Author: Rosalind Abel
Rating: 3 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Lamont Price’s romance novels have been a hit for the past few years. With his gorgeous looks, kind heart, and tender disposition, Lamont is the darling of Lavender Shores. He’s the guy everyone wants to be their best friend, the guy everyone wants to protect. But even with his success and the love of his family, Lamont feels hidden from those around him. Maybe the first step is attending a writing conference and revealing the man behind his pen name….
Tyler Dixon survives off his beauty and charm. From cover model to runway fashion to weekend arm candy, Tyler’s prices aren’t cheap. While his appearance is taking him places, his life as an artist has little more than flatlined. When an author hires him to appear as the face of her brand, Tyler thinks it’s just one more job. Little does he know another writer is going to steal all of his attention.
Escaping the conference to find some breathing room, Lamont runs into Tyler at a bar. Casual conversation leads to Lamont revealing his family’s obsession with helping him find love. It’s not a big deal to Tyler, who has played the role of boyfriend for other people in the past. Before either of them can rethink the situation, Tyler is in Lavender Shores meeting Lamont’s family. Though they’re only pretending to be in a relationship, the chemistry that ignites between them is anything but imaginary…
Review: I’ve been looking forward the Lamont’s installment for this series. Sadly, I think I was expecting more than what we got from The Shipwreck. Not saying this was bad, because it’s not, just not what I wanted for Lamont. Listen to that, ME, what I wanted. Selfish, I know, but it’s the truth.
Lamont is a 45 year old romance writer and his parents constantly try setting him up looking for the next member of the Kelly/Price family. Lamont is content with his life and would rather not have all the setups.
When meeting Tyler, the 32 year old cover model at a convention, he offers to be Lamont’s date for the baby shower Lamont has to attend. Lamont KNOWS his parents, so he should have realized that when he brought someone home his parents were going to have them married by the end, because that’s how they are. I guess I didn’t understand why Lamont thought it was a good idea.
I actually missed the “family” feel/friends in this installment. Yeah, we saw them a few times, but I would have thought Lamont and Donovan or someone would have had some one on one time. I felt bad for Lamont. It seemed like whenever someone needed him he was always right there, but where were they when Lamont needed someone? I don’t mean his parents either.
The actual shipwreck was amazing and I loved Lamont had that space for himself.
Tyler’s secrets. This is where I have issues. He should have told Lamont up front. I don’t care if it would or wouldn’t have changed this, he should have been up front about it. Maybe it’s just that I’m getting old, but I thought Lamont should have known before anything happened between the two of them.
There were actually a couple of scenes that happened between Lamont and Tyler and they didn’t scream Lamont to me. It felt like Tyler was trying to change Lamont in ways I didn’t like. When you read them, you might know which scenes I’m talking about.
Overall, I liked this, but it went in a direction I didn’t care for. Your mileage may vary with this one as I’m probably the odd one out.