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- Print Length: 254 pages
- Publisher: Wings of Ink Publications, LLC (July 25, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072KT4PTD
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,152 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am absolutely loving this series! This story definitely works as a standalone, although we met Gilbert in the previous book and we do get to check in with Joel and Andrew from The Palisade. It also had a very different feel to it, adding a bit of angst, but still bringing the sex and romance I loved with the last book.
Gilbert has been in therapy since he was 16 years old and still can’t forgive himself for what happened back then. He ran from gossipy Lavender Shores as quickly as he could and only goes back occasionally to visit his family. He is now back to attend his best friend Andrew’s engagement party. Sexy, with an arrogant air about him, he is a successful jewelry designer and has set about working his way through the male population between Lavender Shores and Lake Tahoe. Walden, on the other hand, dreamed of living in Lavender Shores since he used to drive through it as a child with his religious, disapproving parents. He is now living out his dream, recently moved in and working as a teacher. Walden may dress a bit nerdy, but there is so much more beneath that surface. He also has had his share of heartache, pain and regret and is now living in a self-imposed state of celibacy. It seems to be sticking until he meets Gilbert at the gym. One intense hook-up and each is stuck in the other’s head.
Told in alternating points of view, the story starts off with several hook ups over a period of about six months, jumping from meeting to meeting. Each man has their own reason for not wanting a relationship. When they realize how much they are looking forward to being with each other, how much they miss each other in between and that feelings are getting involved, they decide that they need to put the brakes on things. Can they be friends without benefits those times when Gilbert returns to Lavender Shores? If not, can they go back to existing without having a presence in each others’ lives? Yeah, right – we all know that’s not going to happen!
This story had a more serious tone than the last one. Gilbert’s and Walden’s issues are all within themselves. There are no outside influences trying to keep them apart or working to ruin them. Both men are struggling with pasts they don’t think they can ever overcome. Neither thinks he is worthy of the other. They each have plenty of self-doubt, self-loathing and aren’t willing to cut themselves a break. Although there are hints from the start about some of what Gilbert went through as a teenager, Walden’s past is a bit more mysterious and it didn’t pan out completely the way I expected.
While they immediately realize that they are perfect for each other sexually, it takes a bit longer for them to realize that they also are in a position to offer each other the emotional support and understanding, without judgment, that others have been unable to. In bed, from the start, they are explosive together! The dirty talk, the no holds barred sex, each is able to get just what they want and need from the other. When things start to get to the “more than just sex point” the intensity of the kissing alone…. Wow! But just as good is the emotional aspect of the story. I loved being with them as they worked through their issues individually and together. Gilbert makes good use of his therapy sessions while Walden unburdens himself to Gilbert. The mutual trust and understanding they build is touching and something neither expected.
“One day we’re going to believe we deserve each other.”
As much as I liked the first book, I liked Gilbert and Walden’s story even more. Even though they really start to fall for each other over the course of those first few meetings, this isn’t insta-love. These two work for it. The emotional breakthroughs and honest conversations between the men grabbed me just as much as the super hot sex. The more I got into the story, the more their layers were revealed and the more I realized what a struggle it really would be for both of them to get to their HEA, made me root for them even harder. Their HEA was well earned and I am so happy I was on the journey with them. I can’t wait for the next story in this series.