Monday, August 12, 2019

Digging Deep by Jay Hogan - Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway

Length: 340 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Design: Kanaxa


A Digging Deep Story

Drake Park has a complicated life. As a gay male midwife, he’s used to raising eyebrows. Add Crohn’s disease and things get interesting—or not, considering the sad state of his love life. Experience has taught Drake that most men are fair-weather sailors when it comes to handling his condition—gone for dust when things get rough. Staying healthy is a full-time job without adding in any heartbreak, so a little loneliness is a small price to pay. If he says it often enough he might even believe it. One thing for sure, the cop who arrested him isn’t about to change that.

Caleb Ashton does not have a complicated life. A senior detective with the Whangarei Police Department, he likes his job and is good at it. He works hard and plays hard, happy to enjoy as many men as he can while he’s still young enough—or at least he was. These days he feels adrift for the first time in his life, and the only thing sparking his interest—a certain prickly young midwife.

But can Drake find enough faith to risk opening his heart again? And does Caleb have what it takes to cope with the challenges Drake’s condition presents?

4 out of 5 stars
Digging Deep is the first book in a new contemporary m/m romance series. This book contains a graphic scene of a medical trauma involving a pregnant woman and her unborn child.

This book features a gay male midwife, and the hottie detective who arrests him. Of course there is way more to the tale than that. Drake, our midwife, also suffers with Crohn's Disease. This plays a rather big part in the book because it's a disease that completely affects and takes over your life and lifestyle. It also shapes how he deals with Caleb, the hottie detective, who's very interested in him. I'll be very clear that there are extensive mentions and scenes of Drake dealing with his Crohn's Disease. It is a major part of the storyline, but for some readers it may be too much of the storyline. Particularly how it causes Drake to deal with Caleb and the world around him. 
Digging Deep is also filled with snarky best friends, coworkers, and family members who give both MCs a lot of s**t when they're being stubborn. This lightens the story considerably from the deeper aspects of Caleb's job, Drake's health, and also his job as a midwife. I absolutely adored Carmen/Daniel, and even Drake's interactions with Aaron, his best friend. Their family members add another dimension to the book also. I wish there'd been a bit more with Caleb's family but it was okay without it, too. 

Overall this was a good, just a deeper/heavier read, then you might want for a summer pool read. However, it's well worth the read because this author is definitely one to keep your eye on. 

Jay Hogan is a New Zealand author writing in m/m romance, romantic suspense and fantasy. She has travelled extensively and has lived in quite a few countries. She has a BA degree in Nursing and in Theology, and in another life, she was an Intensive Care Nurse, Counselor, and a Lecturer.

She is a cat aficionado especially of Maine Coons, and an avid dog lover (but don’t tell the cat). She loves to cook- pretty damn good, loves to sing - pretty damn average, and as for loving full-time writing -absolutely… depending of course on the day, the word count, the deadline, how obliging her characters are, the ambient temperature in the Western Sahara, whether Jupiter is rising, the size of the ozone hole over New Zealand and how much coffee she’s had.

She has complex boys telling stories in her head that demand attention and a considerable number of words to go with them. Their journeys are never straightforward and even surprise Jay. She does her best to plot things out ahead of time but those pesky characters seem to have a mind of their own. Go figure.

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