Fire and Rain

Fire and Rain

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2022-07-22
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Lives shattered

Sean McKenna joined the Coast Guard to save lives. Now a flight mech, he loves living and operating in the wilds of Alaska. When a mission goes terribly wrong, Sean is badly injured. But no pain can compare to the guilt he feels over the loss of his best friend. It was Sean's job to keep Justin, the rescue swimmer, safe. Now Justin is dead, leaving his wife, Eden, without a husband and their toddler son, Maverick, without a father. The best Sean can do is step up and help Eden in any way he can. As the months go by, he finds himself fighting a growing attraction to her. He knows people on base are talking. What kind of man hooks up with his best friend's widow? But the heart wants what it wants, and this desire can't be denied—because it’s mutual.

A heart torn

Eden Koseki loved Justin from the moment he jumped out of a hovering helicopter, swam to shore, and asked her for her name and number. She thought they had all the time in the world. Losing him and the future they'd planned together is more devastating than she could have imagined. It's only the support of her family—and Sean's steadfast presence—that get her through those first months of overpowering grief. But as the weeks pass, she feels unexpectedly drawn to him. When she's with him, she's able to smile and laugh again—especially while watching him play with little Maverick. Still, her emotions leave her torn between loyalty to Justin's memory and the living, breathing man who makes her feel alive again.

A second chance… if they're both brave enough to take it

As winter turns to summer and snow turns to rain, the heat between Sean and Eden intensifies. So does the gossip in town. Still, Eden isn't about to let anyone interfere in her business. She knows now just how fragile life can be. When Sean's sense of duty threatens to keep them apart, Eden knows she must help him move past his survivor's guilt—or risk losing this second chance at deep love and lasting happiness.

 

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 沒有瞄過文案就購入,看完序章我忍不住瞪大眼睛,原來主角是Sean和Eden啊!可以說是頗為敏感的主題吧,因為有些人沒辦法接受另一方是好朋友的配偶,再來,也有些人會義憤填膺地說道,怎麼可以丈夫走沒多久就對其他男人心動呢!——想到這,我就覺得作為女人的標準很高,看看隔壁的BL世界,對象走了借酒澆愁順便來個一夜情是很常見的劇情設定呢wink

事件過後Eden深陷悲傷與孤獨,周圍的人總是小心翼翼地避提Justin並且安慰她:一切都會好起來的、你會再遇到一個好男人的,只有Sean懂她的心情並且告訴她可以隨心所欲的哀悼自己的丈夫,可以跟他一起回憶Justin的一切;

 I like that I can talk with you about him. Some people don't want me to mention him at all. It's as if he's been erased or something.

Sean則是陷入深沉的自責與悔恨之中,他反覆夢見當晚的情形,但不管他在夢裡怎麼改變做法Justin都會死,他擺脫不了「要是他當下早個幾秒要Justin跳入海中、或是立刻把他拉上直升機,是不是還有機會存活」的想法,是Eden悲傷卻無比寬容的眼神拯救了他。

Eden發現自己對Sean產生情愫時非常掙扎,他是丈夫的兄弟,對他有戀愛情感好像背叛了Justin一樣,直到她跟奶奶提到自己的煩惱才終於釋懷。(Sean則是花了更多時間才接受)

 who can say what is right for another? Life is short, and it does no one good to be lonely. Justin loved you, and I think he would want you to be happy. Honor his memory by living a full and happy life.

作者處理得很好,兩人心態變化的軌跡十分清晰又合理,而且雙方都很珍惜對方、對這段感情非常慎重,成年人的戀愛總是特別迷人~

書中也是有無法理解他們感情的人存在,然而對於那些經歷過巨大創痛的人,旁人實在也沒什麼立場指手畫腳,你永遠不知道他們背負了哪些東西。

 You can never know the burdens another person is carrying. 

 

以下補充幾點背景知識

▎ʙᴀᴄᴋɢʀᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴄʜᴇᴄᴋ 𝟷

Sean與Justin服役於美國海岸防衛隊(United States Coast Guard),他們負責海上搜救的部分,收到SAR(Search and Rescue) alert就要出動救援;Sean是一名Avionics Electrical Technician (AET),在直升機上負責確認目標位置、指導飛行員調整方向、操作繩索把人往下及往上送,Justin是rescue swimmer,負責下海救援以及醫療處理。

▎ʙᴀᴄᴋɢʀᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴄʜᴇᴄᴋ 𝟸

故事背景發生在阿拉斯加的Kodiak Island,是美國僅次於夏威夷的第二大島,Eden是當地人。

▎ʙᴀᴄᴋɢʀᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴄʜᴇᴄᴋ 𝟹

事件漁船所製的毒是methamphetamine 甲基安非他命,依據介紹:

Illicitly manufactured meth is usually made by combining ephedrine or pseudoephedrine with other chemicals that are often poisonous or highly flammable. (中略) The heating process is particularly dangerous, as there is significant risk of fire and explosion.   source

小說裡提到他們在cooking meth,應該是已經到加熱階段。

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書中Sean看到Eden收藏的羅曼史小說封面時OS: “The front was an image of a ripped guy with no chest hair, the surf behind him. He looked ready to fight—or fuck.So, these were the kinds of books Eden enjoyed.”

然後我打開我的電子書櫃,果然如此XDDD

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