Erryn reviews ‘Matt’s Rainbow’ (Rainbow Key Book Four) by Victoria Sue. The ebook was self-published May 22, 2020, 215 pages. The audiobook was released October 12, 2020. It is narrated by Jonathan David and is 5h and 51min.
Why I chose this book – I wanted Matt’s book so badly.
Ex-con, alcoholics weren’t exactly top tier dating prospects, right?
Matt knew that. He also knew Ryder had lied, cheated and stole.
He’d also fought with every breath he had to make sure his little sister with special needs had a home when both their parents bailed on them.
Maybe they both deserved a second chance.
Welcome to Rainbow Key – held together by love, family, and sticky tape.
One night Ryder and Matt meet and it doesn’t end well. When they meet up again, Matt doesn’t trust Ryder, let alone want him in Rainbow Key. The island off the coast of Florida has been Matt’s home – his sanctuary – for years now. He’s protective of the other residents as well as the owners. I’ve watched him closely through the first three books of the series, waiting for him to get his happy ending. I didn’t foresee it happening with Ryder, a new character.
Ryder sees Rainbow Key as his second chance. He’s gained custody of his sister Lizzie who has Down’s Syndrome. Ryder wants to be the best guardian and big brother he can be, but it’s tough because he himself is uneducated with few marketable skills. Still, the courts have granted him the chance and finding the island is a godsend. Until he meets the man running the boat. Like I said, he and Matt didn’t get off to a great start, and now Ryder fears everything will be taken away before it even starts.
When Matt sees Ryder’s obvious love for Lizzie, he’s willing to give the young man another chance. Matt’s an ex-con, after all, and Rainbow Key was his second chance. But he plans to keep a close eye on the younger man and it’s clear Ryder is nervous. Slowly, though, step-by-step, Matt’s vigilance wanes and Ryder’s confidence grows. Until his past comes crashing into him at top speed. Suddenly everything he’s built is in jeopardy, and with a hurricane bearing down on the island, things become even more dire.
A great set-up if ever there was one. This book had a bit more action and angst than the previous ones and I loved it just as much. I might have turned to mush during the epilogue. If I did, though, I’ll never own up to it. Again, a lovely ending to a wonderful series.
There was a new narrator for this book and I understand why sometimes authors can’t keep the person who had previously helmed the series. I will say Jonathan David did a decent job but I have to say his Daniel was discordant for me. A minor thing to be sure, and only because I loved the precious three books so much. But never fear, it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of this book. I have plans to return to listen to the series again and am so glad I got the chance to enjoy the stories.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
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Victoria Sue fell in love with love stories as a child when she would hide away with her mom’s library books and dream of the dashing hero coming to rescue her from math homework. She never mastered math but when she ran out of library books she decided to write her own. Loves reading and writing about gorgeous boys loving each other the best—especially with a paranormal twist—but always with a happy ending. Is an English northern lass currently serving twenty to life in Florida—unfortunately, she spends more time chained to her computer than on a beach.
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