My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I do like it when Ed writes a solid, low angst, sweet and a little bit steamy romance.
Book three in the new Hart’s Bay series is just that as it’s the first which doesn’t have a direct connection to the Hart family and the history of the town.
Ezra is a quirky and colourful character, but he’s also a little bit wounded from a loss in his younger life which marked him and which fuels his fears.
Rusty, on the other hand, isn’t sure what life has in store but he’s back in his home town to risk all on a project as a seaweed farmer.
He’s also always identified as straight but he knows he’s attracted to Ezra the first time he lays eyes on the red-haired artist.
Ezra’s crush is just as quick and they become close friends. I liked the twist of this being both a slowness burn but also a fairly fast acknowledgement that there were feelings.
The tension in the plot mostly comes from internal fears but also a couple of sea-related incidents which work well enough to alter the pace.
While the rest of the gang is around, there not as heavily involved in this book as they were with the first two, although there are enough hints given that book four will be Aaron’s before it’s confirmed in the Afterward.
I’m really liking this new series from Ed and eager for more.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.