Healing by Grace R. Duncan


byGrace R. Duncan

Kobo ebook | October 29, 2014

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Pandemus Chronicles: Book Two

When Duncan stumbles into a pharmacy in search of something to fix his broken leg, he’s surprised to find someone else there. Like the rest of the post-pandemic world, it appeared empty. Instead, he discovers Mark, a former nurse who walked away from his profession after losing too many patients to the virus. Despite swearing he’d never practice medicine again, Mark patches Duncan up over Duncan's protests. He even finds an abandoned house in the tiny town, and they settle in until Duncan heals enough to look out for himself. Much to the chagrin of both, they find themselves caring for each other.

Duncan welcomes it, thrilled at finding someone he can trust. However, he’s well aware of the shadows in Mark’s eyes and understands Mark’s reticence as he learns the story. But as he’s starting to do things for himself again, Duncan realizes he doesn’t want Mark to leave. He’s not sure if can get Mark to let go of his fears so they can stay together and love. But Duncan’s damned sure going to try.

Title:HealingFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 29, 2014Publisher:Dreamspinner PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1632161222

ISBN - 13:9781632161222


Rated 3 out of 5 by from For lovers & haters of post-apocalyptic fic *A free copy of this book was given in exchange for an honest review.* Two men, a fiercely independent ex-librarian and a trained medic left jaded by his work, each struggling to survive in a post-pandemic world, lose their faith in humanity and have learned to survive on their own. A chance meeting has the men cautiously assess each other, when Mark realises Duncan is in need of medical aid, he calls on his nursing experience to help. This read like I was on the set of the Walking Dead, minus the zombies, which was a definite plus for me since I can't get enough of post-apocalyptic fiction. For such a short read the setting was adequately described, however, there is a detachment (from the world not the characters) that is experienced when the story never ventures beyond Duncan's and Mark's interaction with each other - that's not necessarily a bad thing but the post-apocalyptic atmosphere becomes muted and their budding relationship is left being the sole focus of the story. As such the slow burn was very much appreciated and while I did not mind the outcome, the ending did seem somewhat abrupt, leaving me wanting more from the two lovable characters. An easy and enjoyable read for M-M romance lovers. The story is not particularly heavy on the post-apocalyptic theme, so those that aren't fans of the genre shouldn't let it deter them from reading it.
Date published: 2015-08-18