This is the third book in the Sue Brown series about the Isle of Wight and I had already bought and read the first two. I really wanted to know what was going to happen to Wig and Nibs and Paul and Olaf’s relationships, and to receive a review copy was extra special.
Author: Sue Brown
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
The Isle Series: Book Three
Wig Tobias and Nibs Tyler have been together for a long while, but this year their love is about to be tested. Their business, the Blue Lagoon Restaurant on the Isle of Wight, is vandalized, and it may or may not be a coincidence that the neighbors want to buy them out. Making matters stickier, the police don’t seem interested in investigating until a friend of the couple, an out of town copper, prods them to take action.
Their friends, Paul and Olaf, Liam and Sam, and the whole Owens family come to help Wig and Nibs in their time of need. But Paul and Olaf may need a nudge from Wig and Nibs to keep their relationship alive. Meanwhile, a dear friend falls gravely ill. And if that’s not enough, Nibs has been hiding his own medical problems from Wig. When a gale strikes the Isle of Wight, the Blue Lagoon and its owners could be facing the end—unless they and their friends can unravel the knot of misfortune one hitch at a time.
After meeting the ‘Owens Family’ en masse in the first two ‘Isle…’ books, it was a slight change of pace to have Wig and Nibs as the central figures in Isle of Waves. We have met them before and were in fact introduced to the seafront restaurant owners in ‘Isle of Where?’ the first novel. As with all Sue Brown’s characters they have depths and flaws and are real three dimensional people. It could have been a stereotypical pairing of Bear with femme twink, but here the ‘twink’, Wig, is a decade older than the ‘bear’, Nibs. They are wonderful characters and as situations call for the reintroduction of the Owens’ clan forcefully into their lives, their reactions change and grow as they would in real life. None of us can be our best and ‘on form’ twenty fours hours a day, seven days a week. However, this, of course, is not real life and the secondary characters are often more extreme than you would normally meet everyday, for effect.
The effect created is funny, gentle, sad and memorable. Sue Brown’s character driven plots are life in microcosm, and always leave me wanting more. I feel at home in her series and that is not to say that you don’t get surprises or twists, you do, but I know I will also get an enjoyable well edited, well thought out story. Her sex scenes are sexy, her love scenes romantic and her outlook on life gentle and aspirational.
This series is not for those seeking gritty, heart wrenching angst. This series is a joyous escape into a world I recognise as England with all her wonders and shames. Although written for an American market, where spellings etc. are concerned, I’m glad to see that when English characters are speaking we get English spellings, I like to see an arse instead of an ass, occasionally. 😉
Wig and Nibs are a memorable couple, and I sincerely hope there is at least one more book in this series so I can discover if things work out for Paul and Olaf.
I would like to thank Sue Brown and Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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