Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Easy Evenings
Author: Mary Calmes
Series: Mangrove Stories #4
Heroes: Laz & Britton
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 77 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 18, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Lazlo Maguire doesn’t do relationships—he does transactions. Six months of the year, he’s an expensive rent boy in Manhattan, and he moves so fast that settling down could not, would not, ever enter his mind… except for once. Britton Lassiter he meets man to man, not as hustler and mark, and it’s too good to be true when the lawyer wants to keep Lazlo even if he has to share him with the job.
But Lazlo has his reasons to walk away from the man he’s grown to love. The other six months of the year, he is laid-back Laz, a shopkeeper in the sleepy coastal town of Mangrove, Florida, where the artist he never allows himself to be in the Big Apple shines through. He lives for his time by the ocean, the place he hides his secrets and nurses his broken heart.
Then fate intervenes, and Laz gets the surprise of his life when he spies Britton in Mangrove—but it’s not meant to be… not until Britton sees the change in him and wants to be a part of Laz’s new life so that every evening can be easy… together. Hopefully the secrets that tore them apart won’t come back to haunt them.
Laz spends six months of the year as an escort and the other six months as a resident of Mangrove. When Britton moves to town, a man he was willing to give everything up for, he thought things would change but instead Britton slaps him with a restraining order. Laz understands but when he gets an unexpected surprise in his life, he’s forced to ask Britton for help. Now Laz has more than just himself to look after but when his past comes around, will Laz finally be ready to move on with his life?
This was a cute, sweet story. I liked that Britton unintentionally ended up in the same town as Laz. I also liked that Laz was so understanding and willing to change because of the ‘surprise of his life’. I also liked that Britton was so awkward at first but then explained what he really felt when he saw Laz for the first time in Mangrove.
I enjoyed this one but I didn’t connect much with the characters for some reason, not like I have with the characters in the other books. I think because there was already history between Laz and Britton that I felt like the story was more told than shown. I also didn’t really like how Laz handled his family or how his family treated him like he was dirt when he was forced into the choices of his life by his mother.
In the end, I still liked the story but wasn’t the best in the series, IMO. However, I did like both Laz and Britton as characters and I’m happy they both got their story. I’m looking forward to seeing who’s next!
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*