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Buck, now... Buck has earned a special place in my pocket and in my heart. Buck's a gentle giant. He's so innocent and awkward and he stumbles over his words when trying to talk to Joey and I just love him so. There's an instant attraction between him and Joey that has Buck so far out of his comfort zone he doesn't know whether to scratch his watch or wind his butt. It was a delight to watch him gather up his courage to pursue Joey, who, frankly, didn't need any encouragement. Buck is hotness personified (think Thor with the temperament of Gentle Ben). He's so adorable I just want to eat him up!
One of the things I loved the most about this book is the realism. Even with a fantastical storyline of mobsters, kidnapping, trafficking and whatnot, everything rang true to me. The relationship was anything but rushed and the fact that Buck realized he needed time on his own to get his head on straight and actually seeking out therapy before pursuing anything further with Joey was so refreshing to read.
Now, the blurb warns that tissues may be needed. I didn't agree with that at first. In truth I didn't agree with that for 98% of the book. But, danged if I didn't cry at the end. They were happy tears, but I did experience some serious facial leakage.
Elle Keaton is proving to be a masterful storyteller and I'm eager to see what she does next. This author is one to watch for, folks. The lady has some serious talent.
The chemistry between Joey and Bucky may not be instantaneous since Joey didn't even remember Bucky when Bucky stopped him and said hello in the store but you just know its lurking in the shadows, kind of like when the bad guys are preparing to spring a trap. That's not so say I'm comparing Bucky and Joey's connection to bad guys just the "around the corner" feel.
Overall Series Review:
Luckily for me I didn't have to wait before reading No Pressure, I was able to go straight from book one to book two. Are these standalones? No. Yes, there are resolutions to the mystery in Storm Season but not the whole picture. You really must read them in order but you won't be disappointed because Accidental Roots kept me on the edge of my seat so much I probably would have been safer to just sprawl on the floor and neglect everything around me until I finished. Wherever you choose to sit, or sprawl, this is definitely a series that will hold your attention to the very end. Elle Keaton is new to me and with Accidental Roots she has certainly found her way towards the top of my author's to watch list.
No Pressure is Book 2 in the Accidental Roots series. I expected this story to be a continuation of Book 1 and about Micah and Adam but it was not. I highly recommend you read this series in the appropriate order, though. The crime story from the first book continues in this one so all that background will be necessary for this one. The MC's in this book, Joey and Buck were introduced in Book 1.
Joey is a nurse at the hospital and has a pretty good life. He has a good relationship with his parents, and always had. He loves his job, and he enjoys volunteering at the local dog shelter taking dogs for walks. The one area his life is lacking is love. He'd love to find love but has given up and accepted that he will remain single. Joey doesn't realize it but Buck has had a crush on him since high school. Buck has decided to make his interest known but he's awkward and Joey is distracted by messages he's receiving. Joey is forced into helping criminals and it's taking a toll on him. Adam notices the changes to Joey and calls his friend Micah to share his suspicions and to get Adam's help.
I really enjoyed this book! Both MC's were likable from their introduction in the first book and I was happy to get to know them better. Buck did not have a happy childhood and what we learn throughout this story is that this town is full of secrets. Buck is working to overcome the way he was raised and to not allow his father's actions control him from the grave. He has a good support system of friends and his business is growing. We also got to see characters from the first book, including Adam and Micah and were introduced to new characters.
This story and the continuing mystery felt more cohesive than the first book and it felt like there was a more conclusive HEA ending. I think the author's writing showed a lot of improvement from the first book and definitely makes me want to read the next book in the series.
Rating: 4 stars