Author: Bru Baker
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Dropping Anchor: Book Two
When an inheritance fell in Ian Mackay’s lap, he fled the high-pressure banking industry and didn’t look back. Since then, he’s spent four years living carefree on the island of Tortola, his life a series of hookups and hanging out with friends.
After his best friend moves to Seattle and gets married, Ian finds himself lost. His unapologetic existence doesn’t hold the same appeal, and he wonders if he’s throwing his life away. After visiting Niall in Seattle, Ian decides to stay, but that means taking his life off hold and finding a real job. Meeting Luke Keys, who is about as far from a player as possible, isn’t the plan but might be just what Ian needs. Luke and his values intrigue Ian, and he pursues Luke ruthlessly until Luke agrees to a date.
Their courtship sweeps Ian off his feet, and when the relationship gets complicated, Ian has the chance to cut and run. Habits born from years of being on his own are hard to shake, and self-proclaimed playboy Ian must decide if love is worth fighting for.
After enjoying the first book in the Dropping Anchor series from Bru Baker, I was interested to see how she continued the universe. Book 2, Finding Home, stars Ian, who we briefly saw in Island Home as a friend to Niall and the object of Ethan’s jealousy. In this installment, he is best friends with Niall.
Much of the year that has passed since the end of book one is told in asides, this includes how Ian and Niall are suddenly best friends. While that was a little hard to entertain, I decided to go with the benefit of the doubt and continue the story. Book 1, Island House, is about overcoming loss and finding love again. This installment, however, is about putting down roots and growing up, for lack of a better term.
Ian is a playboy of the highest caliber. That playboy status is challenged when he meets a man that just might be the love of his life. The one that he never thought he wanted. Then, he finds out that the man has a kid and a complicated life.
Ian’s transition from player to domesticated pseudo-father is almost too easy. Yes, he struggles here and there. He makes some wrong decisions. He makes some right ones. They have the inevitable blow-up. Followed by the inevitable misunderstanding. Followed by the expected make up and happily ever after. Maybe I am more of an angst whore than I thought, but I wanted to something in Ian’s struggle. I wanted to feel like Ian and Luke had worked for their happily ever after.
This story would be classified as a comfort read. It is a light and easy read with everything tied up in nice little bows in the end… for all involved. I am looking forward to Book 3, Playing House, which stars Clare’s brother and his long time partner.
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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