Lovers, Losers, and You (Sunshine and Happiness #2) by Skylar M Cates ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

LoversLosersAndYouLGTitle: Lovers, Losers, and You (Sunshine and Happiness #2)

Author: Skylar M Cates

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: AngstyG

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/11/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


Sunshine and Happiness: Book Two

How can you lose one dream and still find another?

Owen King is a lonely history teacher who wants to be braver. So when Owen learns about the deceased brother he never met, he breaks free of his safety net and risks answers. Despite his loving, adopted family, Owen wonders if there are missing pieces inside of him. Visiting the seaside town of Ocean Vista, where his brother lived and died, will be no vacation.

Andrew Teagan wants to be a winner. After being dumped by his last boyfriend, Andrew is through letting others dictate his life. To prove that dreams are possible, he’s going after his ambitions full force. Having signed on for a cooking reality show, Andrew’s ready to make his small café into a sizzling success.

When Andrew aids Owen on the beach, what starts off as an act of kindness turns into a hot temptation. But can a sweet budding romance survive when the time comes for Owen to leave town? Both men must learn to trust each other if their love will conquer the miles between them.

My View:

I only have one thing to say. Ms. Cates, I NEED Tomas and Marc’s story. Like seriously, NEED. See, I thought I needed it after Here for You, but I was wrong. This is truly what “need” means…

I was a little disappointed when I found out the second book was going to be Owen and Andrew. Owen is a relative unknown. Yes, he is Braden’s brother, but he is only known via a few letters. I will be honest, I barely remember Andrew from book one. Reading over my review, I obviously wanted his story, but I just can’t remember his part if the first story, now.

That being said, however, I quickly fell a little in love with him. He is a such a gentle soul. Given his home life, he could have gone a completely different direction. Instead he is a self-made man with a huge heart and loyalty to match.

Owen, for his part, is a trust-fund baby and the adopted son of a famous sports star. He is also a history teacher who has never left the nest. In other words he has a little growing up to do.

They are sweet together. While I can’t say that there were too many surprises in their story, it was charming from start to finish. You just wanted them to find a way to make their very different lives work out together.

One thing I was concerned about going in is the reality show sub-plot. I have tried reading a number of stories with Reality Show plotlines without success. I hate them in “real” life, and apparently I hate them just as much in fiction. If you are anti-reality show like me; however, you need not fear. While Andrew does compete on a reality show, it is actually a fairly minor plot line.

I look forward to returning to Ocean Vista to visit with Marc and Tomas. Oh and I eventually need River and Morgan’s story… yes I think they will end up together. They are both broken and need each other to heal.


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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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