the beach houseRating: 4.25 stars
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Length: Novella

Model Mason Adams had the world at his feet, until an accidental drug overdose nearly ended his life. Clean again, he’s rented a beach house in Morro Bay to spend a low key summer out of the limelight. Mason’s not entirely happy about it, but he’s willing to do it. Especially when he meets his next door neighbor.

John Harding’s career as a firefighter ended in injury, but he’s a popular crime fiction writer now and loving it. He’s struck by Mason the first time they meet, and the two begin an affair the moment they give in to their attraction. All summer, they live, love, and laugh. But when it’s time for Mason to go home and start his career again, he’s going to have to leave behind the man who has captured his heart.

This quick, light read is really enjoyable. Both men have kind of lost their way. Mason’s life has been easy, with people wanting to give him everything simply because of his looks or because of what they could get out of it. John has built a new life for himself after the accident, but he doesn’t realize it’s just existing. These guys really provide something for each other that they didn’t know they needed, and their chemistry works really well.

Despite there being a feel good, playful, fluffy aspect to this story, there are also some heavier themes. I think the author balanced these parts really well. It never got too heavy, but those more difficult subjects were handled with care. It really gave the story some weight without weighing it down too much.

I adored these guys and their relationship. I would have liked to see just a little bit more development of it though. There’s a bit of a time jump in the middle of things, and while it worked fine, I liked the characters so much that I wanted to see them experiencing more time together. But their chemistry sparks off the page and they just work.

So overall, I just enjoyed this read. It was quick, which is exactly what you want sometimes, and left me happy. If you’re looking for a short, nicely written book that ends in a feel good epic romance, I can definitely suggest you pick this one up.

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