Pride weekend is over, but for Nathan Lucas, the summer is just heating up. He appears to have it all. He’s tall and blond, ripped and handsome, and half owner of Buchanan House, a successful gay retreat on Oregon’s beautiful central coast. But his joie de vivre hides a fear of abandonment. When he was twelve his mother had triplets, and instead of the cherished only child, Nathan became a scapegoat for his exhausted parents, and he has never truly dealt with that pain.
Portland chef Paulie Nesbitt is head over heels in love with Nathan. They’ve been drinking buddies with benefits for years, while Paulie has not-so-secretly yearned for more. Paulie’s extra pounds and self-doubt have kept him from acting on his feelings. Their friends know they would make the perfect couple, but Nathan and Paulie will have to let go of past insecurities if they want a future together.
I was so excited for this book because I wanted Paulie and Nathan’s story. After seeing them in the first book I knew they’d be so good together! The story didn’t live up to my expectations as much as I would have liked. I knew there would be some angst and they would be apart for part of the book because of the obstacles they face. But it went on too long. I reached a point reading the story that I stopped understanding why they were apart. Literally everyone else in the story was telling them to stop being dramatic. Both Nathan and Paulie were repeatedly told they both love each other and how obvious it was to everyone around them. I needed both of them to figure it out a good three or four chapters earlier.
Once they did, they were so beautiful together. They are so happy together and their love is so complete and full it bursts from the page. Both Nathan and Paulie’s need to make happy, and affection for their friends is wonderful. They work to ensure others are on the road to happiness and find their own happy endings as well.
I love the family created in these stories with all the people involved in making Buchanan House a success and those they’re brining into the fold. There are still plenty others that I want to see happy endings for and people I want to grow and be happy. I hope the series continues because I will gladly keep reading.
Three and a half
Charley Descoteaux has always heard voices. She was relieved to learn they were fictional characters, and started writing when they insisted daydreaming just wasn’t good enough. In exchange, they’ve agreed to let her sleep once in a while. Charley grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area during a drought, and found her true home in the soggy Pacific Northwest. She has survived earthquakes, tornadoes, and floods, but couldn’t make it through one day without stories.
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