Strong Medicine

Two men who meet in a psychiatric institution couldn t possibly find happiness together could they The world seemed to be telling disgraced former child star and singer Cameron Fox that he would never be happy again A drunken car accident gets him sentenced to a work release at Riverbend Behavioral Health Facility Reclusive, traumatized writer Jonah Radley has an entireTwo men who meet in a psychiatric institution couldn t possibly find happiness together could they The world seemed to be telling disgraced former child star and singer Cameron Fox that he would never be happy again A drunken car accident gets him sentenced to a work release at Riverbend Behavioral Health Facility Reclusive, traumatized writer Jonah Radley has an entire graveyard of skeletons in his closet Jonah regularly hospitalizes himself for psychotic episodes caused by a horrific childhood trauma, his biggest secret one he refuses to speak about in therapy Jonah and Cameron form a bond inside the hospital, forged in mutual pain and hope for a better life Once they leave the hospital, they must decide if they are brave enough to explore the intricacies of living with mental illness and find a new normal together.
Strong Medicine Two men who meet in a psychiatric institution couldn t possibly find happiness together could they The world seemed to be telling disgraced former child star and singer Cameron Fox that he would never

  • Title: Strong Medicine
  • Author: J.K. Hogan
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 437
  • Format: ebook
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    1. "Love could be a dangerous thing between two people who weren't free. Jonah had his illness and Cameron had his family. They were two people who should never be together, but the universe kept throwing them at one another."This was not an easy story to read and by the time it ended I was exhausted. But at the same time, it sucked me right in and I had trouble putting it down.Cameron, child-star and famous singer, is sentenced to a work-release at Riverbend, after the drunken car accident he caus [...]

    2. 4.5 Stars​​Strong Medicine is the second book by JK Hogan that I've read, and I must say, I love her writing! Her characters are well drawn and flawed and real. It's just so refreshing to just be able to relax into a story and just go on the journey with the characters. This is a fairly long book, too, but it did not feel like it, to me. I found myself so immersed in the story, I didn't even notice the time pass.​ I was also surprised that though the book has some angsty elements, I did no [...]

    3. This book has one of the most broken characters I've met in M/M, but the things that happened to Jonah as a child are not quite the standard abuse tropes of M/M. Still, close enough that this needs a big trigger warning on it. Jonah survived his bad times, and has managed to reach adulthood, but he's deeply damaged and circumscribed by what he went through. Twice a year, his panic attacks and hallucinations begin to crowd him, until he reaches the point where even his reclusive life as a writer [...]

    4. Wow - I started the book a few times (probably got to the second chapter) and it didn't grab me, but when the story took off, it took off and left me hanging on for dear life.Cameron Fox, former child star and lead singer in Foxfire (the family band managed by his asshat of a father), has a drunken car accident and ends up sentenced to a one-year work release program at Riverbend Behavorial Health Center, where he meets Jonah. Jonah voluntarily commits himself at Riverbend about twice a year whe [...]

    5. Not having read a book by Ms Hogan before it was definitely the synopsis (well, and the cover, because that’s just fabulous) that drew me in. I’m so glad I picked this book up because it’s one of those where you get really excited about discovering a new author. I love her writing style, it’s intelligent with beautiful phrases and a wealth of vocabulary. I got lost in J.K. Hogans words and just enjoyed traversing the highs and lows of a touching, tender and very emotional journey of two [...]

    6. -Re-read January 2018-I still feel the same about this as the first time I read it. It's a good book, but I constantly had the feeling it could have been more.-----------------3.5 starsThis was quite good, but I did feel as if something was missing. I can’t quite put my finger on it though.Cameron has been sentenced to help out in a mental health center after a DUI arrest. He needs to help out for a year and also join in on group therapy. Cameron knows it’s for the best, so he tries to make [...]

    7. 4 STARSI don't know how to review this book, I really liked it but Trigger Warning's for severe mental illness but chronic warning for severe childhood mental abuse It's a dark story and might be pushing it for some but not me.

    8. PHENOMENAL! MAGNIFICENT! IMPECCABLE! A GAZZILLION STARS!!! I am in love with this book <33333!! THIS is why I am so stingy with giving books 5 stars it's so I can rack em' up and give books like this one a gazillion of them <333333333!! *Looks at book and throws stars at it* - Take all my stars, take them <3333!!!I keep saying I'll add my thoughts at a later date and you HAVE to trust me here in that I will 100% absolutely <333!! I have SO much to say, all of it gushing and adorin [...]

    9. ARC received from author via Indigo Marketing And Design in exchange for an honest review.4,5 starsI am a sucker for deeply torn, broken characters who struggle to make sense of themselves and the world around them. This book certainly delivers that, and it did remind me in many ways of Nicola Haken's fabulous 'Broken'.Jonah has pretty much given up on himself. He has withdrawn from the world, mentally and physically, living as a recluse in a small cottage in the middle of nowhere, accepting his [...]

    10. 4.5 starsThis is the first book that I've read by this author. I had a bit of a tough time getting into it and I struggled over the first few chapters but boy am I glad I persevered, something happened around chapter 3 or 4 that drew me in. I became involved with Jonah and Cameron and their stories. I think getting Cameron away from his family had something to do with it. Suddenly he was a much nicer character, compassionate, kind and thoughtful rather than immature and whiney. Jonah hurt my hea [...]

    11. 4.5 Stars You can be crazy but only on the inside This book sucked me in and I had trouble putting it down. The topic was difficult but also it was so well written I felt like I was living it.I adored both characters. They had incredibly different upbringings but they found each other at the perfect time and helped to heal the past.

    12. I KNEW this book was going to tear me into shreds. I have a thing for completely "broken" boys. I my heart BROKE for Jonah. From the minute he came on page I knew I was in love with him and I knew he'd break my heart. Jonah is suffering from a mental illness that even his 3 therapists have a hard time diagnosing. But, he's trying, and does a biannual "vacation" at the Riverbend Behavioral Health Facility. Speaking of his therapistsI loved how he was "honest" with his therapists. If he didn't wan [...]

    13. Strong Medicine is the best book I have read so far in 2016!! It is not a Bubble Gum happy story, au contraire, we mostly found ourselves navigating between darkness and brokenness. I also want to give a fair warning that this story might be sensitive for some people. It is dealing with mental illness and childhood abuse, if those elements are triggering some intense emotional response from your part, you might want to pass up this book. It is a tough read, it taking us in the heart of 2 broken [...]

    14. -4.25 stars-This was really good. Only my second read by this author, but so far I have enjoyed both, so I think it's time to go grab a few more. we have Jonah, a 23 year old author, who has suffered greatly over his life time, stemming from something horrific that happened to him in childhood. he was never gotten the help he needed when he was younger, and now has recurrent and severe mental health episodes. Jonah checks himself in to the behavioural facility twice a year when these episodes co [...]

    15. I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.DNF @49%I'm kinda disappointed with myself more then the book. I've tried to read this for the past two days and I just kept thinking that I didn't like either character. Not in the romantic sense, or personally either. For me, I need to connect with the characters and both guys just wasn't doing it. I really like this author, and I love her writing. She wr [...]

    16. ARC received from author via Indigo Marketing And Design in exchange for an honest review.I’m not sure where to start with this one other than to say that I loved it. This is far from light hearted and the slow unveiling of Jonah’s past will have you engrossed from the beginning. Cameron escapes a jail sentence after being caught DUI and his alternative is to work in an institution for people with mental health issues, forced to go through therapy while there. It is during this time, that he [...]

    17. I absolutely loved this book and its characters! Mental illnesses do fascinate me. Jonah and his hallucinations and traumatic past really got under my skin.I have to admit, I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading this :) Highly recommended.

    18. This is a very particular story between Cameron and Jonah, two guys with a very different past. Cam is the front man of Foxfire, a pop group made up of Cameron and his siblings, with the aid of their overbearing stage-dad-slash-manager, and because he had the best singing voice, Cameron was lead vocals and guitar. But nothing is like it seems. Cam is also well-known as Kyle Chase (view spoiler)[ Chase & Sloan, one half of the dynamic show choir duo from his High-School-Musical-esque kid’s [...]

    19. 4 stars – Strong Medicine is a riveting read about the effects on two people’s lives that were essentially taken away from them at some point in their childhood and them finding an appropriate impetus for taking back control. This is my first exposure to J.K. Hogan’s work, and I enjoyed the journey.Cameron Fox is a 27-year-old former child TV star turned lead singer of his family’s popular teen-targeted band, Firefox, until they kick him out after getting into a car accident caused by hi [...]

    20. (Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews with a copy provided by the author / publisher for an honest review.)The minute I read the blurb on this book, I added it to my request list at Love Bytes. Not only the blurb, but the cover grabbed me. I’ll admit it, I’m a cover guy. I’ve bought more books over the years based on a covers than on blurbs, so a good one catches my eye immediately! I’m not sure how I managed to get this book, since Donna has reviewed all the works from this author [...]

    21. Cameron is what I would call a “B” list celebrity. He WAS a child star and now he’s in a band with his family and they are fairly popular but not “big stars”. When he gets a DUI the judge gives him a year of working at Riverbend, a psychiatric home as work release (at his father’s request). To make matters worse, Cameron’s dad kicks him out of the band for having a “bad image” and Cameron suspects that this image is not the DUI but the being gay.Jonah is a voluntary resident at [...]

    22. 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.What a wonderful story this was. Two guys each suffering for different reasons from the results of their upbringing find each other and click in ways that help each other heal.First, we have Cameron, a young man who was a child TV star who then became the front man for a band made up of his siblings, all managed by their controlling father. Losing his mother (and the only one who knew he was gay), coupled with the pressures of his family obligations, sent him [...]

    23. REVIEWED FOR PRISM BOOK ALLIANCEThis is my second JK Hogan book and to say I enjoy this authors writing is such an understatement. There is something very intense in the words she puts on page and this was especially true in Strong Medicine.Two superbly real, flawed and extremely broken characters that desperately try to carve out a piece of happy in their dark and imperfect lives – welcome to Cameron and Jonah’s story. Prepare for the inevitable book hangover when you finish this one, they [...]

    24. 4.5 Stars27 year old Cameron Fox, a former child-actor and frontman for his families pop band, Foxfire, is sentenced to a year long work release program at Riverbend behavioral Health, after he causes an accident while driving under the influence. 23 year old Jonah Radley suffers from disassociation and hallucinations, caused by a childhood trauma. He checks himself into Riverbend twice a year, to keep himself safe. Jonah agrees to therapy, but refuses to tell the doctors what happened when he w [...]

    25. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.While the language was beautiful and descriptive, I wasn't engrossed in this story immediately. However, that soon changed, once each character's life unfolded. Their current and past lives are not easy to take, and J.K. navigated through with thoughtful dialogue, depth of character, and a bit of humor.Mental illness is often a difficult subject for me to read; I suppose stories like this one hit a little too close to home, but I a [...]

    26. Book – Strong MedicineAuthor – J.K. HoganStar rating - ★★★★★No. of Pages – 278Cover – Really nice!POV – 3rd person, past tense, dual POVWould I read it again – Yes. With a lot of tissues.Genre – LGBT, Contemporary, Medical, Mental Health** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY THE AUTHOR, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **Reviewed for Divine MagazineWow! What can I say? I loved everything about this book.When it started, I'll admit, I found it a little strange to be introduced to Cam [...]

    27. threebooksovertherainbow.wordThere are books that you read and then you simply move on. Then there’s the books that stay with you, these are the special books that make you think and feel, the ones that leave a lasting impression. Strange medicine is one of those books, it’s going to stay with me for a long time. I was in the mood for a angsty book, I read the blurb and thought this fitted the bill rather nicely, but surprisingly, not as angsty as I thought it would be. It certainly has angs [...]

    28. If you’re looking for a light, sweet romance, this is definitely not the book for you. But if you can handle a story that’s a bit darker… a story with a hero who is deeply damaged and finally given a lifeline… If you want a book that’s truly compelling — well, clear your schedule and start reading. Once you get a few chapters in, this story won’t let you go.The majority of this story takes place inside of the walls of a psychiatric facility. Cameron is there, working as part of a D [...]

    29. REVIEW @Scattered Thoughts and Rogue WordsStrong Medicine was my first book by JK Hogan and it really surprised me. Reading the blurb I have to admit I was a little scared at the start, afraid it was going to be hard to take. It was exactly what I was expecting, I hurt so much through all the story. Still it was so worthed.Cameron and Jonah are completely different: the first is a former child prodige, just being excluded by his whole big family from their band and sent by a judge to a behaviora [...]

    30. I became a fan of Ms. Hogan’s when I read her Coming About series. I loved her writing, character development and stories so I knew I had to read this book. And although it was a really, really tough read, I’m glad I read it. Both boys’ growth and maturity as well as learning to live and love was a long arduous journey. Jonah suffered a MAJOR trauma as a child that was never properly dealt with. I hate his mother for not getting him the help he needed as a child and for basically sweeping [...]

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