Dana reviews The Garden (Lavender Shores Book 2) by Rosalind Abel (Published by Wings of Ink Publications, July 25, 2017. 267 pages) A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
To read my review for The Palisade (Lavender Shores Book 1) click here.
Blurb: Beautiful Gilbert Bryant designs jewelry for the rich and famous, and he made his escape from his gossipy little hometown of Lavender Shores. However, with so many friends and family, he keeps getting pulled back. When he attends his best friend’s engagement party, Gilbert can’t help but sample one of the new men in town. It’s just some innocent—or not so innocent—fun. Nothing that will even cross his mind once he gets back to his everyday life.
Walden Thompson dreamed about living in Lavender Shores since he visited as a child. He finally gets his chance, and he embraces the opportunity to start over, to become someone new. He leaves both hurts and dangerous habits in the past, where they belong. When Gilbert crosses his path, Walden gives in to his baser instincts. He can indulge in the carnal pleasures this once and still be okay.
Their few hours together haunt Gilbert, the two-hundred-mile buffer from home no longer shutting out the past or the sexy man he left behind. Walden is just beginning to recover from the smoldering encounter with Gilbert when they are thrust together once more. This time, neither of them can walk away, no matter how hard they try. But when their pasts crash into each other as surely as the magnetism that pulls them together, walking away may be the only option.
After reviewing The Palisade, I was eager to read and review The Garden. The little information we had on Gilbert painted a picture of an unhappy man and I had a feeling there would be some angst in this book. I am a total angst junkie. Give me a broken character and I’m happy. This book delivered not one, but two broken characters with Gilbert and Walden.
Walden is happy on the surface. He teaches and he loves working in his garden. But a betrayal in his past and the way he handled it haunts him. Walden doesn’t believe in love and does’t want a relationship. Sex is kind of a vice to him. He can’t help reacting when Gilbert watches him at the gym and follows him to the steam room.
Gilbert left Lavender Falls because the people there won’t let the rumors of his past die. He tried to run away but with his family and best friend in Lavender Falls, he has to come back. This time it is for the engagement party for Andrew and Joel, the main characters of The Palisade. He has no plans to have a relationship either. So the two of them decide to have a bit of fun for a little while.
This book has some angst; but, to be honest, it wasn’t as heartbreaking as it could have been. There was a lot of sweetness as the two men open up to each other and take a chance as something more than friends with benefits. Besides the sweetness and angst, there is hotness galore. Gilbert and Walden are into kink and the sex scenes are scorching. I didn’t expect it, but I loved it. The author is really showing such different types of characters who like entirely different things. It looks to be a diverse series and I can’t wait for more.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
Rosalind Abel grew up tending chickens alongside her sweet and faithful Chow, Lord Elgin. While her fantasy of writing novels was born during her teen years, she never would have dreamed she’d one day publish steamy romances about gorgeous men. However, sometimes life turns out better than planned.
In between crafting scorching sex scenes and helping her men find their soul mate, Rosalind enjoys cooking, collecting toys, and making the best damn scrapbooks in the world (this claim hasn’t been proven, but she’s willing to put good money on it).
She adores MM Romance and the power it has to sweep the reader away into worlds filled with passion, steam, and love. Rosalind also enjoys her collection of plot bunnies, and welcomes new fuzzy ones in her home all the time, so feel free to send any adorable ones her way.