Sam’s self-worth is at a low, between losing a leg in Iraq and the reaction of his recent dates to his disability, but there may be new hope for love.
Samuel Oates returned from the war in Iraq missing part of one leg and much of his self-worth. He’s transitioned from his job as medic to becoming a med tech at the regional hospital. While enjoying his usual noontime hobby of watching hot construction workers at the nearby project, he meets someone else who also enjoys the view. Jorge is a middle-aged mystery but seems to be interested in Sam without the complications he keeps experiencing with other men.
Later that night, Sam discovers his dream construction worker trolling at the local leather bar. Their hook-up leaves Sam with his typical feeling that he couldn’t ever do any better than a quickie. But the next day, Jorge returns and Sam’s attraction to him grows.
Juggling two men and a job he likes, Sam must discover a way to find someone who will meet his needs without feeding his insecurities.
Sam hasn't had the easiest time finding romantic acceptance since returning from Irag minus his leg, they're either amputee fetishes or want nothing to do with him. He's found himself fantisizing about one of the construction workers near his place of work but when he has an opportunity to turn fantasy into reality, is the realtiy all he hoped it would be? When Sam meets Jorge over a shared ogling break he's not too keen at first but then the attraction grows. Will Sam finally find happiness or was he right to limit himself to one night stands?
I have to start by saying how much I loved the author's attention to detail when it came to Sam's job as a lab tech at a hospital. My mother got sick when I was ten so you can imagine I've seen her get many blood tests & IVs in the past 34 years and as a hard stick I've certainly seen our fair share of techs who don't listen to her where the best place to try is but there has also been many wonderful ones too. So hearing Sam's inner thoughts about his job and the interaction with the older patient, Pearl, was not only well written but also a breath of fresh air. So for that alone I want to say "thank you" to the author for taking time to show something not often elaborated on in fiction, it's not a huge part of the story but the realism is much appreciated by this reader.
Now for Sam. I just want to wrap him up in bubblewrap and then crush him in a massive bear hug to let him know he's loved and worth so much more than one night stands and quickies. I understand why he feels the way he does but I wish I could erase that thinking from his psyche but I guess its a case of needing to find it out for himself. As for Jorge, he's just lovely. I can't think of a better word to describe him, some might think too good to be true but really he's just plain lovely. I won't touch on Sam's fantasy man, like Sam has to do, you need to read to find what he's all about for yourself.
Construction is a well written tale about finding that special someone but more importantly I think its Sam's journey into finding himself and his own self-worth. Truth is you might even find out a little something about yourself along the way as well as be entertained. This is my first book by Jon Keys and as often when it comes to new authors there is always a hint of trepidation wondering have you found a winner or just a so-so read. Well, I can safely say I have found a new winner to add to my list and I look forward to checking out future books as well as his backlist.
Jon Keys’ earliest memories revolve around books; with the first ones he can recall reading himself being “The Warlord of Mars” and anything with Tarzan. (The local library wasn’t particularly up to date.) But as puberty set in, he started sneaking his mother’s romance magazines and added the world of romance and erotica to his mix of science fiction, fantasy, Native American, westerns and comic books.
A voracious reader for almost half a century, Jon has only recently begun creating his own flights of fiction for the entertainment of others. Born in the Southwest and now living in the Midwest, Jon has worked as a ranch hand, teacher, computer tech, roughneck, designer, retail clerk, welder, artist, and, yes, pool boy; with interests ranging from kayaking and hunting to painting and cooking, he draws from a wide range of life experiences to create written works that draw the reader in and wrap them in a good story.