Title & Link: The Broken Road Cafe (Broken Road Cafe #1)
Author: T.A. Webb
Buy Link: Amazon.com The Broken Road Cafe (The Broken Road Cafe #1)
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Rating: 5+ stars
A Guest Review by Sammy
Review Summary: A first installment in a new series that kept me up all night racing to the finish and then hungry for more!
Blurb: What happens when you get everything you’ve worked for, only to discover it’s not what you really want?
Dan O’Leary worked night and day to finish law school, join a top firm, and make partner all before the age of thirty-five. He’s found a man who swept him off his feet, and his best friend of twenty years has his back.
His growing discontent with his job has Dan considering a change, but a series of betrayals, professional and personal, lead Dan to reconsider his whole life.
Making a fresh start, Dan meets the people of Blue Ridge, Georgia, including Chief of Police Nick Oliver, and, perhaps, finds a new home. But danger from his old life follows him and puts not only his life, but that of his new friends, at risk.
Broken Road Cafe Series
Review: Take a healthy dose of intrigue, suspense and betrayal, along with a hot chief of police and the most winsome group of secondary characters a novella has ever seen and you have the perfect blend for a top notch series opener. The Broken Road Cafe by T.A. Webb has all that and then some, and quite frankly it is the then some that makes this story stand out in all the right ways!
Dan O’Leary has not always been the best of boyfriends. He works long and exhausting hours as a partner in a law firm that now wants to throw him under the bus and force him to defend the scum the same law firm has secretly been aiding and abetting. So when he comes home after delivering his resignation to find his partner Abe in flagrante with his two best friends, he realizes it is time for a change–a big change.
Leaving behind his old life, he moves out of Atlanta and pursues the one thing that has always been a comfort for him, the satisfaction of a good, home-cooked meal. the Blue Moon Cafe stands in a small town chocked full of some of the quirkiest and sweetest folks Dan has ever met. Within just a few days, Dan realizes that for the first time since losing his parents, he is home. Before he can change his mind, Dan has purchased the diner and renamed it the Broken Road Cafe. There is a rightness to the place and a sense of peace that had always been elusive at best now holds him firmly in its grip–as does one very hot, yet conflicted police chief, Nick Oliver.
Nick has a reputation to uphold and being in the closet suits him just fine. What he did not count on was the strong pull he feels for the very out and outspoken Dan. For Nick, Dan’s relocation to his small corner of the world brings with it the possibility of a relationship he had never planned on, a push out of his comfortable closet that he does not necessarily want and danger in the form of a drug running gunman that he never anticipated. For, you see, the very client that made Dan walk away from his partnership at the law firm has followed him out of Atlanta to Blue Ridge and is hot on Dan’s heels bringing with him a tangled web of drugs, human trafficking and attempted murder.
Dan has inadvertently brought harm to the doorstep of the people he has grown fond of so very quickly. Now he and Nick must move to solve the mystery of how and where the drugs are being moved through the small town and somehow manage to not lose their lives or each other in the process.
There is so much to talk about when one reviews a novel by author T.A. Webb. His characters that are so very familiar, as if you have known them all your life. The way in which he writes about lost love and wounded hearts with such compassion and infinite care that draws you immediately into the life of the amazing men and women he creates. The twists and turns he weaves into his intricately drawn story keeps you on the edge of your seat and awake long into the night in order to finish his compelling novella that pulls you right in to the action and makes you turn page after frantic page seeking to solve the mystery he has so carefully crafted. However it is that “then some” I referred to above that really sets this author apart from so many others.
Mr. Webb writes about humanity like no other. He lays bare our pain and sorrow, and our not so pretty faults and then gently pats us on the back and says he has been there too and assures us that life will get better…that we will heal and somehow move on despite the deep hurt we have just experienced. He does not excuse those who do us wrong, but instead, allows forgiveness to be the high road his characters long to embrace and somehow find their way along. It may not be quick, in fact, it may be a mere whisper of something to come, but this author understands that burning bridges is never wise and that a measure of grace extended to an enemy may be difficult but will restore our own humanity. This is the real beauty of Mr. Webb’s writing and the reason words like “exquisite” and “touching” are often mentioned hand in hand with his work.
The Broken Road Cafe is the first in what I hope will be a long and healthy series of novellas by T.A. Webb. The author leaves just enough dangling plot points to make us growl just a bit in frustration at novel’s end and then beg for the next installment. This is a series to watch from an author who knows how to write. A winning combination in anyone’s book!