Trust with a Chaser (CrabbyPatty’s review)

Title: Trust with a Chaser (Rainbow Cove #1)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 255 pages
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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.

I swear, about five pages into Trust With a Chaser, I just felt this huge sigh of pure enjoyment because I knew I was starting a great read and boy, did Trust With a Chaser deliver. I love the tone of this book, the characters, the setting and Annabeth Albert’s top-notch writing and give it 4.5 stars.

Mason Hanks returns home after 10 years in Portland with a dream of building a business and revitalizing his home town of Rainbow Cove. But some things never change; Mason is still defined by his family’s rowdy reputation …. and Nash Flynn, Rainbow Cove’s chief of police, still deserves his “Sheriff Sexy” nickname.

Almost forty, Nash followed his hard-nosed, hard-line traditionalist father into law enforcement and to the public he’s “the consummate bachelor cop, totally married to the job” but Nash has spent a lot of lonely nights believing he can never come out and live his life as a gay man. Mason’s father (and the rest of his family with their attitude that nothing is ever their fault and law enforcement is just out to get ’em) makes Mason strive to be a better man than his brother Freddy in prison and his weasely brother Jimmy.

Nash and Mason are instantly attracted to one another (Nash calls Mason the “flame to the carefully guarded kindling that was my life”) and their relationship moves from “We’re both consenting adults. I’m not asking you to fly a Pride flag at City Hall. This would be just for tonight” to “Our hearts had gone and gotten tangled while we were supposed to be having careless fun, and now I had no clue what came next.” Their sexual chemistry is combustible and Annabeth Albert sure knows her way around very steamy scenes. Although Nash is about 15 years old than Mason, the story doesn’t really focus on the age difference, but more on these two good men who struggle to make their relationship work:

I knew how to be a good cop. I knew how to do my job. I knew how to be a respectable man, but I wasn’t sure I knew how to be the man Mason needed.

“Trust with a Chaser” is the first book in Annabeth Albert’s new series and there are a lot of interesting characters that I look forward to reading about – Mason’ BF Adam, Logan, chainsaw artist Curtis, Brock – and seeing how the small town of Rainbow Cove develops. I highly recommend Trust with a Chaser!

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


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