Author: Skylar M. Cates
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Life is a thread connecting us. One pull and it all unravels.
Cole Gannon arrives in the seaside town of Ocean Vista to work as a bartender and finally find a place to belong. Determined to make a home for himself, Cole lives happily with his four colorful roommates, whom he considers brothers. The only problem is Cole’s attraction to Ian Stark—a guy all wrong for him. He wishes he didn’t keep running into the sexy lawyer.
Ian knows Cole is attracted to him, but the younger man keeps him at arm’s length. It only makes Ian more determined to be with Cole and learn all his secrets. But while Ian has built a successful law practice, he hasn’t done too well with relationships.
When a sudden and devastating tragedy occurs, it shatters Cole’s world and throws Cole and Ian together in unexpected ways. In an instant, everything between them changes forever.
Review: I adore this author’s writing. She has a way of really engaging me with her characters. This story was sweet, sexy and sad. 😦 There wasn’t any uncontrollable sobbing but there were tears. The older man and younger man dynamic was pretty sexy in this one. Once the MCs give into their attraction the romance is really lovely. I love the secondary characters in this book. They have their own stories I want to know about. I know if I could I’d devour their books right now if I could. Angst lovers will like this one.
Cole is a self proclaimed slut who is a bartender a few nights a week at a local gay bar. After the revolving door of boyfriends his mother brought home when he was a kid, he doesn’t really believe in relationships. He lives in a house with his roommates who have become his family. All the men in the house have been turned away from their families for one reason or another. They’ve found something special with each other. Tragedy forced them out of their happy place. Cole turns to Ian the sexy lawyer for comfort. Cole has been resisting Ian’s flirting for awhile. Their connection is something they’ve never experienced before. It’s instant and explosive. Cole hasn’t ever had someone to fill the lover and friend role and Ian so obviously wants to be that for him.
There is a lot of grief and finding a way to handle it and heal in this book. For a while Cole is drowning in it. Ian helps him feel something good. Something to balance out all the pain he’s feeling. He’s there for him and brings him joy he never really thought he’d feel. Especially not with a guy like Ian. Ian is a workaholic from a conservative upbringing. Being totally smitten for Cole isn’t like him. The story is told from both Ian and Cole’s POVs which is nice because you really understand how they’re feeling and why they’re falling for each other.
The cast of messed up but lovable roommates really made this story for me. I wish I could wrap them all up in a hug and wipe away whatever it is that haunts those poor guys. Some of it is going to be dark and ugly but it’s too late for me to turn back now. I’m in! I’m hoping this will be a series because I NEED to know what Marc and Tomas history is about. I NEED to know that River will be okay. I’d like to see poor Sandy find someone who appreciates how sweet he is. Hopefully this is the start to what will I’m sure be a great series of broken men healing and finding love. Another great book from this author.