Book Review: We Still Live

Running from a scandal that ruined his life, Isaac Twain accepts a teaching position at Hambden University where, three months prior, Professor John Conlon stopped a campus nightmare by stepping in front of an active shooter.
When John and Isaac become faculty advisors for the school’s literary magazine, their professional relationship evolves. Despite the strict code of conduct forbidding faculty fraternization, they delve into a secret affair—until Simon arrives.
Isaac’s violent ex threatens not only their careers, but also John’s life. His PTSD triggered, John must come to terms with that bloody day on College Green while Isaac must accept the heartbreak his secrets have wrought.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this story more than I was anticipating. I was honestly surprised at how much I enjoyed this. The characters were beautifully written. They were so realistic that I felt like I was reading about real people instead of just characters. This author has a flare for character development. 

I really fell in love with this book and I hope that there will be more in the future. The romantic tropes in this book are so realistic! They grew so naturally and organically that it just felt so real, not to mention that a big portion of this book is centered around an LGBTQIA romance!

This is one of those books you can reread over and over. It does deal with a lot of heavy topics (such as mental health and shootings) but they are so well written that it is not as triggering as some other books I have read that also tackle these topics. 

Thank you so much to Sara Dobie Bauer, Ninestar Press, and NetGalley for allowing me to review this title.
Cover art and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

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