Title: Trust with a Chaser (Rainbow Cove #1)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Release Date: August 1st 2017
Page Count: 255
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
One hot cop. One bar owner out for redemption. One smoking-hot summer fling destined to leave scorch marks…
Mason Hanks has returned to Rainbow Cove, Oregon with one goal in mind: turn the struggling coastal community into a thriving LGBTQ tourism destination. Step one is transforming an old bar and grill into a gay-friendly eatery. Step two? Don’t piss off Nash Flint, the very hot, very stern chief of police who’s not so sure he’s on board with Mason’s big plans.
Nash Flint just wants to keep his community safe and enjoy the occasional burger in peace. He’s not big on change nor is he a fan of Mason’s troublemaking family, especially his rowdy older brothers. But Mason slowly wins him over with fantastic cooking and the sort of friendship Nash has been starving for.
When their unlikely friendship takes a turn for the sexy, both men try to steer clear of trouble. Nash believes he’s too set in his ways for Mason, and Mason worries that his family’s reputation will ruin any future with Nash. Burning up the sheets in secret is a surefire way to crash and burn, and discovery forces a heart-wrenching decision—is love worth the risk of losing everything?
Trust with a Chaser is a 75,000 word stand-alone gay romance with a May/December theme, a hot law-enforcement hero, opposites attract, plenty of sexy times, and one hard-fought, guaranteed happy ending with no cliffhangers.
Trust with a Chaser kicks off Annabeth Albert’s new series, Rainbow Cove, which I’m going to love, judging from this first book.
The setting is Rainbow Cove, a town on the southern Oregon coast. Nash Flint, aka Sheriff Sexy, is the chief of police. After following in his father’s footsteps, he tries hard to keep everything in town under control, all the while hiding who he really is. Because job comes first.
Mason Hanks returns to Rainbow Cove after 10 years of living in Portland, with a goal: to turn the old bar into an LGBTQ friendly tavern, a fun and safe destination that will hopefully help bringing more tourists in Rainbow Cove. What he doesn’t expect is for Chief Flint to walk into his shop.
There is slow burn, but not too much. Flint and Mason come together relatively fast, because they have crazy chemistry. There is a lot of back and forth from Flint’s part, which bordered on too much sometimes, but I liked how it played out in the end. The smexy times were plenty and delicious as well!
There are two reasons that cause the conflict in this story: First, Flint’s refusal to leave the closet, or do anything that could potentially out him. This makes him seem a little paranoid sometimes, but really who can judge him for that? Coming out is a big deal, a very personal deal anyway. Growing up the way he did, and with that burdain on his shoulders, his bahaviour really resonated with me.
Second, Mason is a Hanks. The only person in his family who hasn’t had trouble with the law. Mason might be nothing like his father and brothers, but the name alone is enough to push people away.
There is also a significant age gap (Flint is 40 and Mason is 27), but honestly, it didn’t feel that big. Mason was very mature, experienced and determined. He was also hard-working and humble, and I love these qualities in a person. All in all, Mason was my favorite character. He was very patient with Flint, when a lot of people would have given up on him, but he also knew when and how to push.
Albert did a wonderful job with the world building. After reading only half of the book, the small town and its people already felt familiar to me, and I’m already invested in a lot of secondary characters’ stories. We have Logan, the mild mannered cook, Adam, the ginger lumberjack and Mason’s best friend, Curtis, the eccentric wood carver, and even the uptight city-boy Brock.
I think that fans of the author will love this book. Just don’t expect a lot of plot twists and WHOA moments. Recommended for a steamy, low-angsty read with a small town feeling and a HEA.
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