Resurrecting Elliot (Newport Boys #2)

Resurrecting Elliot
Title: Resurrecting Elliot (Newport Boys #2)
Author: Cate Ashwood
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 20, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Newport Boys: Book Two

Nightmares and panic attacks following a horrific tragedy leave Professor Elliot Lawrence a prisoner in his own home. After months of relying on his sister as his only connection to the outside world, Elliot is desperate for a sliver of independence. But leaving the safety of his home isn’t an option, not yet, and he reaches out in the most innocuous way he can think of: grocery delivery.

Colton Kelly, retired porn star and recent college grad, is struggling at two minimum wage jobs to make ends meet. During one of his grocery deliveries, he meets Elliot. Although the attraction between them is instant, they must first traverse the long road of putting Elliot back together. When disaster strikes yet again, this time in Colt’s life, Elliot’s not sure he’s strong enough to be the man Colt needs him to be.

Resurrecting Elliot is the second book in the Newport Boys series. Here we finally get Colt’s story. Colt was one of my favorite characters from Keeping Sweets. His humor, charm, and his fierce loyalty to his friends made me fall in love with him. This book begins some time down the road. Colt has left porn behind, working two jobs, and looking for a teaching position. It was while working one of his jobs that he meets Elliot. Elliot suffers from PTSD after a traumatic experience. He hasn’t been able to leave his home due to his extreme anxiety. Once they meet they feel an immediate connection and become friends.

My thoughts… This was such a lovely story. Cate Ashwood gave us a true story of love. These men were able to see past everything and see the best in each other despite their pasts and current hardships. You know that Jerry McGuire quote, “You complete me.”? These men were each other’s soulmates.


“Their bodies moved together in a rhythm they’d discovered from day one, and every time got better and better. Colt pushed when Elliot pulled, Elliot sank when Colt lifted. They were in perfect harmony…”

What I loved:

    *Colt. I loved him even more in this story!
    *Elliot. For his strength and loyalty.
    *Colt & Elliot ?
    *The development of their friendship into a relationship.
    *The story had smooth, easy pace.
    *I loved both their siblings.
    *The steamy scenes are very romantic.
    *Loved that there was no dumb unnecessary drama, misunderstandings.
    *Low angst, feel good story.

My only complaint would be that I would’ve liked more story at the beginning of their friendship. That’s about it though- this is a solid little story.

As far as this being book 2 in a series- do you have to read book 1? I guess not, but it’s highly recommended. Colt plays a big part- especially towards the end. You get a true sense of his character.

Overall, I highly recommend this one. It was great to catch up with Bran and Evan and for Colt to finally get his happily ever after. 4.5 Stars ?

P.S. Cate Ashwood, can we place get a book 3 in the series? Richie needs a book!!


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I’m a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness.

A few of my favorite tropes:

-Friends to lovers
-Age gap

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