Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: An Isle Novel
Counselor Logan Wilde has a successful therapy practice in London, but when a traumatic incident there leaves him suffering from PTSD, he takes refuge in his holiday cottage on the Isle of Wight, unable to face going back to work. Not that he’s allowed to relax. Logan’s time is taken up with helping Liam Owens, plus there’s Nick Brent, whom Logan discovers collapsed on the beach. Nick and Logan spend their time bickering with each other, but that doesn’t alter the attraction they feel.
Logan is forced to make some hard decisions about his future, which entails facing up to recent events. Only he’s not alone—Nick is with him. Unfortunately someone else makes a decision too, and now trouble is on its way to the Isle of Wight.
Review: Island Counselor is the second book in the Island Medics series. As events that happened in the previous book have a direct impact on one of the MCs in this book, I would recommend reading the series in order. This series is a spin-off from The Isle of Wight series. This series can be read independently of the original, although the stories of some of the supporting characters are featured in the original series.
Logan has retreated to the one place he feels safe after nearly dying at the hands of an enraged abuser after helping the man’s wife, a patient of Logan’s, seek help to get away from her alcoholic husband. At his holiday cottage on the aisle of Wight, Logan could heal from his wounds, both physical and mental, without being confronted with the attack he had endured at his London therapy practice on a daily basis. Although now healed from his injuries, Logan is still unable to contemplate going back to work or his home located above the practice.
Nick is a fisherman. He’s used to the hard, physical activity of life on a trawler, so when an injury from an accident lays him out with weeks of recovery, his slow recuperation leaves him frustrated and cranky. On top of that, his lengthy time away also leaves his employment at risk. Logan comes across Nick during one of Logan’s daily beach runs and senses something lies behind the man’s prickly attitude. Refusing to leave him alone, Logan offers Nick a lift home. During the walk back up the beach and the drive home, they get to talking and, when Nick admits to being bisexual, flirting, and they both realise they actually enjoy each other’s company.
Their relationship develops quickly as a breakfast date becomes an entire day, and they end up spending as much time together as they can. Even though Logan has some fears that Nick is more into hook-ups than relationships, he finds himself enjoying being around Nick too much to let those fears stop him from hoping for more. Just when Logan feels like he’s finally getting his life back, his past comes to find him, threatening to take it all away, along with his life.
I loved the original series of the inhabitants of the Isle of Wight that this series is a spin-off from. This book didn’t quite reel me in as much as those did, but I did still enjoy it. I liked getting to know Logan and Nick and it was wonderful seeing the characters from previous books again. I liked both MCs, although I have to say I liked Nick the most out of the two of them. I got frustrated with Logan thinking Nick only wanted a hook-up even after Nick had clearly shown him otherwise. It felt like it was being used as a convenient plot device to create some conflict that wasn’t even needed with everything else that was going on. Combined with Logan’s decision to go be a martyr that in reality put others, as well as himself at risk, left me annoyed with Logan’s character in those moments, especially because, again, it didn’t add anything to the storyline. However, outside of those few times where Logan’s actions and thoughts were out of sync with his character, I did find him likeable and I thought Logan and Nick were sweet as a couple. Their banter was fun and I enjoyed their interactions, but I never really felt a strong connection to them. It felt like the balance between their romance, Nick’s injury, and Logan’s dramas was a touch off and I think the romance aspect suffered a little for it.
The story itself was nicely resolved, but the actual ending just suddenly cut off pretty much mid conversation, which is pretty jarring. It would have been nice to at least get the end of their conversation! I did feel that the characters were left in a good place by the end of their story and I enjoyed getting to know them along the way. Overall, this was a nice story with good characters, a sweet romance, and characters that were pleasant to spend some time with.