Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Palisade by @rosalind_abel #REVIEW #AUDIOBOOK

The Palisade, Rosalind Abel
Lavender Shores #1
Confident businessman Joel Rhodes sees the small California town of Lavender Shores as nothing more than a business opportunity and a final stepping stone to the position he’s been working toward his entire life. It was supposed to be just one night in town to close the deal, and sleeping with one of the local men, no matter how gorgeous, meant nothing more than a few hours of fun.

Andrew Kelly is perfectly content with the life he has in his hometown. So much so that the only thing missing is someone to share it with. Going to bed with a tourist was never meant to be the answer to his dreams, just a beautiful distraction. He could get back to looking for Mr. Right the next day.
Both Andrew’s and Joel’s worlds are turned upside down when a few hours of pleasure get extended to a couple of days. Even that shouldn’t have been a big deal. You can’t fall in love in that amount of time. That isn’t how it works. However, if destinies collide, a few short days may be all it takes to find your soul mate. Even so, when secrets and motivations get tangled, fate may do nothing more than leave two hearts in pieces.

Add Lavender Shores to the list of fictional towns, alongside Cattle Valley and Petal, GA, that I wish were real places I could live in.

I am hooked on this series not just because of the incredible chemistry between the main characters but because of the extended cast. Andrew's parents and their best friends were some of my favorite scenes to read, especially Andrew's dad. I want to know more about the town and it's people.

For as much as Andrew is content in his small hometown he is also a dreamer. His dream just happens to center around the town and his longing for his picket fence.

Joel needed someone to love him so badly this need jumped off the pages. His thought process made me want to shake him at times and made me mad on Andrews behalf. You can see the train wreck about to happen, but you can't do anything to stop it.

The attraction between the MC's is off the charts from the very beginning and things happen fast, but I didn't mind, because I was so into "them".

Kirt Graves does a wonderful job with the narration, bringing the characters to life and quickly pulling me into the story. His voice is smooth and he keeps the story going at a great pace.

I for one cannot wait to go back to Lavender Shores!

RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries for both the story and narration.  This book was given to us by the author.

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