Author: S.C. Wynne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Maria Fanning
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/23/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Mystery
Jason Sinclair isn’t very good at relationships, which is no surprise given a childhood with an eccentric father and an unloving, emotionally damaged mother. After leaving home at seventeen, Jason has spent the past four years doing everything he could to stay away. That changes when he learns his mother is dying of cancer, and he grudgingly returns to Larame Bay to say good-bye.
Word on the street is that Jason will sell his family’s property and run back to LA the minute his mother dies, but when Jason meets the new groundskeeper, the sexy and confident Adam Trent, all that changes. As Jason begins to fall for Adam, he surprises everyone, including himself, by sticking around after all.
However, it doesn’t take long to realize someone out there desperately wants Jason gone from Larame Bay and will make sure that happens—one way or another.
After some heavy and emotional reads I was glad to find this one. It’s well-written romance with a decent mystery that isn’t too dark or angsty. I’ve never read anything by S.C. Wynne before but I will check out her books in the future.
The story centers around Jason Sinclair who returns to his childhood home when he learns his mother is dying of cancer. It’s a bittersweet reunion because he and his mother have never been close and she rejected him because of his homosexuality. She wants to move beyond the past but Jason isn’t so sure he can forgive and forget.
Jason is thrown for a loop when he meets Adam Trent, his mother’s gardener. Adam is Jason’s opposite in every way, especially when it comes to talking about his feelings. Jason is horrible at relationships because he holds everything in. Despite their differences, or maybe because of, Jason and Adam are attracted to each other.
The relationship between the two men was frosty at first but not for too long. They quickly become friends and it doesn’t take long for Adam to admit he’s attracted to Jason.
I like you, though. I’m not sure why, but for some reason you interest me.
I enjoyed the way they flirted and their easy going discussion of sex. It felt natural for them to start with a no-strings-attached fling. The sex was written perfectly and each time they got together I could see they were developing real feelings for each other. By the time they admitted how they felt I could tell they were in love. I felt their bond every step of the way.
Jason is described as being bad at relationships and Wynne showed this throughout the book with his use of humor to deflect from serious conversations. During a conversation Adam says he likes working with plants because:
“Trees don’t backstab or judge you.”
“I don’t know. I met a barrel cactus once that was hard to get close to.” I did a vaudeville accent to sell my joke.”
I rolled my eyes at the bad joke but it did make me smile.
Adam is just as funny in an awkward way such as when he tells Jason he wants to have sex.
“Follow me. It’s time to get jiggy with it.”
I haven’t heard that term for years, but Adam using it totally felt his character.
There’s a mystery involving Jason being harassed to sell his property after his mother dies. I was pleasantly surprised with the whodunit, especially that it wasn’t overly dramatic. It was realistic and hit all the right notes.
I loved Jason and Adam together and adored this book.
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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