Title: Chasing the Horizon
Author: Scotty Cade
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Sequel to Sunrise Over Savannah
Needing a lifestyle change, Garner Holt, an uptight workaholic psychologist, buys a sailboat and trades in his prestigious job in New York City for a life on the water. After engine failure and six weeks in Savannah, Georgia for repair, he arrives in Key West, Florida early one morning and encounters a half-dressed hooligan walking along the docks of the marina. Garner immediately thinks this barefoot and shirtless man with a shaved head, multiple tattoos, and piercings in every orifice is going to rob him. He prepares for the worst. Instead, the stranger passes Garner by and climbs on a boat two slips down. With the threat of danger gone, Garner is surprisingly intrigued.
Hawken Bristol is used to being on the receiving end of stereotypes. He sees the fear on the stranger’s face, recognizes the rigidity in his stance, but is too tired from his wild night of partying to engage the frightened stranger. A few cat and mouse encounters around town lead to an uncanny attraction. However, after Garner helps Hawken dock his boat in a windstorm, sparks start to fly. But this new liaison brings up old baggage that threatens to derail everything they have going.
Anyone who reads Sunrise Over Savannah wants sailing psychiatrist, Garner, to find his man and finally get his happy ending. So, I am so excited about Garner’s story, Chasing the Horizon. Still sailing around on his boat AquaTherapy, Garner stops in Key West and soon sees hunky, but physically frightening, Hawk. Garner is a little shaken, but he can’t get the beautiful man with a shaved head, tattoos, and piercings out of his mind. A sexy coupling soon develops between the two.
I’ll be honest … Hawk isn’t exactly who I had in mind for Garner. He has rough edges, enjoys one night stands and quick hook-ups, and his choices about his physical appearance creates an automatic barrier between Hawk and the world. Garner is still “Mr. Clean Cut All American” who I imagine is a walking advertisement for Polo Ralph Lauren. Yet, despite their obvious differences, Garner and Hawk “work.” They complement each other in ways both men don’t even realize they need. Hawk brings out Garner’s raw sexuality, and eases Garner’s crushing loneliness. Garner reaches beyond Hawk’s physical façade to find the man who at times needs calming and sincere love instead of a quick emotionless physical release.
This story isn’t perfect – Garner’s analysis of Hawk feels a little unnatural, and he occasionally sounds more like Hawk’s therapist than his lover. Also, I honestly expect Hawk to be more “damaged,” when he is instead mostly rebellious. However, the story of Garner and Hawk’s love is a pleasant and smooth read, fraught with relationship angst and miscommunication. As a subplot, Hawk’s friend Justin’s story is so gut wrenching and ultimately heartwarming that it alone is reason enough to enjoy Chasing the Horizon.
With Chasing the Horizon, Scotty Cade has once again delivered an endearing story filled with vibrant characters who find love and the promise of a happy life together. I highly recommend that you read Chasing the Horizon – but please read Sunrise Over Savannah first since you will surely have a greater understanding of Garner if you’re introduced to him in the first book of this series.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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