Title: Here for You (Sunshine and Happiness #1)
Author: Skylar M. Cates
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 27th 2015
Page Count: 234
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Life is a thread connecting us. One pull and it all unravels.
Cole Gannon arrives in the seaside town of Ocean Vista to work as a bartender and finally find a place to belong. Determined to make a home for himself, Cole lives happily with his four colorful roommates, whom he considers brothers. The only problem is Cole’s attraction to Ian Stark—a guy all wrong for him. He wishes he didn’t keep running into the sexy lawyer.
Ian knows Cole is attracted to him, but the younger man keeps him at arm’s length. It only makes Ian more determined to be with Cole and learn all his secrets. But while Ian has built a successful law practice, he hasn’t done too well with relationships.
When a sudden and devastating tragedy occurs, it shatters Cole’s world and throws Cole and Ian together in unexpected ways. In an instant, everything between them changes forever.
This was a total surprise for me. So very different from what I’m used to from this author, yet so incredibly good.
Cole wants and needs a family.He never had one, so he tries to build it in Ocean Vista with his three roomates.Ian is a lawyer and the boss of one of Cole’s friends. Although he’s crazy about Cole, they don’t get together at first.
They will eventually get together when tragedy strikes.Yes the blurb states that something terrible will happen that will bond Cole and Ian but I still wasn’t prepared for that gut-wrenching moment that literally changed the life of every character in the story.
There wasn’t a single thing I didn’t like in this book, so this is a solid 5 star read for me. But there were things I absolutely LOVED and made it unique:
– The secondary characters.Oh man…these guys deserve a review just for them and I hope that the author gives them the story they deserve. They weren’t just roomates or friends,they were brothers. Their existence mattered to the plot and their moments together were priceless.
– The deep connection between Ian and Cole.Not just chemistry, not just love. Ian becomes Cole’s home, his safe place. Their first time together was pure beauty.
“I’ve always had to fight for a place in this world.”
“Not anymore.” Cole met Ian’s eyes.
“No, not anymore.”
-How real it was. The pain , the grief, the sorrow were not feelings that went away overnight. They dictated the actions of the characters. Even when the MCs find their happiness, some of the sadness is always there as it should be.
-What I also like was that despite their relatively young age, the characters (Cole mostly) were mature enough. Cole went back and forth as far as Ian was concerned. Not because he was immature or stubborn or because of a misunderstanding/miscommunication, he actually had a valid excuse and a guilt that didn’t let him give himself to Ian.
This Skylar Cates was so much different than what I’m used to from her, but I adored every minute of this read. It’s definately going to stay with me for a while…Ok maybe for a long time.