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When Dr. Daniel Ugarte arrives from Spain to work on the Apache reservation, he meets Jeff Redbear, a Native American social worker, and Sean McCallum, the local sheriff. The men come from three different worlds, and they have little to no common ground until an immediate, unexpected attraction sparks between them.Facing the growing desire is just the beginning of the obstWhen Dr. Daniel Ugarte arrives from Spain to work on the Apache reservation, he meets Jeff Redbear, a Native American social worker, and Sean McCallum, the local sheriff. The men come from three different worlds, and they have little to no common ground until an immediate, unexpected attraction sparks between them.Facing the growing desire is just the beginning of the obstacles they will face: Daniel's past makes him blind to Jeff and Sean’s feelings for him and terrified of standing in the way of their love for each other; Sean has to fight his present worry of not being strong enough to protect the men he loves; and Jeff’s pride and fear of future rejection make him push Sean and Daniel away before they get too close to his heart.But the strength of the love that blooms between them is the worst of their fears, because it will take as much courage to run from it and go on living empty, meaningless lives as it will to fight for the happiness they might never reach together....

Title : Warriors & Healers
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ISBN : 9781615812899
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Number of Pages : 262 Pages
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Warriors & Healers Reviews

  • Jenre
    2018-11-11 01:19

    There were a few things which attracted me to this book. I'd quite enjoyed this author's story in the Games in the Dark anthology and wanted to see whether that quality of writing would be sustained over a longer book; I like m/m/m stories; and the setting of this book - a Native American reservation - was unusual and I was intrigued how that setting would play a part in the story. In the end, this book was well written with the three men being flawed and complex characters but overall the story suffered from trying to deal with too many themes and ideas, many of which ended up being glossed over or forgotten about.The story begins with the arrival of Dr Daniel Ugarte, a Spanish doctor who is taking a few week's secondment from his busy job in Madrid, to volunteer at a clinic in a Native American reservation. The social worker who has arranged the secondment with him is Jeff Redbear. There's an attraction between the men, but Daniel firstly believes he is straight and secondly has an abusive past which has led to feelings of low self-worth. Jeff has abandonment issues as his father died and his mother left him with an aunt and uncle when she moved to the city with his sister. Both men start a friendship with Sean McCallum, the local sheriff. When Daniel returns to Spain, Jeff and Sean start a relationship but it's not long before they realise that they need Daniel in their relationship too.Those of you who don't like angst will not like this book. All three of the men are suffering in some form or another which often leads to them shutting down and withdrawing, causing problems in the relationship between the men. Daniel has been physically abused as a child and as a result still has regular screaming nightmares plus a fear of being restrained. Despite being a successful doctor in Spain and fully estranged from his abusive past, he is unable to get close to anyone and remains cold and aloof at all times, throwing himself into his work in order to avoid all close friendships except for his Spanish friend, Raul. Jeff suffers from extreme low self esteem after being abandoned by his immediate family to live with his uncle and aunt. This was one aspect of the story I found difficult to understand as Jeff is brought up in a loving environment as the son his aunt and uncle could never have, and yet he behaves like he was an unwanted child. The extremes of feeling that he has about his childhood just didn't tally with what we see in the way his uncle and aunt love him, and so I found myself unable to understand Jeff's feelings. Sean also has issues in that he comes from a large family and so felt lost amongst all his other siblings. The rejection of Daniel and Jeff hits him hard as he is a natural protector and wants to look after both men and heal their wounds.We find out all the above information through the internal monologue of the characters. They inwardly moan and gripe about their lives, the perceived and actual hurts that others have done to them, their worries about the other men, and their feelings of self-loathing and hatred. This goes on for pages and pages of navel-gazing introspection which made me rapidly lose patience in the characters. Most of the problems in their relationship would be solved very quickly if they just talked to one another rather than exist in their own miserable sphere. There's actually very little page time when the men are together, talking or interacting in any way and a lot of their time together is told to us 'off page' by one of the characters. This had the effect that I was distanced from them as a threesome because I rarely saw them together. In fact, it wasn't until near the end of the book when they finally started telling each other what they were thinking that I began to have any sympathy for them or their situation and after that point I grew to like them more and was happy that they got their HEA.Apart from the relationship between the three men - which is the only real focus of the story - there were a number of other themes or ideas thrown into the mix which could have been interesting but were only dealt with on a superficial level. The setting of the NA reservation and the people who lived there was one of these. Jeff is supposed to be a social worker but we never see him doing anything except for asking advice about a drunken man in the town. There are hints that drugs and alcohol are rife in the community, and that Jeff's mother and sister are victims of this, which concerns Jeff, but then nothing ever comes of that. Other things were thrown in too like the odd BDSM scene in Sean's office late in the book; Jeff's aunt and uncle who play a prominent role in the beginning of the book but then disappear from sight; Jeff's uncle Jack who crops up late in the book to condemn Jeff but we've not heard of him before or after that point; The fact that all the men seem to have an awful lot of spare time, given their stressful jobs; the way that Jeff and Sean's relationship is so violent during sex yet that too seems to tail off without explanation; Jeff's inferiority complex about being a Native American which doesn't tally with the respect shown generally to him. The book would have been so much better if there had been some consistency with all this jumble of ideas, if the book had been pared back with some themes discarded and others allowed to flourish.So despite my love of angsty, character based books, Warriors and Healers didn't really work for me. I found myself getting impatient with the main characters and bemused at all the different themes and ideas thrown seemingly randomly into the story. Having said that, the writing was good and I will definitely be looking out for more of this author's books in future.

  • Charlie Richards
    2018-11-08 20:20

    Just when I thought I had a handle on the story-line, it took a new twist. I really liked the way this story gripped me from the first scene and kept me turning pages. There were times when I wanted to smack the characters for their choices, but that was all part of their growth and learning process. Excellent book! I look forward to more by this author.

  • Sadie Forsythe
    2018-10-29 22:29

    There were times that this book was so sweet my heart wanted to fly from my chest. There were other times that same attempted sweetness became so saccharine I almost couldn't be brought to keep reading. This book was really hit and miss for me. Some aspects of it I loved—how determinedly loving Sean was, for example. However, even more aspects of it either forced eye rolls or flat out exasperated huffs from me—how Daniel was nothing more than a china doll for Sean and Jeff to love between them, for example. (Let me just pause and rant on this a moment. I'll try to be vague so there won't be spoilers, but I'll be discussing an event or two. So read with caution.)I have two complaints about Sean and Jeff's love of Daniel, and neither of them has anything to do with them forming a trio. My first is the assumed knowledge that passes between S & J and apparently that the reader is supposed to share. Without exception, Jeff is hostile toward Daniel from the moment he arrives. He apparently makes some sort of peace with Sean, evidenced only by the fact that it's noted that he can call him by his first name. So already, the three men are not friends and there are no subtle hints that they might become friends. Due to circumstances, J admits to S that he is attracted to D (kind of). Then suddenly (and I mean SUDDENLY, with no forewarning) S & J fall on one another in a fit of passion. Yes, two men who have not even been friends, one of whom just admitted his attraction to a third (and not the first) pounce on one another in a hallway. What? Why? What psychic communication did I miss that would make this make sense?Afterwards, the two are A) instantly a couple and falling in love, even though they've barely spoken up to this point (stunning example of sex equals love, that)B) somehow both aware that the other loves D, even though it hasn't even been hinted out that S likes him as anything but a friend up to that point (Guess I'm just supposed to presume two men in an mm novel can't be friends so the lust is assumed, even if not shown.)Additionally, when D leaves the reservation, S & J go about planning to get him back, despite the fact that as far as D knows nothing in J's attitude has changed. Seriously, just because S knows how J really feels doesn't mean D has any way of knowing and there are no pleasant interactions to counter the previously evidenced attitude. So again, psychic communications? And lastly, it's quite explicitly stated that S & J never talk about 'this thing between them' but they are falling hard and heavy for one another and are open and determined to add D as their third. You'd think this would require a conversation or two. Yeah? How do they each know that the other is open to such an unusual relationship? There is a lot of presumed knowledge flying around and I disliked it. A lot.Secondly (after all that), the whole book is about S & J trying to convince D to become their third, without asking him and scaring him away. I can run with that, it makes sense. However, at no point is D anything but an acquisition. His feelings change in accordance with the growth of S & J's feelings for each other and their determination to possess him, but at no point is there any reason they should. From what must be D's position, the two men are never anything but friendly to him (and J not even that). So there is no reason that he, a straight man, should be falling in love and lust with them. His feelings constantly change to conveniently fit where the story is going, but IT MAKES NO SENSE. He is never seduced, invited, or even talked to about it until after he too is in love. What? Even worse, once they have him the obvious power dynamics of the group irked me. He was not an equal participant. He was their 'little cub' or 'pretty prince' he was something to be taken care of or responsible for, like a child. This was also reinforced by the roles played in bed (and there was no indication this would be fluid). If it wouldn't be insulting to everyone involved to say he was obviously the woman in the scenario I probably would. He was a damsel in distress, who had to be protected from himself. It made him seem fragile. Then he is...let's call it made love to by S & J, instead of makes love with S & J. Additionally, and this is a general complaint but it's especially relevant in relation to the romance. Large important chunks of time pass unrevealed. For example, D arrives and despite being attracted to him, J is rude to him. Then it's suddenly weeks later and D is out running. The whole settling in, getting to know each-other, etc is completely skipped. At this point, S sees a strange man and decides he wants to meet him. Then it's weeks later and the two of them are BFFs who are out running together. We never get to see them meet or get to know one another. Then, after D left the reservation the first time, weeks pass in which S & J's relationship is progressing but we see none of it. These are IMPORTANT events. These are events I want, need to see to understand the relationship between the characters. Lacking them everything felt rushed and UNBELIEVABLE. Really, that's the crux of my problem, S & J's relationship makes sense and even wanting D makes sense. But nothing about D's actions, feelings, thoughts, etc are realistic and anytime there is an opportunity to delve into his motives or change of heart, it's skipped over. The writing too was hit or miss. For 99% of the time it was wonderful. But the author had this horrible habit of using oddly outdated phrases on occasion—'lest we do..." or "they waited upon" or "for it had been," "for it was," "for they thought." These anachronistic words stood out like neon signs. The 'for' seemed to be especially prevalent and once I took note of it I was jarred by every subsequent one. I found it really disruptive. There were also times that it was difficult to keep track of who was who and/or who was speaking at any given point. But like I said in the beginning, some parts of this book really are sweet. Seeing S & J's love for each-other and how desperately they wanted D (I refuse to acknowledge his love as it was so unbelievable) was heartwarming. They way the men are able to understand and heal one another was nice. The dialogue was mostly pretty smooth. There are a lot of things to like about this book. Unfortunately, FOR ME, there was also a lot to dislike.

  • Feliz
    2018-10-25 19:33

    It's a well - written story. The characters are depicted in a sympathetic way, each with his flaws and stregths. They have pretty distinctive voices, too. The story is told from the alternating POV's of all three men, thus the reader learns each of them though the eyes of the others as well as through their internal thoughts and fights.All three men are really heavily conflicted. Daniel endured a horrible childhood with abuse of the meanest kind. Jeff was abandoned by his mother in a very young age and was raised by an uncle who was an outcast himself. Irish - catholic Sean is a gay cop with too much empathy for his own good. But here lies the first rub: It would have done the story good to repeat/ ponder on the past aches of the men a little less often. There is a lot of angst involved, mostly in Jeff's case; I had a hard time to believe that an Apache, raised by the tribe's shaman, could behave that way. My second rub were the many different genres and themes mixed up within that story. Daniel thinks himself straight. He had a long - time relationship with a woman and is actually recuperating from their split - up. But one night of love with Jeff and Sean, and - whoosh - he's gay, just like that and no more doubts about it. Jeff's and Sean's relationship, on the other hand, starts when they realize they share an attraction to Daniel that borders on obsession. They are depicted as being each - other's stress - relief f*** buddys, their encounters pure animal need and nothing else. But then again, Jeff thinks of Sean a gentle and caring. It is not entirely comprehensible what they need Daniel for except that both seem to be crazy for him. And it's even less comprehensible what Daniel needs THEM for. Later in the book, there is a little bondage, a smidgen of Master/ Boy action and finally, they suddenly switch into Bear/ Cub - mode. In my opinion the author did mean too well and tried too hard. Thus the book appears overconscientious. Nevertheless, it's a fine read with memorable characters and a heartwarming, if a little redundant story. Recommended for everybody who doesn't mind angst and a lot of introspection.

  • Kira
    2018-11-14 00:20

    Hmmh, I was very frustrated when I first read this book. Two most annoying things were:1. the time jumping, it does that a lot and you never know when something is happening. I mean it literally skips MONTHS without telling anything about those months after the jumps. The best you get are a few random sentences that mean nothing to the plot.2. the details. It seems that the author doesn't care about details that much or something. There's a scene when two guys leave the third in the bedroom, go to the other room and jump each others' bones. You get the impression that one of them is naked and the other has jeans around his knees or something, by the time the third wakes up in a nightmare. They jump up from the floor but when they get to the room, they're miraculously dressed again. And that was just one example. There are plenty.Then there are some things the author keeps repeating over and over again. Like Jeff and Sean having these very intense, almost violent encounters. It's pointed out, how exactly rough they get, too many times.Another thing I disliked VERY much was the three guys laughing their assess off and being all mellow and tired right after the laughing fits. This happens about five times in the book. Trust me, not funny, pun intended.Good things?There are some smoking hot sex scenes. I also liked Jeff's family and the native-culture stuff sneaked into the story. The guys are all different, which I liked too.This book actually has a few sex scenes I really really think were extraordinary, from my point of view at least.Other than that...I was disappointed.Oh and one other thing, even if Daniel thinks Freud is the man (D thinks all men are bisexual, even if he's considered himself straight before), the whole being okay and falling in love/lust with two men happens too fast, even with the fucking insane time jumps.

  • Aislinn
    2018-10-25 18:14

    This one had some good moments, and I mostly liked the characters and minor delving into their various cultures. I wasn't crazy about the way that Daniel was portrayed in his relationship with the other two, especially at the end as they finally came together, being too much like a victorian damsel. The endearments at the end really spoiled it for me too - a little of that goes a long way, and it was layered on thickly. Great idea, unevenly realized.

  • xbmbgrl
    2018-11-15 23:29

    Prideful social worker, Jeff, dominant Sheriff, Sean and wounded doctor, Daniel come together in this book as colleagues of sorts at first. Distrust, shame, pride, family, past abuse, fear, illness, injury, assumption and poor communication skills all come between the men at various times. As job necessity pulls everyone closer explosive sexual needs begin to grow between them as well. Sean and Jeff, both strong men with little to no tenderness in their passion crave Daniel’s softness as the balance to their off balance needs. They struggle upstream to find and carve a place for themselves in the isolated world of Jeff’s reservation. In order to find their center, Jeff and Daniel must overcome personal demons and allow vulnerability to bind them together. Sean must make a safe haven where they can do that. The men are all interesting but flawed. In some cases the flaws seemed to overwhelm other positive characteristics. I struggled to really like Jeff. He comes off as racist and bigoted too often ~ it wasn’t unbelievable or out of character, in fact it was his character. Where as Sean seemed to be very self assured he also made arrogant assumptions that made things worse too often. Except for the explosive passion between him and Jeff, I wasn’t sure what the two had in common except their mutual attraction to Daniel at first. Once Sean masters Jeff, and he accepts that from Sean, that relationship clicks much more smoothly. Daniel, probably the most well traveled and well educated of the group was forced into a role of naivete and obtuseness that seemed out of character at times. I liked his vulnerability, it was a necessary counterpoint to the other two but at times they treated him like a child and that clashed with the type of man Daniel is. This book is told from all three POVs and at times I had a lot of problems trying to determine who was who, who was speaking and who was thinking as I maneuvered through each paragraph and scene. The descriptive sex scenes were few and far between but they were well executed and steamy. Unfortunately I had to stop so many times to backtrack and try and get my bearings that it really made buying into the relationship a struggle.

  • Terry
    2018-11-11 23:18

    Half decent story poorly realised. I wondered at times if the "jumps" in the story indicated where the author had finished one day to be started again another day but in a completely different time/part of the story. Confusing as heck to be honest at times but I persevered as I have a penchant for anything Native American Indian. Parts of the story were well told and touching in a way, others were so sickly sweet and overdone you thought maybe someone else had written it. Some parts seemed to be glossed over while others were so verbose as to make it boring and verging on unintelligible. Perhaps a better editor would help to point the problems out to the author prior to publication? However the story itself (picking it out from the myriad of problems) was quite good therefore giving it 2 stars.

  • Danielle
    2018-10-20 23:19

    Loved Yakuza Pride by this author but Warriors and Healers might as well have been written by two different people they are so different in their writing style. I had a hard time getting into this one, the write was really chunky and there wasn't a lot of dialogue or movement to break it up just a lot of self loathing, pity, internal struggles etc. The time line was also off. Each chapter jumps ahead by weeks of months sometimes and it takes a little while to realize that. Anyway, give it a go if you like this authors other works, it might appeal to you more then it did me.

  • Grandmat
    2018-11-05 01:21

    Perhaps 3.5. Characterizations are good, but I would have liked to see Daniel deal with his issues and Jeff resolve his family conflict. Maybe Brues has a sequel in the works. The relationship driven plot is complex, but other plot elements are simplistic. Still, an enjoyable read. Also, with my history of severe migraines, i found Daniels suffering to be authentic and added interest that operated as a convenient plot vehicle.

  • Scarlett
    2018-10-24 02:15

    I loved this. The characters were heart-warming and I really wanted them to get together and to be happy! It did get a bit hammy in parts, but I kind of enjoyed that as a guilty pleasure. It was a bit of a roller-coaster with the up and downs, and I wanted to smack them sometimes, but there's a lovely ending :)

  • Susinok
    2018-11-15 23:11

    Nice story of three coming together. Daniel has to learn to trust that others see him as worthy, and Jeff has to get over his fear of being hurt. Sometimes the writing style was a bit awkward with mental ramblings, but I did enjoy the book.

  • Joy
    2018-10-19 19:31

    OK, how did I miss that this was a 3-way in the description? Anyway, it had potential it didn't really live up to--I would have loved to read more--or even, I dunno, *anything*-- about health care on an Indian reservation, for example. Disappointing.

  • Mandi
    2018-11-09 00:16

    I really enjoyed this story. My only complaint is that it didn't seem like the three main characters had much 'screen time' together. I can safely say that H.J. Brues is now on my 'Author to-read' list!

  • Impy
    2018-11-11 23:32

    Not my usual type of read but I enjoyed it immensely. I'll admit that I skimmed over the racier scenes and noticed a certain jumpiness in the book as the story jumped ahead jarringly. But I also liked the characters and found a lot of the story sweet and romantic.

  • True
    2018-10-30 23:24

    i really enjoyed this book. i came back to this book a few times before i actually got it. I can honestly say that I am happy I bought it. :)

  • Sue
    2018-11-16 00:11

    3.5

  • Amy
    2018-11-07 19:15

    3.5 stars.

  • Judie
    2018-10-20 18:11

    I really liked this book!

  • Ariel
    2018-11-01 00:17

    An interesting look into Native American culture and the clash of cultures when Native American, mainstream American, and European cultures meet.

  • Omega696
    2018-10-23 21:34

    I really, really wanted to kick Jeff. Hard. But the story was good anyway.

  • Lee Rey
    2018-11-06 22:11

    A great love triangle story with individuals from different cultures who overcome their own barriers to find love and their happiness!!!