Air Force sergeant Michael Baldwin wanted nothing more than to escape his family’s political ambitions, but his dream of freedom was shattered by an enemy bullet to the head. Two years later, he and his service dog, Kaylee, resist his father’s demand to join him on the campaign trail—where a photogenic “wounded warrior” is always an asset—and instead return to the family’s summer home on Hartsbridge Island.
There Michael and his beautiful German shepherd capture the attention of Josh Goldberg, co-owner of the local bagel shop. Josh has a knack for business and a killer repertoire of his bubbe’s recipes. But lack of education undermines his confidence, and Josh’s father doesn’t share his ambition for the restaurant’s future.
Chicken soup and bacon might be the way to Michael’s heart, but he and Josh need time to learn about everything that comes after—lessons that Governor Baldwin and his relentless ambition will do anything to thwart. Letting someone in is a tall order for two men who can’t trust themselves, but if they have any hope of a future together, that’s exactly what they’ll need to do.
There was so much love from me for Josh and Michael that it was absurdly easy to detest both Governor Baldwin and anyone associated with him. So much more than you get in the description, as if that wasn’t enough. The son that he practically disowned because of his choice to join the military is suddenly the perfect asset to his campaign.
Then there was Josh’s family. They were loud, supportive, accepting and loving. Everything that Michael’s family wasn’t. Still, something was missing in Josh’s life that he didn’t expect to find in someone like Michael. Watching them get to know each other and eventually grow to trust each other was one of many things I loved about this story.
Oh and as much as I loved Josh and Michael, I couldn’t pick a favorite between the two. That’s because neither one of them were my favorite character. No, that honor belongs solely to Kaylee, Michael’s canine companion. 😉 I never considered a dog being a service companion for someone suffering from PTSD, but the more I experienced the connection between Michael and Kaylee, the more logical it became. She also suffered her own brand of discrimination, which made me lover her and Michael even more.
By the end of Change of Address, I was excited to discover that it was part of a series. Which pretty much guarantees that even though this was my first Jordan S. Brock book, it will most definitely be my last.