Title: The Unlikely Prospect (States of Love)
Author: Lex Chase
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 7th Dec, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3.5 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.
A 40-year old virgin, a sexy non-native and a sweet HEA at the end and BAM! you have the most fun and adorable romance to completely fall in love with. I really enjoyed this book. There is zero angst, combine it with the most adorable (and sexy!!) cherry popping ever and I was totally a goner!!! And OH GOD! That poster!!! I cannot stop imagining it! (I admit it; it’s exactly what got me interested in this book!) And that part when Harper is shown the lobster with which he has to pose and he scowls and says: “Y’gunna need a bigger lobster.” OMFG!!!
This story is just adorably cute but also wicked hot. Getting a shy and sexy virgin lobsterman out of his shell is hard (read sexy!!!) work and I jumped in with gusto!!! Harper Cook and Sean Blackburn made amazing opposites-attract couple. Their interactions were cute, fun and adorable!!! Harper’s brothers were great too. Their meddling does wonders for Harper’s love life and I totally loved them for their ingenious match-making capabilities!!!
Harper is a hard-core lobsterman of very few words. He is shy and mostly keeps to himself. Any relationship he has is with his right-hand and a steady supply of conditioner (Yeah, he is too shy to even buy lube!!!) So imagine his surprise when he is coaxed (read manipulated) by his naughty brothers to model in the Men of Maine Calendar, that too NUDE!!! The money it will raise will go for building a playground in the school where Sean teaches and Harper’s niece attends. So, Harper can’t say no.
He meets Sean, the main coordinator behind the calendar production, and gets tongue tied and stutters through the entire conversation before leaving abruptly. But he wants Sean, the incredibly sexy LA man with his GQ good looks and beautiful smile. Harper’s hyper libido is put to test with his increased proximity to Sean and he finally lets his desires overcome his brain and gets his cherry popped in the most adorable and sexy encounter ever!!!
Harper is naïve in most ways romantic and his stumbling and hesitant way to love was pure joy to read!!! He is 40 but so shy and cute and I loved how Sean brings him out of his shell. Harper had some reservations about being publically outed but he gets over it quickly after he realizes that loving Sean is more important than anything else. Harper’s family and his acquaintances already knew about his sexuality so there was no hate as such. Sean and Harper’s romance is pretty smooth sailing and I loved it.
Sean is amazing in how he understands Harper and gives him pleasure without being demanding. He gently coaxes Harper to act on his desires and become confident about his sexuality. Harper’s trust in Sean was well founded and I loved him for being such an awesome partner for Harper in every which way.
I just have to mention Harper’s crab eating lesson. It was gross and messy but was just the most sexiest Foreplay ever!!! Sucking crab-juices, butter-dipping, feeding each other…. OH MY, HOT DAMN!!!
So don’t wait and pick this sweet and amazing romance ASAP. You are in for some super delicious insta-love, beautiful setting and a PINUP calendar to fall in lust with!!! RECOMMENDED!!!