The Veranda
(Lavender Shores #3)

Author

Rosalind Abel

Genre

Contemporary

Publisher

Self-Published

Release Date

August 25th, 2017

ISBN/ASIN

B0742GZ5XZ

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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 fiancée’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.

3.5

Good

Book Cover

  • Well-done

Engagement

  • Read all at once (normal)

Likes

  • That the therapist has a therapist
  • Donovan's mom is amazing*
  • I'm glad Spencer wasn't permanently messed up from the conversion therapy
  • The office sex scene was hot
  • The penis cookie scene was hilarious and kinda cool
  • Spencer's kids seem to be well-rounded, considering who their parents are - but we don't get much time with them

Character Depth

  • Chest deep

Mood Upon Completion

  • Happy

Grammar

  • No typos

Sex Scenes

  • Decently hot
  • Decently sweet

Dislikes

  • The book starts out at a kink party where there are no drugs allowed, only poppers and alcohol…um…both of those are drugs, and I think they'd be banned at a typical kink party for safety reasons
  • It seems like Spencer wanted Erica's brother, but he couldn't have him, so Erica ended up being a consolation prize?
  • That Paulie guy was super annoying
  • The 'founding families' thing sounds really creepy and cultish
  • If Spencer's wife cheated on him and they are divorced, why does he keep hanging out with her family...all...the...time - that's weird
  • Erica is an annoying stereotype

Emotional Depth

  • Weakly emotional

Content Warnings

  • Abuse (emotional, major, one, past)
  • Kink (namely, exhibitionist/voyeur)
  • Cheating (supporting, one, past)

I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, so I’m likely missing quite a few references

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