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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1549585274
- Publication Date: August 25, 2017
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- Language: English
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This is another very romantic story in the Lavender Shores series. While they all work as standalone stories, I’d suggest reading from the start, not just because the stories are all so good, but also because the history of this unique town has been explained, the characters have all been introduced before and favorite couples return in each book. This story takes place two years from the start of the first book so there are plenty of updates on both Andrew and Joel and Gilbert and Walden.
Spencer has known he was gay since he was a child, but he had a problem accepting it. His preacher parents had him in years of therapy to try to pray the gay away. He thought his prayers had been answered with Erica and he moved to Lavender Shores with her to be married. Those thoughts changed the night of his engagement party when he met her half-brother Donovan and his whole carefully, but poorly, constructed pretend world came crashing down. Spencer shoved those feelings back down again, married Erica, had children and played the part of faithful husband. Donovan was similarly struck that night and the two have existed as brothers-in-law for 10 years while carefully trying to hide the lust and desire that never went away but grew. Now that Spencer is divorced he’s ready to try to live the way he was always meant to. When he discovers Donovan is at the same masquerade sex party, Spencer takes his chance and figures the anonymity will help. He doesn’t realize Donovan knows it’s him and the encounter sets the men on a path that has some very big obstacles to overcome.
One of Spencer’s obstacles is the internalized guilt that comes from growing up with his preacher family. He’s had an ingrained belief from a very young age that something was wrong with him being gay and he needed to work at changing it. Now he realizes how wrong that was, but still has a nagging voice that shows up occasionally. Donovan’s fears mostly revolve around his being with Spencer seen as betraying his family and how it would look to the residents of Lavender Shores. Both know the biggest hurdle to overcome will be how Spencer and Erica’s children will react. They fear that after spending so long pushing down their desires, that what they are building could all be ripped away in an instant.
Spencer and Donovan are another wonderful couple. They’re not kids and they don’t act like it, except maybe in bed. Spencer is all in on exploring everything he’s missed out on and these two definitely have fun. They also talk, for the most part and really try to make things work. A little help from their friends is the only other thing they really need to figure things out and it’s nice to see the support they receive from them when they couldn’t necessarily count on their families.
Even though the “I love yous” come quickly, this is not insta-love in my opinion. Spencer and Donovan have spent 10 years hiding their deeper feelings and getting to know each other as friends and family. Their new relationship moved quickly but naturally under the circumstances. I really adored these two together, from the sex to the banter and to their understanding and respect for each other, they were a great couple, but the familiarity they shared took away some of the intensity we got in the prior books which had more of a “will they won’t they” component, and it settled into a more quiet love story, making it feel different from the first two books. These two still had a lot to learn about each other and their exploration of everything they wanted but couldn’t have over the years was romantic and sexy, especially when Donovan gets to play out his fantasies surrounding his fantasies about a man in a suit.
I have to mention one part of the book that I struggled a bit with. If you’ve read the prior books, you’ve met Erica. She’s a bitch on wheels. Just nasty. Donovan and Spencer are apparently the only people in town that Erica doesn’t hold in public contempt, but even so and despite what we’re told about her not having a problem with LGBT people, she still uses Spencer’s homosexuality as a weapon against him and has from the start. Erica’s behavior is unpredictable and it’s not clear at all to me why Spencer ever actually loved her or even liked her. It’s a minor bother, but it still nagged at me throughout.
I’m going to say again that I’m really enjoying this series. Each book has had a different feel, but all of them have a good combination of romance, humor, drama, sex and a quirky town full of characters. I’m so glad there are more to come and I can’t wait for Lamont to finally find his HEA. This will be a perfect read for you if you like stories about people casting off their past to embrace the person they were always meant to be and finding their soulmate in the process.
In The Veranda we meet Spencer, a lawyer who recently divorced a woman from one of the founding families of Lavender Shores. Though he did care for his wife when they first got together, a lot of their relationship was formed by him trying not to be gay because of his religious parents. He stayed faithful but he had an attraction to someone else and after the divorce he gathers enough courage to make his move. It shouldn't be a big deal, since his ex wife is responsible for the split, and she has moved on. But the founding families are very important, and the man that Spencer is interested in is Donovan, the half brother of his ex wife.
We met Donovan in the last book when he was counseling Gilbert. Donovan was longing for someone, but we didn't know who until this book. I experienced just a little confusion at the beginning at how Donovan was the brother since his sister had a different last name because they share a father, but it is all explained a little bit further in the story. I didn't remember that many of the families in Lavender Shores take the wife's last name. Especially if the wife is part of the founding families. It's a bit of a quirky town, but with their massive LGBT support, I really wish the town was real and that I lived there.
There is a brief hesitation in regards to starting a relationship for both of them at the beginning of the book, considering the relationship between Donovan and his sister. They are both sure that it will rock the founding families and provide lots of gossip in the town, and Spencer has children to worry about as well. Their pause is warranted, but what I really liked was that the two men get over it pretty quickly. They admit to each other and themselves that they have both wanted each other and the secret feelings that they developed for each other are worth the risk of scandal.
What you have with The Veranda is a sweet romance of two characters that had been waiting for each other a long time. It is very steamy from the moment they met at a sex party to them exploring their kinks with each other. The rest of the characters in the story are ones we met before in the past two books and it's good to see them all again. Andrew's (from book 1) father is hilarious as always. As I continue the series, I am getting more and more wrapped up into this town and the people in it. I have been wanting Lamont's story since book one also, so I am so excited that it will be next. Definitely recommend this series and this book.
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