Dana reviews The Shipwreck (Lavender Shores Book 4) by Rosalind Abel. (Self published September 29, 2017) A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
To read my review for The Palisade (Lavender Shores Book 1) click here. To read my review for The Garden (Lavender Shores Book 2) click here. To read my review of The Veranda (Lavender Shores Book 3) click here.
Blurb: Lamont Price’s romance novels have been a hit for the past few years. With his gorgeous looks, kind heart, and tender disposition, Lamont is the darling of Lavender Shores. He’s the guy everyone wants to be their best friend, the guy everyone wants to protect. But even with his success and the love of his family, Lamont feels hidden from those around him. Maybe the first step is attending a writing conference and revealing the man behind his pen name….
Tyler Dixon survives off his beauty and charm. From cover model to runway fashion to weekend arm candy, Tyler’s prices aren’t cheap. While his appearance is taking him places, his life as an artist has little more than flatlined. When an author hires him to appear as the face of her brand, Tyler thinks it’s just one more job. Little does he know another writer is going to steal all of his attention.
Escaping the conference to find some breathing room, Lamont runs into Tyler at a bar. Casual conversation leads to Lamont revealing his family’s obsession with helping him find love. It’s not a big deal to Tyler, who has played the role of boyfriend for other people in the past. Before either of them can rethink the situation, Tyler is in Lavender Shores meeting Lamont’s family. Though they’re only pretending to be in a relationship, the chemistry that ignites between them is anything but imaginary…
(Contains Lavender Shores maps and family trees.)
I was so happy when I found out this book would be about Lamont. In book one, we saw his brother find love and I could feel the melancholy that Lamont felt at not having someone of his own. He plays it off like he doesn’t need or want a relationship but I wasn’t getting those vibes. I have been waiting for him to find his happy since the beginning of this series and what a relief this book was.
Going into the book I trusted the author to give Lamont his happy but it was not an easy road for him and his love interest in the book, Tyler. One roadblock is that Lamont has body issues. Even though he is fit now, in the past he was overweight and will always see himself that way. As someone plus size I could feel for him. It’s hard to love your body the way it is, and I’m sure most people thin or thick can relate. Lamont also has a romantic heart. Sex for sex’s sake isn’t for him. He wants the emotions that go with the act. He’s been burned in the past and has given up on finding someone who can meet both the physical and emotional elements of sex.
Tyler has had a relationship in the past that colors the way he sees relationships. His life since has been about having fun and having sex with whoever he wants to. He’s not exactly interested in falling in love. He meets Lamont at a book convention and there is an attraction there. But Tyler isn’t only a cover model for books, or a photographer looking for his big break. He has another income source that makes him feel a relationship is impossible even if he is interested. Which he’s not. So these two men, who I was really liking already decide to fake a relationship for Lamont and the nosy/caring community he lives in of Lavender Shores. You have to guess how that will turn out, with them being in close proximity.
Now I really love Lavender Shores after really getting a feel for it in the first three books. Lamont loves it, too. The downside is how everybody is concerned with Lamont and his lack of a love life. I love that they care for him, but I also cringe with him when people try to set him up and when they try to plan a wedding for Lamont when he introduces Tyler as his boyfriend. The chemistry between these two guys is hot and before long neither of them wants the relationship to be fake even though they are resigned to it being temporary. But even those plans fall by the wayside. It’s all looking like roses until Lamont discovers something about Tyler that leaves him feeling even less worthy than he did before.
In all that, I couldn’t be mad at Tyler. I could see how the conflict in this story tore him apart just as much as it did Lamont. Both of them suffering apart from each other hurt my heart. I did tear up a bit reading parts of this. Sometimes in stories, when misunderstandings happen, a side character will make one of the main characters really consider his decision and they have an epiphany that leads to forgiveness. That didn’t happen in this book, and I like that Lamont really had to dig deeper than that. I don’t necessarily feel that what Tyler needed forgiveness, but the point was that Lamont pushing Tyler away wasn’t just about Tyler. It was about his own issues, too.
In the end, both men made some changes for themselves and they have a better and even hotter relationship than before. I loved Lamont and Tyler. I loved the side characters in the story. The people of Lavender Shores are feisty and funny. They love with all their hearts. I loved the tease going on between two men who will be the main characters of the next book. I am practically giddy for the next story in this series. I definitely recommend picking up this series of books by Rosalind Abel. Each book can be read as a stand alone, but I wouldn’t want to miss a book in this series.
9.5/10 Pots of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 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.