The Palisade (Lavender Shores #1)

Author: Rosalind Abel

Publisher: Self

Rating: 3 stars

Buy Links:  Amazon

Type: Novel

Received from Publisher


Blurb:  Confident businessman Joel Rhodes sees the small California town of Lavender Shores as nothing more than a business opportunity and a final stepping stone to the position he’s been working toward his entire life. It was supposed to be just one night in town to close the deal, and sleeping with one of the local men, no matter how gorgeous, meant nothing more than a few hours of fun.
Andrew Kelly is perfectly content with the life he has in his hometown. So much so that the only thing missing is someone to share it with. Going to bed with a tourist was never meant to be the answer to his dreams, just a beautiful distraction. He could get back to looking for Mr. Right the next day.
Both Andrew’s and Joel’s worlds are turned upside down when a few hours of pleasure get extended to a couple of days. Even that shouldn’t have been a big deal. You can’t fall in love in that amount of time. That isn’t how it works. However, if destinies collide, a few short days may be all it takes to find your soul mate. Even so, when secrets and motivations get tangled, fate may do nothing more than leave two hearts in pieces.


Review: The Palisade is the first book of The Lavender Shores series by Rosalind Abel, which is the sexier pen name of Brandon Witt. Lavender Shores is a small town, about an hour away from San Francisco and is very LGBT friendly. I loved the setting of Lavender Shores and the small town feel; no two stores of the same kind allowed, no chains at all, everybody knows everybody.

The very first chapter of this and I knew I was in insta-love territory. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an insta-love kind of girl, but these two haven’t even spoken yet and I was already rolling my eyes.

Andrew Kelly is very Disney and is from one of the founding families of Lavender Shores. His heart belongs there and never wants to leave.

“The rest of the world was fine, but Lavender Shores was in my blood, as much a part of me as anything else. In my twenties, I’d still sit at the top of the palisade staring out at the sea, and dream of a man coming to town and loving me.”

Joel Rhodes is a business man and is looking to branch out his father’s company. He’s in Lavender Shores for business from San Francisco, not meet a man like Andrew Kelly. He’s to show his father that he’s not worthless and he can do what his father expects of him.

“God, he drove me crazy. The tests never stopped. Ever. Three-and-a-half decades of task after task to determine if I was worthy of the Rhodes and Harvest Coffee legacy.”

It took me a really long time to warm up to Joel. We, as readers, know what’s going on his head, but Andrew doesn’t. My heart broke for Andrew as I turned each page.

Small town meets big city, what’s going to happen?

I really liked Lamont, Andrew’s brother that we meet, and Andrew’s best friend Gilbert. Connor even made me curious and he was just a mention. Everybody is gay in this town (or cool with it), so I expect this series to go on for a while and, to be honest, I don’t mind.

Overall, the dirty talk was kind of weird, Andrew’s father is rather pervy, Joel was kind of a jerk, and hopefully you don’t get a toothache while reading because this will put you in a sugar coma it’s so sweet.


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