Series: Rock Bay book #3
Author: M.J. O’Shea
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel (204 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 29th 2013)
Heat Level: Explicit and Erotic
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Justin Foster has nineteen years of nothing but trouble behind him. After escaping his abusive father, he finds himself in Rock Bay, Washington, with his cousin Travis. Justin is bruised and has a hard time trusting, but with the help of his family and the small town, he might be able to heal.
Logan O’Brien is also new in town, hoping he can finally get away from his past and the memories of the girlfriend who shattered his heart. It doesn’t take him long to realize Rock Bay can be more than safe harbor: it can also be home. And for the first time in his life, he finds himself captivated by a man—by Justin.
Justin is attracted to Logan too, but he’s also wary. Physically, Logan reminds him a bit too much of the closeted jerks who used to beat him up after school. But after one awkwardly amazing kiss, he’s smitten, despite how his past and insecurities continue to haunt him. Logan’s love, faith, and stubbornness are just what Justin needs to believe their love is worth fighting for.
Review: Justin Foster has been abused by his father since he was 12 years old, because of his obvious sexual orientation. Justin never had to come out as gay, as soon as he was old enough to develop a personality everyone just knew. He finally has the opportunity to escape the abuse, hopping the bus to Rock Bay where his cousin lives.
Logan O’Brien has escaped to Rock Bay as well, running from his past, but for an entirely different reason. Logan doesn’t even see Justin, just hears his voice for the first time and he’s a goner. This takes him completely by surprise, since he’s straight. He’s immediately and fiercely protective of Justin as well and the two slowly develop a friendship that eventually grows into an amazing love story. It takes some time though. Justin is skittish around Logan, at first, because he reminds him of the bullies that picked on him back home. Logan takes it one step at a time and earns Justin’s trust. then shows him how wonderful it feels to be loved and be in love.
The story flows well, as it shows the emotional journey both characters have to take in order to be together. They both struggle with a past that they can’t wash away and O’Shea conveyed every emotion flawlessly. Justin was standoffish and wary, but Logan was patient beyond belief. And when these two finally come together, oh my god, but it was hot as hell! Passionate and electric as they explored each other and their relationship.
I highly recommend this book to fans of the genre. Sexy and romantic with just a touch of suspense and that coveted HEA!!