An impossible situation
Reader engagement with this story begins with the first sentence and there is absolutely no slowing, no gratuitous conversation or encounters.
Andrew, a local real estate agent member of a town founding family, is at a party for his brother’s birthday when he is drawn to the extremely attractive business man sitting at the bar. The encouragement of his parents is a bit over the top so he waited until they left to return to see if the stranger was still there and if the attraction was indeed mutual.
Joel is visiting Lavender Shores on business, his big attempt to prove his worth to his father, and that he is capable of running the family coffee empire. Not surprisingly, his father has assigned an almost impossible mission.
The immediate attraction between Andrew and Joel, as painted by the author, was so stunning that the reader absorbs Andrew’s emotion on his reappearance as he feels Joel’s relief, “as though he’d been waiting for his return”. Joel, confident businessman that he is, appears to have temporarily lost his air of self-assurance.
The almost immediate intimate encounter between Andrew and Joel, as well as those that follow, is reverent, passionate yet erotic as the men fit perfectly. The reader is so captured by the story that it becomes necessary to stop reading to take a deep breath, in a ‘take a breath break’.
It is possible and almost a guarantee that the reader will lose touch with the fact that this is a story and it isn’t really happening to you!
The relationship, as this seems more like a relationship and less like a hookup, faces several rather monumental barriers and the men agree that the feelings are more than they know how to absorb.
Trouble lies ahead as Joel is less than honest with Andrew about his reason for being in Lavender Shore. His success in business is tied to his relationship with his father and both are extremely important to him. Is business more important than his feelings for and relationship with Andrew? Andrew loves Lavender Shore and he has no intention to live or be anywhere else. This is truly a beautiful love story with secrets, emotion, and passion throughout!