TITLE: Positive Raleigh
SERIES: Lonely Heroes #5
AUTHOR: Sam E. Kraemer
COVER ARTIST: Arden O’Keefe – KSL Designs
RELEASE DATE: September 17th, 2021
LENGTH: 89,000 words approx.
Raleigh “Nemo” Wallis—
Positive. One word with a lot of meanings—but not all of them are good.
When I remember my time in the Navy as a SEAL, I know one word will define me and shape the course of my life until I die. Loss seems to follow me everywhere I go, but when Benji Hoffman comes back into my life, he makes me rethink a lot of things—mainly…
How can I love him and not kill him?
The memories I carry from my childhood on Knott’s Island are precious to me, especially when life throws challenges in my path. I’m running for Congress at my best friend’s insistence, and someone sets fire to my campaign headquarters, just as my best friend is hospitalized for a major illness. When her brother comes back to the island to see her, I’m that fifteen-year-old kid again, crushing on him even though he comes off cool as a cucumber when I’m around him.
After getting my ass kicked at a quick stop while on the campaign trail, Raleigh Wallis decides to accompany me to keep me safe because of my friendship with his sister. How can I survive being with that man every day and not die of longing for him?
Both men have a desire to make life better for those about whom they care. Can Raleigh overcome deeply rooted fears from his past and let down his walls enough to let Benji in? Who is trying to undermine Benji’s shot at doing the only thing he’s ever wanted to do—make his home state a better place to live? Can they positively achieve their goals together?
~ * ~ Anna‘s Review ~ * ~
Positive Raleigh follows the story of two men who knew each other when they were younger and find each other again later in life. Unfortunately, the circumstances surrounding their reunion are full of trauma and sadness.
Raleigh is a former Navy Seal who comes home after his sister ends up in the hospital. He’s worried about his sister’s health and is also dealing with hatred from his dad. He’s surprised to see Benji, his sister’s best friend and the boy he crushed on, after all these years apart.
Benji is running for political office and having troubles of his own when news of his best friend’s failing health gets to him. He never thought he’d see Raleigh at the hospital when visiting his best friend. He also never thought Raleigh would want to protect him 24/7.
As these two navigate through threats and lies of others around them, their love story starts to bloom. However, will Raleigh’s HIV+ status allow their relationship to go any further than friendship?
This story, and stories like it, are very important to the gay and Poz community. There is a stigma to HIV that prevents people from talking about it and prevents them from seeing those who are positive living mostly normal lives. Advances in medicine have changed the outlook on the disease and with stories like this one, people’s outlooks can be changed as well. Great story!
***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***