Jan 16

5 Drops for LOVE MEANS… ENDURANCE by Andrew Grey, plus #Excerpt

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Title: Love Means… Endurance 
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: a Love Means… story 
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 16th, 2015
Length: 200 pages 
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Together for over ten years, Geoff and Eli built a fulfilling life. Their love and support helped raise their adopted son. Their hard work and dedication grew their farm from raising cattle and boarding horses to expanding into therapy riding sessions. Surrounded by a loving circle of friends, Geoff and Eli couldn’t ask for more. Until driven Eli loses his energy, and the doctor gives them the dire diagnosis of cancer.

Caught up in never-ending doctor’s appointments, surgeries, and treatments, their world turns upside down. With so many people dependent on them, they must pull together to put on a brave face, continue living as best they can, and care for their family. Geoff fears Eli, the love of his life, while a fighter, may not endure this battle, but neither is willing to consider succumbing as an option.

In the newest installment of the Love Means… series (one of my top faves, in case you didn’t know, lol) Eli is ill and when the diagnosis comes in, it leave Eli and Geoff reeling. Geoff lost his father to cancer in the very first Love Means… book, so this had him not only dealing with his fear for Eli—while trying to take care of their son, Jakey—but also dredged up all his past loss and pain from his father dying 14 years ago.

Love Means… Endurance is sweet yet powerful, painful yet hopeful, and all around wonderful. We see closure of a kind for some of Eli’s past, get to see how big their family is—because family is not who you are related to by blood, but who your heart connects with (something Eli needed to be reminded of, I think Smile )—and you get to see just what’s important to these men and their lives. Work continues on the farm even as hospital visits, child fears, and love is tended.

This is a wonderful addition to the series and a sort of full circle, IMO. Love in sickness and in health is the oath in marriage, and while there’s no legal wedding, it’s still the guiding heart of these two wonderful men. I loved every minute of this story, even as I wanted to beat Andrew for putting my boys through the ringer… again!

Thank you, Mr. Grey for such a wonderful read (and re-read, as I’ve already reread it once, lol). I’ve always wished I had an Eli of my own… now I have to want a Geoff of my own too Winking smile

If you love tender romance, heart-wrenching trials, and all that is wonderful about love, then this is a MUST READ! Run and grab your copy today.

Jakey was at the kitchen table with his math book open, working on his problems, when Geoff came in. He looked over Jakey’s shoulders as he worked. Since Eli had freed him of the burden of showing his work, Jakey was filling in the answers one after the other, and they were all correct. They definitely needed to speak to his teacher. It didn’t take Jakey long before he held up the page for Geoff to look over. It looked good to him. He nodded, and Jakey closed his book and put it in his school pack.

Geoff went to his office. It wasn’t necessary for him to listen as Jakey called Mark and Juan to ask them over.

Robbie was busy working at his desk, headphones over his ears. Geoff knew he was listening as a computer voice guided him. There was also an embosser attached to the computer so Robbie could print out what he needed in Braille. He and Robbie had worked together for years, and Robbie had a real knack for coordination and detail. Most people, when they arranged for lessons or classes, had no idea that Robbie couldn’t see. Geoff went to his desk and got to work. He sent Robbie a message to tell him that Jakey would be in to be paid and how much. It seemed dumb to text when they were in the same room, but it allowed Robbie to stay focused, and he’d listen to it when he got a chance.

On weekends he tried to be done in the early afternoons so he would have time with the family. He’d been working about an hour when Jakey rushed in, breathless.

“Robbie has your money,” Geoff said.

“Daddy,” Jakey gasped. “Papa fell in the barn. Uncle Joey said to get you.”

“Is he hurt?” Geoff asked as he stood and came around the desk. Robbie had taken off his headphones and was listening.

“He fell and isn’t getting up,” Jakey said, and Geoff heard the panic in his voice.

Geoff told Robbie to call 911, then took Jakey by the hand, and they hurried out of the house together. As soon as they hit the yard, Jakey took off, and Geoff raced after him.

The moment he stepped into the barn, Geoff saw Eli on the floor. He was moving, thank God. Joey was next to him.

“I’m okay. I just got dizzy and….”

Geoff knelt next to him and cradled Eli in his arms. He was white as a sheet, and cold.

“Go get a blanket from the house,” he told Joey. “Robbie is already calling for help.”

Joey hurried away, and Geoff heard Jakey start to cry. He held Eli against him and put an arm around Jakey to try to comfort him.

“I’m okay,” Eli said, probably to both of them, but Geoff wasn’t buying it, and it seemed neither was Jakey. Joey returned and handed him a blanket. Geoff wrapped Eli in it and held him as Eli began to shiver. He wasn’t okay.

“Papa,” Jakey cried, and reached down to hug Eli as Geoff held them both.

“I’m going to be okay,” Eli whispered. “Daddy is going to help me go see the doctor.”

“Will you get a shot?” Jakey asked and rubbed his arm slightly.

“I don’t know.” Geoff felt a chill go through Eli. There was most definitely something wrong. This was no case of being tired or overworked. This was serious. “But if I do, I’ll make sure they give me a Band-Aid with Ninja Turtles on it, like the one you got.” Eli smiled. Geoff knew he was trying to make Jakey feel better but wasn’t sure it was working. Jakey clung to both of them. “I need you to be a big boy for me. Can you do that?”

Jakey stopped crying even as tears rolled down his cheeks.

“Good. Please go in the house and sit with Adelle. She’s going to be worried and will need you with her.”

“Adelle?”

“Yes. Go tell Adelle what happened and sit with her. Okay? Please. I need you to do that for me.”

“Okay,” Jakey said but he didn’t let go of either of them for a while. Then he stepped back, turned, and raced out of the barn. Geoff heard him calling for Adelle from outside.

In the distance Geoff heard sirens and hoped like hell help got here soon. Out in the country, emergency services could take a while. The fire departments mostly arrived in time to save the basement, and ambulances were often slower than driving to the hospital yourself. He’d begun to wonder if he’d made a mistake calling when the sirens got louder. A minute later an ambulance pulled into the drive.

“I’ll go tell them where you are,” Joey said and hurried out of the barn. He returned not long after with two emergency personnel carrying a gurney.

“What happened?” the first one asked as he knelt near Eli.

“I got dizzy and fell,” Eli answered.

“He’s also been shivering and seems weak. This hasn’t happened before that I know of.” Geoff turned to Eli, who shook his head.

“Okay,” the paramedic said and began working on Eli. Geoff helped the paramedics get Eli on the gurney and then reluctantly let Eli slip from his arms. While one paramedic took Eli’s blood pressure and pulse, the other asked him for personal and health information. Geoff answered all his questions without taking his eyes off his Eli. He couldn’t—his life and happiness rested on that gurney.

“We’re going to transport him,” the paramedic finally said.

Geoff nodded and watched as they secured Eli and wheeled him out of the barn, then carefully slid the gurney into the back of the ambulance. “We’ll be right behind you.” He stared as the EMT climbed in and the other closed the back and hurried around to climb in. The siren wailed, lights flashed, and the ambulance pulled out of the drive onto the road and screamed away.

Geoff’s knees nearly buckled right there.

ANDREW GREY grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.

Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing). He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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