My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a good start to a new series from Annabeth which sees a whole host of characters set in a fictional Oregon coastal town trying to reinvent itself as an LGBTQ+ holiday destination.
I loved Mason, determined to do better than his no good family when he returned to his home town. Nash took a while to warm too but he fit his character well.
I also love a good May to December romance and there was enough of an age gap here for it to work well, Nash being nearly 40 to Mason’s 27.
There’s a small amount of angst, mostly due to Nash’s fears about coming out in a town which still thinks his hard headed father was the best Police Chief they’ve ever had, footsteps he finds it hard to walk in.
Madison’s deadbeat brother also adds to the tensions as he keeps landing his daughter on Mason without warning, which adds to the complications of their relationship.
This one is perhaps lacking a little of the lightness which I’ve found in Annabeth’s previous books but it works for this setting. There’s none of the quirky nerdism of her Gaymers series or the military banter found in the Out of Uniform books but there is still some humour.
For me though, the vandalism sub plot didn’t work at all and wasn’t really explained as to why those responsible for it would be doing it.
I did enjoy the book though and I’m looking forward to finding out more and seeing what happens with Curtis and Logan and who will be the right guy for Adam.
#ARC provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review