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The Veranda (Lavender Shores) Paperback – 26 Aug 2017
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This was a foray into the worlds of Donovan and Spencer. Both very likeable MC's who had missed each other 10 years prior when their paths first crossed but were heading in different directions. Clearly told from both POV, we find out what happens when Spencer becomes a free agent again after marriage and children, which then sets them on an emotional journey together.
It is what I would call a gentle read but is also one that keeps you hooked from the get go. There are a lot of good secondary characters, some of whose stories are yet to be told I'm sure. Romantic, sensitively played where the children are concerned, with some angst, yet funny at times, we see their relationship progress. It is also hot and sexy as they get to know each other in a more biblical sense (pretty much in the first few pages) and then some!
This is a series I return to when I want a good, solid read with likeable characters and a sense of family not always related by blood.
Looking forward to book 4.
When Donovan met Spencer ten years ago, it was on Spencer's engagement to Donovan's sister. All that time, they had feelings for each but they were never acted upon . But when Spencer's marriage fell apart and he finds himself at masquerade sex party, and Donovan is there too, he can't pass up this chance to have him, even if its just once, and Donovan won't know who he is. But Donovan DID know. And he wants more.
This is book three in the Lavender Shores series, but you don't need to have read the first two to follow this. It might help to read book two first though, because Donovan plays a large part I that book. Not necessary, just might help.
I'm loving this series, I really am. They are easy books to read, and that's a good thing, especially for me currently.
They are told from both men's point of view, in the first person and it flips from chapter to chapter with each change clearly headed. Ya'll know its not my favourite way for a book to be written, but I knew that after book one they would be this way, and I think that helps massively.
You get each man's reaction to that encounter at the party, each man's attempt to stay away and you get it all in glorious detail when they finally, fully and totally give in to each other.
I love how these books have no major break up in them. They are full of story, and plots and people's reactions, but seriously? Lavender Shores is the best place in the damn world to live! I loved how, while obviously hurt by what Donovan and Spencer do, Erica can see they are happy together and she doesn't keep Spencer's kids from him.
While I am loving the easy reads that these books really are, I find myself waiting.....waiting.....waiting.....for that one in the series that has a bit more bite, is a bit more heart wrenching, gut churning, emotionally devastating. One book to tip it over the edge and give it those full five stars. It will be either one alike that, or one that is far too stinking cute and warm and fuzzies all at the same time, that tips it over! But I have no doubt, there will be a five star book in this series, I just gotta bide my time.
An extremely well written, well delivered, well needed...
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Donovan had been in love with his brother-in-law since the first time he met Spencer at his engagement party when he was introduced to the man his pregnant half sister Erika was marrying.
What he hadn't known, until 10 years later, after Erika had an affair and the couple had divorced, was that Spencer had been fighting the same attraction and feelings.
This romance could have been a hot mess, but it's handled with sensitivity and real consideration of all those involved, including Spencer and Erika's two children.
As more is found out about Spencer's life, the more it becomes clear how he'd ended up in a marriage with Erika, while Donovan had been unable to let his feelings go.
This book is also smoking hot, suit porn at its finest and the office encounter is up there with the best erotica. But there's also lots and lots of emotions and feelings too.
The two men are understandably concerned about the fall out their relationship will bring an for a time, things get a bit sticky. I was also pleasantly surprised to see Erika be a far more rounded person than the utter bitch she'd been in Gilbert's book. I felt for her a little in this one.
Oh, and Spencer is right, Cats is a spectacular musical, dinner theatre or not ;)
At Spencer Epstein's engagement party to Erica he had fallen deeply, irrevocably in love. The problem being it wasn't with his pregnant fiancee. Now ten years later his wife has left him for another man and he is trying to find his true self again. He is in San Francisco at a party when he sees the object of his affections and makes a decision which will turn their lives around.
Donovan Carlisle is Erica Epstein's half brother and works as a therapist to young people living in Lavender Shores. For ten years he has held on to a secret which would devastate his family.
The way this story has been spun into the finished article is exceptional. A really beautiful piece of writing and definitely the whole series should be a one-click buy. They just keep getting better and better. So what is in store for Book 4, The Shipwreck? Can't wait!
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