Roberts and Jim “Rock” South are solidifying their lives together as
partners. Easier said than done, given their careers. Rock is a
Marine and Rig is a nurse. However, they always find time to show
each other how much they need each other. Rock still gets irritated
when Rig’s momma calls and they talk for hours. Rig doesn’t
understand why Rock won’t talk about his family. What they do
understand is each other and life is good.
strikes both men where it hurts in the form of death. While Rig has
a stable family environment to be whom and what he is, a gay man
with a life partner, Rock does not have that stability and Rig is
shown firsthand just how unbending Rock’s family is about his sexual
orientation. No matter however, because Rig plans to show his
Rocketman just how much he is needed and wanted right at home.
takes us inside Rig and Rock’s relationship prior to Dick joining
the couple. I found it extremely poignant at times as well as very
realistic as to Rock’s family’s inability to accept Rig as his
partner as well as their refusal to accept Rock’s life choices.
Personal Leave gave me cause to think of how realistic
this novel actually is. Sean Michael continues to amaze me with
stories of love and life and I find myself an extremely big fan of
this prolific writer. Keep those novels coming!