A review by kaje_harper
Silver Scars by Posy Roberts


A realistic look at a man whose life was blown apart in one explosive moment, and who has to work to find a way forward. Gil was a family lawyer who took on a case with a violent ex-husband - a man crazy enough to try to blow up his ex-wife's lawyer. Gil survived without severe injury, but with visible scars on his head, and deep PTSD that forced him to give up his job and move home with his mother. He's been trying to get back his independence for the last 2 years, with the help of a good therapist (and yay for professional therapy for a damaged character). When he travels to Minnesota for his new low-stress job, he meets an attractive man who seems to have a charmed life. Until that handsome, bright colleague picks up his cane, and Gil finds out it's not a fashion accessory; it's a very-needed physical prop.

Keith was in the wrong place when a gang kid in Florida fired a gun. He's been dealing with the physical trauma to his leg ever since. He understands how a moment of hurt can become years of struggle. These two guys really get each other, and in one night together they connect on an emotional and physical level. Then, from 1500 miles apart, they text and Skype, and slowly decide that this was more than a one-night hookup. But for a guy like Gil, with his PTSD, moving and finding a job that pays an independent amount, and feeling whole enough to be in a relationship, isn't easy. And Keith's leg isn't healed yet. Or maybe ever.

There are a lot of good things about this story - most notably the realism, the obvious research, and plausible feel of these two men's issues. They move slowly, and steadily, toward their happy ending. For all its slow progression, their relationship was a bit idealized. The degree to which these guys consistently and patiently put each other first was lovely, but made for a less dramatic story. They understood each other, and acted on that understanding, in very mature ways.

More sweet and steady than emotional for me, this book is a good low-key antidote to stories where a gunshot wound is an hour of inconvenience, or where love heals trauma.