(Lavender Shores #5)
Abuse , Adoption , Alcoholism , Arts, Design, & Media , Bigotry , Brainwashing , Business Owners , Drug Addiction , Family , Friends to Lovers , Incest , Music Industry , Religious Angst , Retail , Wealthy
Wings of Ink Publications, LLC
November 5th, 2017
Micah Bryant was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He’s always had everything he ever wanted—save the one he desires most. Even moving to New York City for a few years didn’t dampen his passion. Not that Micah had expected it to. He’s known his destiny since he was nine years old, the moment it had walked through his door.
After years of longing, years of secrets and stolen moments of passion and love, Connor weakens enough to allow the town to see how he feels, and let the Bryants know his love for Micah is anything but brotherly. But no sooner had the decision been made than Connor’s biological family returns and shatters it all. Still, Micah holds on to the belief that their romance was written in the stars, but maybe he’d been wrong all those years...
- Exposed abs
- Still well-done, though
- Memorable after I put it down for a few hours
- The grocery store is the first shop I've read about so far without something related to lavender in the name
- The charity auction for opening a LGBT+ youth center was hilarious and a really good idea, considering the high proportion of LGBT+ members in their community*
- How Micah and Connor's family came together to defend Moses from his dad
- That Micah is a violinist; reminds me of my days as a violist
- The underground cave is such a cool idea; Connor surreptitiously listening to Micah play and feeling how Micah felt about their relationship through the music was a nice touch...
- The book club scene; I didn't know what was going on at first, but once I figured out they were in costume because the club was reading Fifty Shades of Crap, I laughed SO hard
- Although their family came around to accepting Connor and Micah eventually...
- The first part of the epilogue was cute
- Hip deep
Mood Upon Completion
- Very few/no typos
- Plasma hot
- Decently sweet
- Smoking, ugh
- It seems like this book is happening only because Connor can't get his head out of his ass**
- I really don't want to read about everyone else Micah and Connor are dragging into their not-quite-a-relationship drama
- …although it became a wee bit schmaltzy for a bit there***
- ...the way the family found out about them really sucked
- Weakly emotional
- Incest (pseudo)
- Abuse (physical/emotional, major, one, past)
- Abuse (physical/emotional, supporting, one, past and present)
- Drug Use (consensual, alcoholism, minor, one, past)
Note to author: Please put the family trees at the beginning of the book like practically everyone else, otherwise it looks like you’re trying to cheat Kindle Unlimited by having people unsure of relations flip to the end without reading the book. I’m sure you’re not, but it’s best to avoid even the insinuation that this could be a thing.
*Micah’s parents’ outfits were soooo funny and I could totally understand his embarrassment
Why couldn’t we understand we were wasting time? All this back and forth, all this ‘I love you so I can’t be with you’ bullshit over and over and over.
***After Connor approaches Micah:
Micah’s laughter faded, and he sounded serious again. “Promise me you won’t freak out with my answer. If you don’t like it, we’ll figure it out together.” Well, that sounded like a bit of torture was heading my way. Whatever. I’d earned it. “Sure.” He took a deep breath, his chest rising, lifting my head, and then his words tumbled out, quickly. “If any other guy touches you, I’m gonna cut a bitch.”
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