Friday, August 11, 2017

Review: Trust with a Chaser (Rainbow Cove #1) by Annabeth Albert

trust with a chaserTitle ~ Trust with a Chaser (Rainbow Cove #1)

Author ~ Annabeth Albert 

Published ~ 1st August 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis


One hot cop. One bar owner out for redemption. One smoking-hot summer fling destined to leave scorch marks…

Mason Hanks has returned to Rainbow Cove, Oregon with one goal in mind: turn the struggling coastal community into a thriving LGBTQ tourism destination. Step one is transforming an old bar and grill into a gay-friendly eatery. Step two? Don’t piss off Nash Flint, the very hot, very stern chief of police who’s not so sure he’s on board with Mason’s big plans.

Nash Flint just wants to keep his community safe and enjoy the occasional burger in peace. He’s not big on change nor is he a fan of Mason’s troublemaking family, especially his rowdy older brothers. But Mason slowly wins him over with fantastic cooking and the sort of friendship Nash has been starving for.

When their unlikely friendship takes a turn for the sexy, both men try to steer clear of trouble. Nash believes he’s too set in his ways for Mason, and Mason worries that his family’s reputation will ruin any future with Nash. Burning up the sheets in secret is a surefire way to crash and burn, and discovery forces a heart-wrenching decision—is love worth the risk of losing everything?

Trust with a Chaser is a 75,000 word stand-alone gay romance with a May/December theme, a hot law-enforcement hero, opposites attract, plenty of sexy times, and one hard-fought, guaranteed happy ending with no cliffhangers.

 

Lisa’s Review

Trust with a Chaser is the first book in Annabeth Albert’s new series entitled Rainbow Cove. I am a huge fan of this author and with each new book she releases I feel the writing just gets better and better. Her books tell emotional, fun and heart-warming stories that leave you happily sighing in romance lala land. My favorite place to be! This book was no exception from her norm. From the first page I was hooked and wanted to see just how things would play out between the two seemingly opposite protagonists who don’t exactly start off on the right foot.

Mason Hanks is back in the small town of Rainbow Cove, a place he escaped from for at least a little while. Mason and his two friends have taken over an old bar and grill and are hoping that their new acquisition as well as their presence in town will be the first steps in turning the small town into a gay-friendly destination. What can go wrong, right? Certainly not Mason’s attraction towards the town’s broody and stern police chief. And, certainly not Mason’s family who don’t exactly have the greatest reputation in the town.

Nash Flint was born and raised in Rainbow Cove. He loves his town and is determined to keep it safe. He’s unsure about one of the Hanks brothers re-opening the old bar and grill. Plus, the fact that Mason and his two friends are on a mission to turn the town into a gay-friendly destination leaves him a little uneasy. Sure, he has nothing against the LGBTQ community. After all, he’s been in the closet for years. Is his little town ready for individuals who are pushing something he is unsure the local residents will accept?

Nash is very standoffish when he makes regular appearances at the bar and grill for some food; however, he is soon won over by Mason’s friendly demeanour and the amazing food that is served.  As the pair see each other more and more, the attraction between them becomes very apparent. However, while Mason lives his life as an openly gay man, Nash is the complete opposite. Due to his super-conservative upbringing as well as his job, Nash is firmly in the closet essentially shutting down any advances Mason may be making.

Mason discovers that his friendliness and the great food he can provide is just the olive branch he needs to make some headway with the reserved police chief. Mason slowly punctures the mighty fortress that Nash has built around himself. He is the one that definitely pushes for more and wants Nash to step outside his boundaries. Nash is someone who has stayed far away from any physical exploits with local for a long time now. How is he going to stand his ground when everything in him wants to give in and succumb to Mason’s charms? When Nash finally does give in, both guys have no idea just how powerful and real their connection would be. Falling for someone is always a scary thing, especially when the person you are falling for is your closeted polar opposite. Is Nash ready to let the town know just who his true self is?

I loved the fact that while Mason and Nash may have been outwardly different and certainly led very dissimilar lives, there were also many similarities between the two. Both have sacrificed a lot for their professional careers and both are lonely, with the major difference being that that Mason is trying to change his status quo. Despite their obvious dissimilarities, they just seemed to work. Mason is this lovable character and he is also a guy who has a lot on his plate because of his idiotic family. Nash needs to break free from the choke-hold that his conservative job, family and life have around his neck. He has no idea just how much he needs someone like Mason in his life, not until the sexy man saunters into his atmosphere. Nash goes through quite a journey when it comes to his ability to truly accept that he can be out and still do his job and it took him a while to believe that he deserved to live a life where he did not have to hide one of the most vital parts of him. He’s lived his whole life a certain way and being brave enough to question everything regarding how you are choosing to live your life is no easy task. We are often defined by how we are raised and stepping away from that is not something that happens easily.

This was a tender, sweet and sexy tale as we watch the two men who weren’t exactly expecting each other become everything to one another. There may have been some bumps in the road, particularly when it came to Mason’s family and Nash’s inability to live as an openly gay man; however, both men discover that what they have built together is worth the fight.

All in all, Trust with a Chaser was a wonderful start to this series. I love how real and different the characters this author creates seem to be. Mason and Nash were no exception. They had their flaws but in the end all that matters is finding someone who accepts you, the good and the bad. Someone who wants you to fulfill your dreams and perhaps make some new ones with you. This is definitely a series to check out for lovers of the M/M genre. Highly recommended.

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Meet Annabeth Albert

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children.

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