Trust with a Chaser (Lili’s Review)

Title: Trust with a Chaser (Rainbow Cove, #1)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: August 1st 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 255 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 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 by Annabeth Albert is the first book in the Rainbow Cove series. It takes place in a small (fictional) Oregon town, and it involves a sheriff and one of the town’s black sheep. Nash Flint is the town’s sheriff and hides his truth because of small town mentality but most importantly his dad’s shadow. Although his dad was a good man, he was also narrow-minded and judgemental. Nash has a hard time not hearing his father’s believes in his head.

After years of being away, black sheep by association Mason Hanks has returned to Rainbow Cove. He knows the low esteem the town holds his family in (which isn’t entirely unfounded), but he’s determined to succeed and make a name for himself. Now he has a new tavern, and he has big ideas of making Rainbow Cove an LGBT friendly travel destination.

Nash decides to try the new establishment in town and to his surprise enjoys the food and one of the new owners. Although he tries to fight his attraction to Mason, he can’t ignore their chemistry and the mere fact that Mason makes him happy. Will he allow his job and his father’s ghost to come between them?

Some of my highlights:

-Mason. I loved everything about him, and he’s one of my favorite characters I’ve read this year. His heart and loyalty to his family, his humor, and unselfishness- what was there not to like?

-Nash. He was stubborn and a bit frustrating, but it was ok. The love that he has for the citizens of the town shone through, and his character grew as the story progressed.

-Narration. The story is told from alternating POVs.

-If you love sexual tension and push n pull, then you’ll enjoy this one.

-Sweetness. There was an underlining sweetness to this story that made it a lovely enjoyable read.

-Chemistry. When Nash finally decides to give in these two are on fire!

-The end. It concludes with a strong HFN that leaves you knowing things will work out and the end.

All in all, Trust with a Chaser was a great start to a new series! If you’re looking for a sweet story with a side sexiness, then make sure you read this book! 4.25 Stars. HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.

Rainbow Cove Series

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Galley copy of Trust with a Chaser (Rainbow Cove, #1) provided by Annabeth Albert in exchange of an honest review.


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 -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant
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