The Hideaway
(Lavender Shores #5)

Author

Rosalind Abel

Genre

Contemporary

Publisher

Wings of Ink Publications, LLC

Release Date

November 5th, 2017

ISBN/ASIN

B0776PSMJ3

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Lavender Shores’s resident tattoo artist, Connor Clark, looks the part—six foot six, musclebound, and covered in ink—and most definitely doesn’t blend in. Grafted into the Bryant family as a teenager to escape his abusive father, the Bryants saved his life, but Connor has never truly felt a part of the founding family royalty. And if his heart’s desire were revealed, it would betray everything the Bryants have done for him.

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...

3

Okay

Book Cover

  • Exposed abs
  • Still well-done, though

Engagement

  • Memorable after I put it down for a few hours

Likes

  • 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

Character Depth

  • Hip deep

Mood Upon Completion

  • Happy

Grammar

  • Very few/no typos

Sex Scenes

  • Plasma hot
  • Decently sweet

Dislikes

  • 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

Emotional Depth

  • Weakly emotional

Content Warnings

  • 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.
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*Micah’s parents’ outfits were soooo funny and I could totally understand his embarrassment
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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.

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***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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