[Review] Heal by E. M. Leya

About the book

Heal
(Save the Kids #3)
by E. M. Leya

ebook
Publication Date: January 24th 2019

Beau always dreamed of being a doctor, and despite his family’s disappointment, he followed his dreams, becoming a well-known pediatrician. Working in the emergency room he’s faced the worst that society can do to children.

Parson lost his best friend to suicide after foster care failed her. He vowed that he would be the change the system needed and give children the chance that his friend never had.

When a severe case of sexual abuse brings Parson and Beau together, they find they share a passion to make a difference, focusing on helping to show the abused children that not everyone in the world is out to hurt them.

That’s not the only passion they share, the more time they spend together, the stronger their relationship becomes. The chemistry between them is undeniable, and for once, they’ve found someone who isn’t only out to take what they have to give.

But like any new relationship, there are secrets between them, ones so big that it could break them apart before it really gets started. It’s only the determination to save the kids that pushes them forward, making them both see, that despite their pasts, the future can be brighter, and together they have twice as much to offer than they do alone.

review
I read Heal the day it came out and I also wanted to review it on that day but sadly I couldn’t find time to do so because of one of my finals in college. I originally wanted to wait with reading it after my finals but I couldn’t possible wait for that. I have no patience whatsoever.

So here is finally my review.

I really, really liked the previous two books Pain and Secret (highly recommend!) and wasn’t quite sure if Heal would work for me because in Pain and Secret the MCs were both part of the active part of the team while Beau is more on the passive part of the team. Color me surprised but I liked it. Not as much as Pain or Secret but that’s not because Beau’s on the passive part but for a different reason. I’ll get to that in a second.

I’ll name the positive things first really quick because I always seem to forget to mention the good aspects. It’s just so much easier to write about the bad things for me.
Positive thing #1: the writing style sucked me right in from the very beginning.
Positive thing #2: I’m always a sucker for good team dynamics and I absolutely adore the STK team.
Positive thing #3: I love that not every sting of theirs is a total success. I hate reading books where everything always works out to plan.
Positive thing #4: I absolutely loved Parson, he might even now have to share the number one spot with Xander.

So… let’s get to the not so positive things for me. I’ll go ahead and tell you that I’m giving this book 4 stars but I’m a bit of a nitpicker so bear with me.

The first thing I wasn’t much a fan of was Beau’s and Faith’s relationship. I loved that he was a mentor for her but the whole bff thing was a bit weird for me. I’m sure those relationships can be found in real life, there was just something that made it a bit cringy for me, for example the talking about Beau’s sex life.

My next point contains a spoiler so read at your own risk. *SPOILER* The whole forster care thing I liked but Beau decided after knowing them for a week that he wanted to adopt them just because. They haven’t even lived with him by then, they were still in the hospital. Admirably but kinda fast. Also he pretty much told Parson after the first date that they should get married. Holy moly, that man really moves fast. I loved Beau and Parson together but still. Slow down, Beau, just a bit. *SPOILER END*

Last but not least it’s just something I noticed and if I’m wrong let me know, please. Did Parson ever tell Beau why he decided to work in the field he chose? I mean like we as the reader know, hell, even the people who only read the synopsis know this but does Beau actually know? Did they ever talk about that? Beau told Parson his story but did it happen the other way around … I’m honestly not sure. I’ll need to check and re-read the book again but first I’ll need to finish my last two finals. *sigh*

Okay, nitpicking’s over.

I absolutely can’t wait for the next one and the wait won’t thankfully be that long. It’s supposed to come out by the end of February. Yay, nice birthday present for me.

Rating: 4 stars

Interview with E.M. Leya

1. Tell us something about you. Who are you? What books do you write?

I’m a single mother of a beautiful daughter who lives in Utah. I’m a recluse but when I do venture out it’s usually to the mountains or some quiet spot. I love the outdoors and was raised on a very large ranch.
As for the books I write, I write a little of everything romance. I have Christian romance, erotica, LGBT romance, and good old MF romances too. If an idea comes to mind, I write it. I refuse to be stuck in one genre.

2. What’s the latest book you’ve written?

The latest book I’ve written is Secret. It is book two of my Save The Kids Series and deals with a group of vigilante pedophile hunters who help to save and rescue kids while making vile perverts pay for their crimes.

3. Anything you want to share about your upcoming book(s)?

My next release is Blinded. It is book 3 of my Terrin Pass Wolves series. It’s a story about recovering from a violent attack and learning to trust and love. It should be out the end of April.

4. What’s your biggest struggle while writing?

My biggest struggle is staying focused and not getting distracted by social media or other things going on around me.

5. Any favourite drinks or snacks you need to have while you’re writing?

Coffee! I drink a lot of coffee through the day. More than is probably heathy. I also suck on cough drops and other hard candy as I write.

6. How do you come up with the ideas for your various series?

Ideas come from everywhere. The idea for the STK book came from watching pedophile hunting groups in the UK. While they stay within the law, my mind took things a bit farther for the books. I love to people watch and come up with ideas all the time just watching people around me.

7. Anyone who inspired you to pick up writing or was that something you always wanted to do?

I’ve always been writing. I started in about seventh grade and haven’t stopped. I have files of old stories I wrote in high school. It took years to get the courage to publish, but writing has always been in my blood.

8. Any tips for new writers?

Stop listening to others tell you how. Stop worrying about the rules. Let the words flow. You are probably better than you think, and you are overthinking. Get the words out and go from there. You can edit a mess, but you can’t edit a blank page!

9. Are you planning a new series in the future?

I don’t have any new series planned as of now, but I do have a few hundred stand-alone ideas that I will be working on. I’m going to push to do more MF romances along with the MM romances I’m more known for.

10. Any writing goals for 2018?

To continue to write and bring the ideas to life on page.

11. What is one word you are using way too often while writing and have to edit out? (Mine are ‘quite’ and ‘though’ when I write reviews)

Actually, pushed, pulled, breath are the words I have to watch myself on.

12. When you’re not writing, what do you love to do?

I love to swim, read, hike, camp, I’m a dooms-day prepper, and I love to travel and show my daughter the world now that she is old enough to enjoy it.


 Random questions that I came up with while on the bus to university:

1. If you could have any type of superpower, what would it be? Any reasons why?

I’d love to fly. I think it would be amazing to see the world from high above.

2. If you could go on vacation anywhere, regardless the cost, where would you like to go?

Israel. I’ve always wanted to go there and see the Holy Land.

3. Water or soda drinks?

Both. I love both. I drink too much soda and not enough water, but if I had to pick one favorite drink it would be coffee.

4. Popcorn buttered or salted, or even sweetened (which is the normal type here in Germany, we don’t have buttered, and rarely salted)?

Extra butter, no salt. I love greasy buttered popcorn.

5. What countries have you visited or want to visit?

I’ve been to Canada, Mexico, Jamaica so far. I would love to get over to the UK and also Israel.

6. Do you speak a second language? Or do you wish you could speak a second language, which one would you like to be able to speak?

I am fluent in Sign Language, speak Navajo, and some broken Spanish.

7. If you could pick one animal from a zoo to keep as a pet, what would it be?

An elephant. I’ve always loved them.

8. Are you more of a sneaker or high heels type of girl?

I don’t own a single pair of heels. Sneakers all the way if I have to wear shoes at all. If I can get away with it I go barefoot.

9. What’s your favourite colour of nail polish?

I don’t wear any, but I love how greens look on others.

10. Favourite season: spring, summer, autumn or winter?

Spring is my favorite when everything is new and fresh.

11. What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

Coffee!

12. Favourite fruit?

Apples. I can make so much with them and have them so many different ways.

13. What was your favourite subject in school and what was your least favourite?

History was my favorite class. I’m still a huge history buff. The class I hated and still hate is math!

About the author

My name is Emma Marie Leya aka E.M Leya.

I live with my daughter and my pets in Salt Lake City, Utah. When I am not writing, I’m an avid swimmer with a passion for the mountains. I can often be found playing outdoors.

Writing has been a major part for my entire life, only recently did I take the time to fine tune and publish my work so others might enjoy it.

My main interest is writing Gay Romance and I am active supporter of the LGBT community.

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In case you are interested in my review for Pain, the first book in the STK series, here it is.

[Review] Pain by E.M. Leya

About the book

Pain
(Save The Kids #1)
by E.M. Leya
ebook
Publication Date: December 12th 2017 by E.L. Publishing

When his daughter is kidnapped, Matt’s life screeches to a halt. He would do anything to get his daughter back, but first he needs to find her. When the police exhaust all possible leads, Matt does the only thing he can do — he uses his hacking skills to infiltrate the dark web. Torn, he desperately hopes he finds a lead on his daughter among the heartbreaking details he comes across, yet prays she isn’t one of the countless children being victimized for thousands to watch.

Xander is a tough, bearded, tattooed pedophile hunter, working for a team who takes down some of the most dangerous people in the country. He doesn’t have time for love or relationships, at least until he meets Matt. Xander’s never let anyone get close, but there is something about Matt that draws him in, and it’s more than just concern for his daughter.

Xander and Matt come together explosively, both searching for a distraction from the darkness they face, but what they didn’t expect were feelings to form. Matt finds himself leaning on Xander and his team for support, while doing what he can to help them find and protect other children from the darkness creeping into their world, never once giving up hope that they’ll get a lead on his daughter.

One phone call threatens to change everything, and when faced with a new reality, the two of them must decide if what they have is worth fighting for. What they need to realize is, sometimes finding the one person who calms you can make it all worthwhile.

review

I wasn’t quite sure if I should write a full-length review for Pain or Secret (the second book of the Save The Kids series). In the end I decided to go with the first book, Pain, because that is normally the book you start a series with, right? If you’re not me, that is. I, of course, started with the second book first, like usually. I don’t know when I finally will be able to pick up the first book in a series first. Maybe it will happen someday. But because of this, I can always tell you if a book is readable without needing to read the other books of a series. Both, Pain and Secret, are perfectly fine to be read as stand-alones.

I will say that this series isn’t for someone who’s squeamish and doesn’t want to read violent scenes, there are some here. Child abuse is also talked about, but the actual abuse happens off page.

I really liked the writing style and the dynamics between the characters. Also poor Faith, she was so strong and I loved her relationship with Xander, I loved that guy, don’t judge me 😉

I also loved how Xander and Matt’s casual relationship slowly drifted off to a serious relationship without them even noticing at first. Those two were cute.

I will definitely pick up the third book in the series, if there will be one. I sincerely hope so. No idea what characters it will be about though, maybe Dyson and a new character?

Rating: 4,5 stars