Erryn reviews ‘Murphy’s Law (Havenwood Book 2)’ by Riley Hart. The ebook was published April 19, 2020 and is 358 pages. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Kale Williams, released June 16, 2020 and is 7 hrs and 23 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I’m loving this series.
We were 18 when I met Remington Monroe. I’d never seen anyone like him. He got onstage at the coffeehouse, armed with a guitar and corny jokes…but unable to hide his lonely eyes. When he sang, I was entranced. When we spent the night talking together, I knew my world would never be the same.
Music was my only passion, until I met Lawson Grant. Our secret nights together, laughing and loving, were my anchor. My dreams of becoming a musician came true because of him, but in the process of achieving them, I lost Law.
Still, I never stopped missing him. When I can’t stay away any longer, I find myself in Havenwood, Law’s hometown. He isn’t exactly thrilled to see me, and I can’t say I blame him. But our connection is too powerful to be tamed, and soon, we’re in over our heads again.
Our feelings for each other have never been in doubt, but we have a lot riding against us. I’m not out, my manager is giving me trouble, my family needs me, and my anxiety is worse than ever. Law’s there for me with his love, support, and a group of friends who accept me into the fold. But he can’t be a secret forever, and I can’t lose him again, even if it means risking it all and jeopardizing what’s always defined me – my music.
I’m a huge Riley Hart fan and I love second chance romances, so picking up this book was a no-brainer. And I’m so glad I did. I really enjoyed this story of two men who had everything, lost it, then have the chance to get it back.
Remington was playing at a college bar when Lawson heard him sing. They met together backstage and something clicked. Over the next few years they would hook up whenever Remington was around. Law called him Remy and they shared a lot of great times. Yes, they were holed up in hotels, but they shared a deep intimacy and an abiding love. Law even recorded Remy playing some of his original songs and the video went viral. But as Remy’s career took off, Law realized he didn’t want to stay in the closet. So he laid down an ultimatum of sorts – or that was how Remy took it. Knowing he could never be an ‘out’ musician, Remy let the relationship die.
But he never stopped loving Law.
The intervening years brought great success, but little happiness. His music, which meant everything to him, stalled out. His family was relying on him more and more, and the pressure was getting to him. So he bought a property in the little town of Havenwood. He had no connection to the town except it was Law’s hometown and somehow that connection – tenuous as it was – was enough to draw him.
What he doesn’t expect is to discover the identity of his closest neighbor.
Law’s pissed. He wanted that cabin and someone’s bought it right from under his nose. Then he discovers his ex is his new neighbor. And as angry as he is at Remy for having chosen music, part of him has always understood that decision. But now, face to face with Remy, he discovers those feelings aren’t dead.
So where to go from here? Remy is still a huge music star and bi-sexual Law still doesn’t want to live in the closet.
Okay, so great conflict.
I knew it would end well because, duh, it’s a Riley Hart romance, but I did wonder for a while there if Remy would be able to get his shit together. He had tons of problems and although Law was there to support him, he couldn’t do the work. Oh, and the grand gesture? Riley nailed it.
So yeah, I loved it. Also, the structure of melding flashback and the current timeline worked well which is good because that’s a tricky technique. Finally, I want to mention Kale Williams who narrates this series. The book was wonderful and I look forward to more of them. Finally, I’m reading these out of order but that’s no biggie. Whenever you slip into Havenwood, you’ll be happy you came.
10/10 Pots of Gold – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Riley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s a hopeless romantic. A lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together. If she’s not writing, you’ll probably find her reading.
Riley lives in North Carolina with her awesome family, who she is thankful for everyday.