Length: 340 pages
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?

🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.5 stars
🔥🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 4

From the initial meet-cute, through an emotional rollercoaster of a journey. I found this story touching, authentic, real and poignant.

This story has angst, miscommunication, heat, pain, first love and the perfect amount of sass, sarcasm, and humor you can’t help but laugh along or roll your eyes as the case may be!

Jay has created a wonderful family of mismatched characters both, main and secondary, you can’t help but fall in love with. From sexy and caring cop Caleb to spiky and snarky Drake to the ever dramatic and dangerous Carmen, to the not Korean but totally Korean mum, Alison, all this book’s characters are just fantastic!

I loved Caleb and Drake’s journey and found the very real-world aspects and devastation they had to face made the story that much more authentic. I loved the back and forth between these characters and the use of humor and sarcasm to get through even every day, was balanced perfectly throughout the whole story. The Crohn’s aspect was thoroughly researched and I enjoyed the authenticity of getting to know this disease and what sufferers face. I loved Drake’s courage and growth, and Caleb’s strength and “staying power” and felt their connection grow. I loved the feelings generated throughout this story and the incredible truth that sometimes someone can just come into your life and turn your life around, someone that just changes your life, sometimes you have to fight for “the one” and when you’ve found your person, there’s no question you would fight to keep them! I loved the connection and bond these characters have and their mismatched family to boot!

I would like to note an important spoiler of sorts/reader warning:
Unfortunately, I didn’t come across any reader warnings at the start of this book but I would like to warn my fellow readers that this book contains late-term miscarriage and is done so authentically it is confronting and devastating. As a fellow miscarriage sufferer (and human being) this was a very hard (but important) part of this story and it definitely broke my heart, I feel a warning is necessary.

Even with the evident devastation, I loved these characters and their very unique journey. My first read by Jay and definitely not my last! I also have to say I loved her New Zealand humor as it can be so close to Australia, I just had to love it more!!


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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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