Author: Lex Chase
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/07/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
In Prospect Harbor, Maine, lobsterman Harper Cook has always loved the sea. He and his two brothers work the harbor waters, in a fishing village of one thousand where everybody knows everybody else’s business and nobody wants to be different.
When it’s time for the annual Men of Maine pinup calendar, Harper’s brothers eagerly volunteer him. Harper isn’t thrilled to bare it all to raise money for an elementary school playground—until he meets out-and-proud Los Angeles out-a-statah Sean Blackburn: the highly available first-grade teacher with Hollywood heartthrob looks.
Harper has no desire to ever stand out from the crowd, but Sean persists and earns Harper’s friendship. Through Sean, Harper opens up to new possibilities. Things get steamy, but Harper still protects his heart. Though the right pressure in the right place might crack even a loner lobsterman out of his shell.
Although this isn’t technically a Christmas romance, it has that feel to it, because this is such a feel good book, I smiled all the way through reading it.
I should disclaim before going any further, I have never been to Maine- so I can’t say if the language and dialogue is authentic, but Harper does have a laid back monosyllabic fisherman’s voice for me. Harper is gay, and while his family know, and a lot of people may suspect, he’s shy and hasn’t had much opportunity to meet men. Sean, the primary school teacher, is raising money for a new school playground, he’s new to town, been hurt before and isn’t sure what his long term plans are. Once Harper agrees to do the pinup calendar, initially he can’t even talk to Sean – who he nicknames Hollywood, then Sean starts to flirt with him, which confuses poor Harper even more, but he can’t deny how attracted he is to Sean and soon they start a relationship.
Harper is inexperienced sexually, and Sean is all to happy to be his guide, and encourages Harper to tell him what he wants, which also has the advantage of opening Harper up, so that they are friends as well as lovers. And they do talk to each other, Harper isn’t always comfortable with it, but the mutual respect that they have for each other overrides his natural shyness, there is such trust and an awareness of love about them, and Harper’s family are supportive and kind.
I haven’t read such a feel good book for a long time, perfect to read at this time of year.
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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