The Veranda (Lavender Shores #3)

Title: The Palisade (Lavender Shores #1)
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 234
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


Confident businessman Joel Rhodes sees the small California town of Lavender Shores as nothing more than a business transaction and a final stepping stone to the position he’s been working towards his entire life. It was supposed to be nothing more than one night in town to close the deal, and sleeping with one of the local men, no matter how gorgeous, meant nothing more than a few hours of fun.

Andrew Kelly is perfectly content with the life he has in his hometown. So much so, that that only thing missing is someone to share it with. Going to bed with a tourist was never meant to be the answer to his dreams, just a beautiful distraction. He could get back to looking for Mr. Right the next day.

Both Andrew and Joel’s worlds are turned upside down when a few hours of pleasure gets extended to a couple of days. Even that shouldn’t be a big deal. You can’t fall in love in that amount of time, that isn’t how works. However, if destinies collide, a few short days may be all it takes to find your soul mate. Even so, when secrets and motivations get tangled, destiny may do nothing more than leave two hearts in pieces.

The Palisade is the first book in the new Lavender Shores series, with a new book coming each month – The Garden (July 2017); The Veranda (August 2017); The Shipwreck (September 2017) and The Hideaway (October 2017). The author has created a rather extensive website about the town of Lavender Shores and its residents.

Andrew Kelly’s family was one of the founding families of Lavender Shores, a small community about an hour out of San Francisco, surrounded by the Point Reyes National Seaboard. Andrew’s heart belongs to Lavender Shores:

The rest of the world was fine, but Lavender Shores was in my blood, as much a part of me as anything else. In my twenties, I’d still sit at the top of the palisade staring out at the sea, and dream of a man coming to town and loving me.

Joel Rhodes arrives in Lavender Shores with a mission – yet another test from his impossible-to-please father. He’s willing to do whatever it takes, until he gets to know Andrew and realizes that maybe there is something more important:

Maybe it was time to tell Andrew that I hadn’t intended to meet someone like him. That I’d never met anyone like him. Who made me feel like he did. How the hell was I supposed to know someone like him even existed?

There is an immediate sexual sizzle, a whole blazing bonfire of lust and attraction, between the two men, but what takes them by surprise is the love that rapidly develops. Usually I’m not the biggest fan of insta-love, but it really works here. I also like how this book sets up the series, introducing us to the community and some of its residents without sacrificing Joel and Andrew’s story.

There’s a lot of heart to this story and I’m really looking forward to reading more about Lavender Shores. 4.5 stars!

Make sure, when your dreams finally start to come true, you notice. Don’t let it pass without noticing. Most people do.

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