Title: The Shipwreck (Lavender Shores #4)
Author: Rosalind Abel
Release Date: October 4, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 311
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Lamont Price’s romance novels have been a hit for the past few years. With his gorgeous looks, kind heart, and tender disposition, Lamont is the darling of Lavender Shores. He’s the guy everyone wants to be their best friend, the guy everyone wants to protect. But even with his success and the love of his family, Lamont feels hidden from those around him. Maybe the first step is attending a writing conference and revealing the man behind his pen name….
Tyler Dixon survives off his beauty and charm. From cover model to runway fashion to weekend arm candy, Tyler’s prices aren’t cheap. While his appearance is taking him places, his life as an artist has little more than flatlined. When an author hires him to appear as the face of her brand, Tyler thinks it’s just one more job. Little does he know another writer is going to steal all of his attention.
Escaping the conference to find some breathing room, Lamont runs into Tyler at a bar. Casual conversation leads to Lamont revealing his family’s obsession with helping him find love. It’s not a big deal to Tyler, who has played the role of boyfriend for other people in the past. Before either of them can rethink the situation, Tyler is in Lavender Shores meeting Lamont’s family. Though they’re only pretending to be in a relationship, the chemistry that ignites between them is anything but imaginary…
I love the symbolism of a shipwreck for this latest Lavender Shores story. In dreams, a shipwreck signifies a failure in life or a defeat. But it also means something important has not yet been realized and prompts the dreamer to reconsider their burdens and opportunities.
Lamont Price sees only the failures in his life. He’s 45, single and writes M/F romance novels under a pseudonym (Ginger Peach). Lamont doesn’t do hookups and hasn’t had sex in years. “I saved sex for relationships. I didn’t have sex with someone I didn’t love.” Tyler Dixon, on the other hand … “I have sex with a lot of people, Lamont. A lot.” He hurried forward. “Always safe. I’m always safe. But I have sex with a lot of people.” Lamont and Tyler meet at a romance book convention when he sees Tyler doing a striptease for fans of the romance author who features Tyler on each book cover. Tyler is
… “walking sex […] He strutted and gyrated around as if he was the hottest man to ever walk the earth, yet he smiled and laughed from time to time at something one of the closer fans said. He looked friendly and approachable. And like he was having just as much fun as all the women were.
Turns out Tyler gets paid to attend social functions, parties, etc. As he says “Lots of people need to have a boyfriend for the weekend.” Lamont’s extended family in Lavender Shores has been trying to set him up for years and rather than suffer yet another family gathering of well-meaning matchmakers, Lamont hires Tyler to be his pretend boyfriend for Andrew and Joel’s baby shower; he’ll make the family happy and then break-up with Tyler a few weeks afterward.
I love the premise of this story and boy, does The Shipwreck deliver in every way. Lamont and Tyler’s story is sweet and oh, so very sexy but it’s also very emotional and affirming. Without giving away too much, I love how Tyler isn’t a stereotype of shame or poor choices and I admire Lamont for his willingness to open his mind and make an opportunity for himself and Tyler (cryptic, I know – but you just gotta read this book!). I loved The Shipwreck and give it 5 stars and a Recommended Read!
Lavender Shores Series