Reviewed by Susan65
Title: The Palisade
Author: Rosalind Abel
Series: Lavender Shores #1
Heroes: Joel Rhodes/Andrew Kelly
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 230 Pages
Publisher: Wings of Ink Publications, LLC
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Confident businessman Joel Rhodes sees the small California town of Lavender Shores as nothing more than a business opportunity and a final stepping stone to the position he’s been working toward his entire life. It was supposed to be just one night in town to close the deal, and sleeping with one of the local men, no matter how gorgeous, meant nothing more than a few hours of fun.
Andrew Kelly is perfectly content with the life he has in his hometown. So much so that the only thing missing is someone to share it with. Going to bed with a tourist was never meant to be the answer to his dreams, just a beautiful distraction. He could get back to looking for Mr. Right the next day.
Both Andrew’s and Joel’s worlds are turned upside down when a few hours of pleasure get extended to a couple of days. Even that shouldn’t have been a big deal. You can’t fall in love in that amount of time. That isn’t how it works. However, if destinies collide, a few short days may be all it takes to find your soul mate. Even so, when secrets and motivations get tangled, fate may do nothing more than leave two hearts in pieces.
Review: So, I finally got around to reading the first book in the Lavender Shores series and spent the first half of the book kicking myself for not reading it sooner. It was really, really good. I was under the misguided impression that it was going to be more sweet and less sexy. Boy, was I wrong. This book had the perfect mix of romance, dialogue, and sexy times. Lesson one here, people, don’t presuppose.
Joel, the rich businessman is looking to open shop in Lavender Shores, and Andrew, is the local who falls head over heals for him. This is a sweet and sassy romance with a bit of tiger sex thrown in for a well balanced story. Although they both fall hard and kind of fast, it was still a well written story with some awesome dialogue. And admit it, we have all had that one soul that our own soul inexplicably called to, whether we wanted it to or not. So yeah, instalove is not my thing, but it was written in such a way that I got it.
Joel has secrets, and Andrew is the epitome of transparency. Sadly, we know there will be a bit of angst to overcome before all the truth is revealed and settled, but it was short lived. Joel redeems himself in a spectacular fashion. There is also the awesomeness of Andrew’s family, the awfulness of Joel’s dad. I would like to check back in and see if Joel’s dad comes around, but I think it was implied that he wouldn’t. Sad sigh.
This book will be a major hit for those who love a good romance. It has it all, and then some. Highly recommended.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*