Author: Charley Descoteaux
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/19/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Eric Allen, thirty-three-year-old line cook, moved in with his grandmother, Jewell, after a disastrous coming-out when he was in middle school. She raised him, and he cared for her when she fell ill. When Jewell died, she left everything to Eric—angering his parents and older brother. The inheritance isn’t much, but Eric and his bestie, Nathan, pool their money and buy an abandoned hotel on an isolated stretch of the Central Oregon Coast. The hotel isn’t far from Lincoln City—a town with its own Pride Festival and named for a president—so they christen it Buchanan House after James Buchanan, the “confirmed bachelor” president with the close male friend.
Eric and Nathan need a handyman to help them turn Buchanan House into the gay resort of their dreams. Eric finds Tim Tate in the local listings, and over the months leading to opening weekend, Tim reveals himself as a skilled carpenter with many hidden talents. Eric falls hard for Tim, but before he can see a future with the gorgeous handyman, he has to get over twenty years of being bullied and shamed by his birth family. It would be much easier if Eric’s brother Zach wasn’t trying to grab part of the inheritance or ruin opening weekend.
I wanted to love Buchanan House by Charley Descoteaux. Based on the blurb, it should have been a perfect comfort read for me. However, the execution fell flat for me.
It took me a little under two hours to read Buchanan House. I spent much of that time bored to tears. The story just felt disjointed. I never was able to connect to any of the characters. We were never given the opportunity actually to know them and empathise with them. They were presented to us. They went about their business. At some point, they slept together and then it was over.
Conflict? They had two perfect opportunities for conflict. Neither was ever fully explored. One was resolved completely off-page with about two sentences to tell us it was resolved. The other was broached a couple of times and never resolved or sufficiently addressed.
I appreciate that the author didn’t feel the need for penetrative sex to be the end-all and be-all of the relationship, but I would like to have explored the reasons a little bit more. In real life, the way it was handled might have been sufficient. However, real life does not always translate well the fiction. This story is one of those times.
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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