worst part of his life but knows it will haunt him forever. So Jordan plans a life of quiet service. One thing he knows for sure: finding love is entirely too much to ask.

On the first day of his new job, Jordan meets Ken Ashton. Ken has every reason to hate Jordan for his past and only one to seek him out: Ken's baseball career was shattered in a drunk-driving accident. But for some reason he can’t explain, Ken needs Jordan’s touch and finds healing within Jordan’s warmth and strength. Jordan wants to give Ken everything his new partner needs.

Without entirely understanding it, Ken and Jordan develop a powerful emotional and erotic connection, but Ken must help Jordan find the faith to trust it. Unexpected help comes from the people of Santo Ignacio--and the town itself--a place where Physical Therapy can be a path toward spiritual healing and powerful, passionate love.

Physical Therapy is a touching story about facing your past in order to start anew.

When the story begins, we meet Jordan. His life was once a wreck, but he’s trying to put the pieces back together. Out of jail after serving time for vehicular homicide, he’s removed the vices from his life that clouded his mind and blocked out the world. After moving to St. Nacho’s to reconnect with old friends, he lands a job at the local gym. Things seem to be falling into place until he meets Ken; a man whose life was changed when he was nearly killed in a car accident by an intoxicated driver.

When Jordan and Ken start up a friendship, and an attraction develops, they learn there are two sides to everything. The weight of guilt and despondency is something they share, but for totally different reasons. Jordan can’t move past the death he caused, even as it’s made him a better person, while Ken can’t accept the new, albeit markedly different, life he’s been given. That in itself is the beauty, and paradox, of Physical Therapy. Though different, both Jordan and Ken are the same in that they have been given a second chance to live.

I haven’t read the book preceding this (entitled St. Nacho’s), but fully intend to. Author Z.A. Maxfield writes emotional scenes beautifully, and by sharing experiences via the voice of Jordan, it’s as if he’s taking you on the journey with him. There is plenty of angst and heartache, and the characters are people you invest in and care about. I couldn’t stop reading this story, and didn’t put it down from start to finish.

If you love a love story full of heart, be sure to put Physical Therapy on your TBR list.

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