Kindred Spirits by Alexa Land
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Elijah Everett knows he should feel good about the progress he’s made over the last four years, ever since he ran away from a terrible situation at age sixteen. With the support of his loving, adopted family, he recently graduated from college and has a good job and an exciting new life waiting for him on Catalina Island. But his past has left him with little confidence and a list of fears a mile long, and Elijah wonders if he’ll ever fully heal.
Cassidy Juric doesn’t talk about his past. He doesn’t talk about much at all, actually. And yet, Elijah thinks he recognizes a kindred spirit in the gorgeous young ranch hand. The two are undeniably drawn to each other, and a tentative relationship starts to develop. But when the devastating truth about Cassidy’s past is revealed, Elijah wonders if asking Cassidy to trust him might be asking the impossible.
Can two broken men learn to open their hearts and take a chance on love? Or will the ghosts of their past prevent them from building a future together?
PLEASE NOTE: Includes mentions of childhood trauma, which some readers may find difficult or upsetting.
Kindred Spirits bridges Alexa Land’s best-selling Firsts and Forever Series and its spinoff, The Castaways Series. Long-time readers will recognize some familiar faces, along with a new setting and several new characters. This book overlaps the timeline and the events in The Rest of Forever, which is Mike and Yoshi’s story. However, it may be read as a stand-alone.