Reviewed by Ami
Title: The Unlikely Prospect
Author: Lex Chase
Series: States of Love
Heroes: Harper Cook/Sean Blackburn
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 126 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 7, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: In Prospect Harbor, Maine, lobsterman Harper Cook has always loved the sea. He and his two brothers work the harbor waters, in a fishing village of one thousand where everybody knows everybody else’s business and nobody wants to be different.
When it’s time for the annual Men of Maine pinup calendar, Harper’s brothers eagerly volunteer him. Harper isn’t thrilled to bare it all to raise money for an elementary school playground—until he meets out-and-proud Los Angeles out-a-statah Sean Blackburn: the highly available first-grade teacher with Hollywood heartthrob looks.
Harper has no desire to ever stand out from the crowd, but Sean persists and earns Harper’s friendship. Through Sean, Harper opens up to new possibilities. Things get steamy, but Harper still protects his heart. Though the right pressure in the right place might crack even a loner lobsterman out of his shell.
Because of ya, I’m not afraid anymore… I had no expectation. I had no expectation of goin’ anywhere in my life. I had no expectation of ever amounting to anythin’. I didn’t expect you. I didn’t expect us.
My favorite thing about The Unlikely Prospect is how Harper, through his relationship with Sean, slowly but surely becomes more open and confident towards others. I’m a sucker for romance that has a ‘personal journey’ theme to it and this has it in strides.
Harper starts as a socially awkward 40-year-old virgin man (practically catnip for some readers, I know!) who participates for the annual Men of Maine calendar only because his younger brother signs him up for it under the reason that it’s to raise money for his niece’s school. I was proud of Harper when he was able to deal with his discomfort, powered through the photo session, as well as acted on his attraction to Sean.
I enjoyed their romance; it was sweet and pleasant … Sean finally takes Harper to explore the world of sexual pleasure although I admit that I skimmed most the sex scenes because to me, they were the same old thing. But I had fun reading about what Harper thinks about it afterward. I giggled when Harper thought that because Sean was more in control in the bedroom due to his experience that means Sean was his Dom; it was pretty hilarious.
I especially loved their times outside the bedroom. Their dates were fun, like the part where Harper shows his skill to eat lobster and guides Sean how to do it right.
Oh, and not to forget, Harper’s younger brothers are excellent secondary characters! I LOVED these siblings relationship; it was full of jest and ribbings that amused me so. Danny and Joe are wonderful and totally support their older gay brother.
What didn’t work well for me so much was the writing style. I felt that it was rather rough and clumsy – plus the Maine accent was a little bit hard for me to enjoy. As a non-English speaker, I always have a slightly difficult time to enjoy accents when written on page. I also thought the several time-jumps to be choppy and made the story didn’t flow smoothly.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*