The Veranda (Lavender Shores #3)

Author: Rosalind Abel

Publisher: Self

Rating: 2.5 stars

Buy Links:  Amazon

Type: Novel

Received from Publisher


Blurb: Donovan Carlisle helps countless people in Lavender Shores with his skills as a therapist. It seems, however, that his ability to enable others to live their happiest life only works outside of himself. Donovan truly loves his life, but isn’t able to find a relationship that satisfies his heart’s craving. Maybe the problem is that the only man he wants is off-limits.
Spencer Epstein came to Lavender Shores to find himself. Instead, he married one of the local town beauties. He’d thought his prayers had finally been answered. Then, he met his pregnant fiancée’s brother. It turned out those answered prayers were just cruel twists of fate.
A decade later, after a divorce and crumbling of all Spencer thought was set in stone, he sees his brother-in-law at a masquerade sex party. He takes full advantage of the anonymity and acts on the desires he’s held at bay all those years. The problem is, those silent and frenzied moments didn’t satiate anything. The fire and heat between the two men only grows as secrets are uncovered and they must determine if the cost of their passion is too high.


Review: The Veranda is the 3rd book in the Lavender Shores series by Rosalind Abel. While I enjoyed the first 2 books, I think I have issues with this one. I read this a bit ago and I still can’t come up with the words to describe what I’m feeling.

Let me start with some names. In this book we have the town psychiatrist, Donovan Carlisle, and the San Francisco lawyer, Spencer Epstein. Smell something fishy there? You see, because if read the first two books you understand! It’s one of the biggest things I can’t get my head around. The Epstein’s and the Carlisle’s are related. Since I just dropped that bomb on you, let me explain. I’m not spoiling anything; it’s all right there in the blurb. Spencer married Donovan’s half-sister! EEK! I’m sorry, but I can’t. Isn’t there some sort of bro-code or family-code? Something? You don’t screw someone your sister (or brother) screwed?

I think I let the lack of code taint my judgement of this book. Spencer and Donovan meet at a sex party, but they have masks on, so do they know who each other are? After the party they keep bumping in to each other in town, because hello, it’s Lavender Shores. Spencer has two kids with Donovan’s sister, and Donovan is pretty involved in the kids’ lives. I’m not sure how or why neither one of them thought they could hide from each other if Spencer is going to be around Lavender Shores more. Since the divorce Spencer lives in San Francisco, so he’s not around much.

There wasn’t so much drama here, but more of figuring out the how. I liked the easiness of their relationship. They’re older, so they don’t play games. It was refreshing. They just worked together and it was nice to see. Not everything is so easy though. I did find it fascinating that Donovan truly wanted to know what Gilbert thought. That right there told me my thoughts from book two were valid. That Gilbert and Donovan’s relationship definitely blurred some lines and they were too close. Spencer had his own issues to deal with, like his love of Cats. 😉

“For the first time in my life, I was being exactly who I was. And while maybe that should’ve been the most terrifying thing in the world, it felt absolutely amazing.”

We did get to see Andrew’s pervy dad, Robert. Also, I wanted to throat punch Erica. I don’t care if she was sorry for what she said/did or not. I am waiting for Connor’s book! Yep. It used to be Lamont I wanted the most, but nope. I needed Connor’s book yesterday.

If you want a feel of the town or see the family trees you can visit This is a great way to get familiar with all the names/families/town.

Overall, if you can get over the screwing the same person your ex-wife/half-sister did then this is a great story. I know the circumstances and I still can’t, but maybe you can. Penis cookies for everyone!

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.