The Unlikely Prospect (Ariel’s Review)

the-unlikely-prospectTitle: The Unlikely Prospect
Author: Lex Chase
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 7, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 126
Reviewed by: Ariel
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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.

Location: Maine
Collection: States of Love

Lobsterman meets Caliboy. Harper is from the coast of Maine and traps lobsters for a living. He leads a simple life, is a bit old-fashioned and is a man of few words. Sean is from California where he’s led a fast-paced life and is a school teacher. Moving to Maine is a culture shock for Sean. Can these two diverse men occupy the same boat in the Sea of Love?

This story is told from Harpers point of view. Harper is quite contrary. On the outside he’s this big muscled lobsterman who you would think would be gruff and loud and pushy. In actuality, though, he’s sweet and tender and shy. Harper works on the docks with his two brothers who are gruff and loud, but not too pushy. They all love each other and support each other. Watching them interact is so funny.

After the photoshoot for the calendar, Sean and Harper spend time together. They spend a lot of time at Sean’s house, in Sean’s bed, in Sean’s kitchen, and back in Sean’s bed. This book quickly steams up enough to cook a lobster.

Harper comes out of his shell under Sean’s tutelage. He talks more, pda’s are more comfortable, and he’s Sean’s willing slave in the bedroom.

There’s a stormy ending and also declarations.

A story around a men pin-up calendar. It guarantees hunky beautiful men. What’s not to like.

The plot was great, but I felt the story was more about the transformation of Harper. It was really beautiful and heartwarming to see. The shy introvert who comes out of his shell with the help of a friend who turns into his lover and then boyfriend.

Harper and Sean are so perfect for each other. Like lobster and butter. Sean, I believe his teaching skills comes in handy here, is so patient with Harper. He draws him out with a loving hand and pulls him out of his shell and teaches him about life and having fun. Slowly Harper enjoys it and starts living. The reward of bedroom time doesn’t hurt either.

The ending is really cool. Pun intended, because it was snowing. It was wonderful to see the transformation of Harper, how he interacts with people and is not afraid. Also, the love he now has for Sean.

I do recommend this book. Especially if you like the East Coast and lobsters and pin-up calendars showing muscled beautiful men.

State of Love series

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Galley copy of The Unlikely Prospect provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

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