Breakthrough

J.H. Knight

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Breakthrough The road to recovery is never easy even when you re just an innocent bystander to someone else s addiction For Jack it s especially hard because he blames himself for his son Rick s drug problems It

  • Title: Breakthrough
  • Author: J.H. Knight
  • ISBN: 9781634763189
  • Page: 325
  • Format: ebook
  • The road to recovery is never easy, even when you re just an innocent bystander to someone else s addiction.For Jack, it s especially hard because he blames himself for his son Rick s drug problems It took Jack over half his life to admit to himself and his wife that he was gay, but years later, he still carries guilt over what his realization did to his son.He never thThe road to recovery is never easy, even when you re just an innocent bystander to someone else s addiction.For Jack, it s especially hard because he blames himself for his son Rick s drug problems It took Jack over half his life to admit to himself and his wife that he was gay, but years later, he still carries guilt over what his realization did to his son.He never thought Rick s treatment would help him rehabilitate too, but when Jack meets Seth, the man trying to help his son get back on his feet, it s the breakthrough he never knew he needed.

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    1. Heather K (dentist in my spare time) on said:

      Boring and lacking emotional connection. There, I said it. I hate to be the bad guy, especially when someone as talented as J.H. Knight is involved, but I feel like I didn't even read the same book as some other reviewers. I'm not a fan of books where the two MCs don't meet or get together until the very end and this book is very much that type of story. The two guys barely interact in person and then have a very acquaintance-type relationship through email for some time. I didn't feel the conne [...]

    2. Gigi on said:

      Jack. Sweet, tortured-by-guilt Jack. My dream book-boyfriend. As a 46-year-old woman married to a 48-year-old man, Jack is right in my demographic. As I read J.H. Knight's description of Jack, model Laurence Nicotra popped into my head and I fell even harder. Best. Visual. Ever. Jack is a man with guilt weighing him down to the point of misery. He denied his sexuality for so long that by the time he came out of the closet, he had a wife and teenage son. His son, Rick, struggles with addiction an [...]

    3. SheReadsALot on said:

      A Hearts On Fire Review 4.5 HEARTS--Want a short story that gives a good case of the comfort?This story has it.I was touched by the entire cast of characters, every one of them, even the grandkids and cats. That's how charmed I am with "Breakthrough". LikeI might've sprung a leak in the upper half of my face and made my cheeks hurt while grinning kind of charmed. The feels were touched.Jack is a forty-nine year old (silverfox!) accountant with a successful career. He's divorced, has one son, Ric [...]

    4. ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ on said:

      This is a sweet story, but it's not really a romance. Jack and Seth meet briefly at 30 percent, don't see each other again until 75 percent, and have one intimate scene at the end. I appreciate an "older" MC (Jack is a gray fox at 49), and I liked the close relationship Jack has with his friend Mindy. However, the focus here is on Jack learning to live with his feelings and finally letting go of the guilt he's carried around for more than a decade, thinking his coming out triggered his son's dru [...]

    5. Adam on said:

      3.5 starsJ.H. Knight, doing what she does best!There's a broken man who tries to run from his feelings as long as he can, a family that's going through a rough patch, some great secondary characters, and a very believable comfort/healing theme.For such a short story, Breakthrough deals with some very heavy topics. Jack's emotional recovery was at times heartbreaking, but it was a process that needed to happen. I liked that the book addresses an often little-discussed issue: how many gay men, par [...]

    6. Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥ on said:

      Since The Last Thing He Needs came out, I've tried to devour everything this author has written. It's realistic fiction at it's finest. This novella was no different. I enjoyed the life challenges that Jack had to overcome. This dealt with a topic that we see a lot of. Jack was a married gay man to a straight woman. He was ashamed of his sexuality, and felt like he was a failure to his only child, who is dealing with addiction. This didn't get any better to me. I loved it, Jack had to deal with [...]

    7. Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈ on said:

      I would not mind reading more about them. I truly enjoyed their banter and emails. I would have been much happier if the book hadn't ended rather abruptly at 93 percent. I was looking for a bit more story or an epilogue. This would definitely have been a five star read if there had been a little more.

    8. ¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★•°**★ on said:

      Why did this not really work for me?But, I think it was me. had to be.My friends loved this readd, I won't change my original stars, I'll just clarify. As for me, for now, I'll say thisr me the romance simply did not grab at my heart. II failed to connect with these two. The SCs well I found myself not giving a care for them, and I resented thier page time as this book was to short as it was. The MCs /couple, took to long to be together face to face per se, from the time they first met. Gosh th [...]

    9. Candice on said:

      This need just one more chapter or an Epi. It ends and I needed more. I really liked Jack and Seth. Would have liked to have seen what Rick really thinks of them together though. It easy to say you're "cool with it" when you haven't seen it up close and personal. Especially since Rick KNOWS Seth. He poured his heart out to him. Seth knows everything there is to know about Rick, stuff Jack doesn't even know. I'll be waiting for more from these two :)

    10. Amy on said:

      I really liked this one! As a parent I could totally relate to Jack and the guilt he felt about his son's issues. I loved the group therapy session and how Seth got him to let go of some of that guilt. And I loved Jack's relationship with his best friend Mindy. Plus he's a 49-year-old silver fox. We need more MC's in that age range :)

    11. Lori on said:

      This was a great story about learning to be comfortable in your own skin - and realising that you can't always control everything. Loved the fact the MC was older. Thanks L. :)

    12. Anke on said:

      Overall I liked it a lot. The italics thrown in every now and then in my copy were rather disruptive to my reading flow and the end was a tad bit predictable, but other than that - yap, an entertaining read.

    13. Tess on said:

      I wanted to like this because (a) I absolutely loved at least one of JH Knight's previous stories (b) this had an older (49 year old) MC and (c) I liked that this dealt with some serious issues (Jack's adult son was undergoing therapy for his drug addiction). Unfortunately, though, this didn't work too well for me.First, and very importantly, this had huge editing issues. There were random italicized paragraphs and groups of paragraphs throughout the story which I found annoying and completely d [...]

    14. Borderstar on said:

      3.5 starsWell this was a surprisingly nice read. It's always a bit hit and miss with short stories for me, but this was written in a way that it was just long enough to really get into the story.It was kinda silly in a certain part but overall, despite the topic, it was actually quite a fun read.When I started it, bearing in mind the theme of addiction, and some of the thoughts of the main character early on, I thought that it might have been a bit heavy. However, it really wasn't and I have to [...]

    15. Stella ╰☆╮╰☆╮ on said:

      Review coming soon @STRW4.25 out of 5 starsI swoon over J.H. Knight‘s works every time. This week I read two of them: this new novella called Breakthrough and a free story, Just a Feeling. If you love sweet stories like I do, these two are just for you too. The author of the so emotional The Last Thing He Needs never disappointed me. She’s so talented. What I like more in her books is they all are so real, especially this new one. Breakthroughwas a quick read, light and funny too. What amaze [...]

    16. Joyfully Jay on said:

      A Joyfully Jay review. 2.5 starsThis story was not at all what I expected. To categorize it as a romance is pushing it as there is virtually no relationship building and very little on the sexy side. Here’s the thing, as a story about recovery and growth or healing and finding one’s self, it’s a decent story. But still nothing about it blew me away or made me feel much of anything.Jack is okay, but for the most part I was highly irritated by his self-deprecation. I’m of the mind that if [...]

    17. Milica on said:

      Jack is 49 years old man who happens to have a son Rick,who happens to be an addict. Jack doesn't handle emotions well,so he hides behind sarcasm and suites,or so we are TOLD (I didn't get to see that). And,apparently when he finaly lets himself to feel,it's GLORIOUS - he cries all day every day for over a month! This coming from a guy who barely cries Does this sound INSANE to you as does to me? This non-stop crying? I wish that author showed us some of those emotions,but nowe are again only TO [...]

    18. MorganSkye on said:

      Jack is a divorced man who split up because he realized he’s gay. He’s been holding on to that guilt – the perceived guilt of breaking up his family – for the last decade. When his adult son enters rehab, Jack feels responsible, so he’s willing to do anything to help – even group therapy.While in therapy, Jack meets the amazing Seth, younger than Jack but older than his son, and manages to have a significant breakthrough on dealing with his own guilt issues.Over the course of the nex [...]

    19. DaisyGirl on said:

      3.0 StarsMeh. Jack and Seth were alright. This one was really short and didn't excite me much. The writing was tight (duh, it's J.H. Knight) but what was up with the sporadic and seemingly meaningless use of italics?!?Bottom line: Just okay.

    20. Secretly Reading on said:

      I liked Jack, especially because he's older but a romance with his son's drug counselor that oversaw group therapy with Jack where he had his emotional epiphany? Huh, unethical. The secondary characters, especially Jack's neighbor and best friend, are wonderful, as is Jack's family. Their relationships save the novella for me.

    21. Donna on said:

      This was a great little story that shows it’s never too late to find love, and it may just happen in the unlikeliest of places.Jack is forty-nine years old and about a decade ago he bravely admitted that he is gay to both himself and his wife. His only regret is that his coming out sent his teenage son into a downward spiral of drug addiction that has once again landed the young man in rehab. When Rick phones and asks if Jack would be willing to come and visit for the facility’s family day, [...]

    22. Molli B. on said:

      3.75 starsI have a fondness for addiction-focused books, and it was interesting to read one from a different POV: a parent's. I actually would have been happy if this had been longer. My only real complaint about it is that because it's novella length, everything happened kind of quickly. I loved the scene at Rick's rehab, when they're all in group, but we didn't get nearly enough of it. And I do think there was good build-up to Seth and Jack getting together, but there could have been more. Wha [...]

    23. ChiaraMessina on said:

      Non so se il problema di questa novella sia la sua lunghezza, ma, al contrario di quanto era avvenuto con The Last thing he needs, qui emozioni e personaggi rimangono a un livello molto superficiale. Peccato, perché mi piaceva l'idea di quest'uomo non giovanissimo che, dopo aver negato la propria omosessualità e aver in qualche modo rinunciato a una vita sentimentale per espiare alla colpa di aver "distrutto" la sua famiglia, portando il figlio a drogarsi (o almeno questo è ciò che crede lui [...]

    24. Brandilyn on said:

      Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance 4.25stars Breakthrough is a story of a father who came out late in life. He blames himself, and his need to be himself, for all the problems his son has had since he divorced. At it's core, it is a tale of redemption and slow-burning love.For Complete review see Prism Book Alliance: prismbookalliance/?pos

    25. Susan A on said:

      Throughout this book, italics were used in ways I do not understand. Whole paragraphs were italicized with no purpose, need or consistency. It was so distracting and aggravating I wanted to stop reading. It definitely had an effect on my opinion of the book.

    26. Erica on said:

      I liked this, and there's a lot of story packed into this short length, but there wasn't quite enough for me to stop seeing Seth as Jack's counselor and start seeing him as his boyfriend.

    27. Mj on said:

      So enjoyable, a short story that packs great characters, family development and a super heart warming romance.

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