The Shipwreck
(Lavender Shores, #4)

Author

Rosalind Abel

Genre

Contemporary

Publisher

Self-Published

Release Date

October 1st, 2017

ISBN/ASIN

9781549877681

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Lamont Price’s romance novels have been a hit for the past few years. With his gorgeous looks, kind heart, and tender disposition, Lamont is the darling of Lavender Shores. He’s the guy everyone wants to be their best friend, the guy everyone wants to protect. But even with his success and the love of his family, Lamont feels hidden from those around him. Maybe the first step is attending a writing conference and revealing the man behind his pen name....

Tyler Dixon survives off his beauty and charm. From cover model to runway fashion to weekend arm candy, Tyler’s prices aren’t cheap. While his appearance is taking him places, his life as an artist has little more than flatlined. When an author hires him to appear as the face of her brand, Tyler thinks it’s just one more job. Little does he know another writer is going to steal all of his attention.

Escaping the conference to find some breathing room, Lamont runs into Tyler at a bar. Casual conversation leads to Lamont revealing his family’s obsession with helping him find love. It’s not a big deal to Tyler, who has played the role of boyfriend for other people in the past. Before either of them can rethink the situation, Tyler is in Lavender Shores meeting Lamont’s family. Though they’re only pretending to be in a relationship, the chemistry that ignites between them is anything but imaginary…

3.5

Good

Book Cover

  • Average^

Engagement

  • Read all at once (normal)

Likes

  • Lamont is just adorable*
  • Lamont's dad and his profuse need for exclamation points when he speaks**
  • The baby food game was really funny
  • The boat scene was touching
  • Lamont's parents were in a poly relationship, but his mom ran off with the other guy...interesting
  • It's pretty clear that Lamont and Tyler can relate to each other on a deeper level than average; their struggles are similar
  • Lamont needs an emotional connection before sex, whereas Tyler clearly doesn't
  • The unraveling of Tyler's secret definitely kept me reading
  • The moonshine scene was cute
  • The pool table scene was hot, and not what I'd have expected of Lamont

Character Depth

  • Chest deep

Mood Upon Completion

  • Happy

Grammar

  • Very few/no typos

Sex Scenes

  • Plasma hot
  • Decently sweet

Dislikes

  • Characters with a 'no relationships' rule…they're in a romance novel, so this seems pointless
  • All of the guys in m/m romance must have a circulation disorder - so much blushing
  • Tyler's ex was an asshole
  • Tyler procrastinating on telling Lamont his secret is dumb and that never ends well

Emotional Depth

  • Moderately emotional^^

Content Warnings

  • Abuse (emotional, major, one, past)
  • Cheating (minor, one, past)

*As a kid, Lamont wrote backstories for everyone he knew – their hopes, their dreams, and their lives always had a happy ending. Lamont keeps trying to get his gay romances published, and he keeps getting rejected. If writing what he doesn’t know brings him bestsellers in the m/f romance genre, then he should be great at m/m romance since he hasn’t experienced it either.

Similarly, everyone wants Tyler when he’s in front of the camera, but when he’s behind it, no one’s interested in his work. They’re both only successful when being what they aren’t, which can be damaging to self-esteem because it seems like they’re being rejected personally if they take it that way.
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**This quote perfectly sums up Lamont’s dad:

Dad clapped his hands gleefully and leaned closer. “Andrew, my boy, your mother might not have been able to teach me many manners yet, but I definitely did not notice my son’s boyfriend’s impressively large penis flopping around behind his denim pants.” He shot me a teasing glance from the corner of his eye. “Nor did I think maybe the universe was saving up exactly what you had coming to you, Lamont. If anyone deserves such a Christmas miracle, it’s you.”

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^The cover is decent, but the two guys aren’t blended well and the lighting is weird
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^^almost full gamut, butnot quite

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