Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Veranda by @rosalind_abel #REVIEW

The Veranda, Rosalind Abel
Lavender Shores #3
Donovan Carlisle helps countless people in Lavender Shores with his skills as a therapist. It seems, however, that his ability to enable others to live their happiest life only works outside of himself. Donovan truly loves his life, but isn’t able to find a relationship that satisfies his heart’s craving. Maybe the problem is that the only man he wants is off-limits.
Spencer Epstein came to Lavender Shores to find himself. Instead, he married one of the local town beauties. He’d thought his prayers had finally been answered. Then, he met his pregnant fiancĂ©e’s brother. It turned out those answered prayers were just cruel twists of fate.
A decade later, after a divorce and crumbling of all Spencer thought was set in stone, he sees his brother-in-law at a masquerade sex party. He takes full advantage of the anonymity and acts on the desires he’s held at bay all those years. The problem is, those silent and frenzied moments didn’t satiate anything. The fire and heat between the two men only grows as secrets are uncovered and they must determine if the cost of their passion is too high.

So I will admit I was a little skeptical about this story. I really wanted Donovan to find someone and be happy, but I wasn't certain the author could pull it off with Spencer.

I was wrong. This is a beautiful second chance story with drama and scandal and sex and love.

Both characters are strong in their professional lives but when it comes to the personal side of things they have problems. Spencer's back story broke me heart and I was so happy for him to live his true self. The author does a fabulous job bringing the very tough decisions to life but anchoring them in enough reality it's not hard to believe the outcome.

The only time I screamed out loud was when I read about the Malbec being kept in the refrigerator....that was just so wrong!

Another winning addition to the Lavender Shores world.


RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by the author.

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