Title: The Hideaway (Lavender Shores #5)
Author: Rosalind Abel
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 266
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Lavender Shores’s resident tattoo artist, Connor Clark, looks the part—six foot six, musclebound, and covered in ink—and most definitely doesn’t blend in. Grafted into the Bryant family as a teenager to escape his abusive father, the Bryants saved his life, but Connor has never truly felt a part of the founding family royalty. And if his heart’s desire were revealed, it would betray everything the Bryants have done for him.
Micah Bryant was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He’s always had everything he ever wanted—save the one he desires most. Even moving to New York City for a few years didn’t dampen his passion. Not that Micah had expected it to. He’s known his destiny since he was nine years old, the moment it had walked through his door.
After years of longing, years of secrets and stolen moments of passion and love, Connor weakens enough to allow the town to see how he feels, and let the Bryants know his love for Micah is anything but brotherly. But no sooner had the decision been made than Connor’s biological family returns and shatters it all. Still, Micah holds on to the belief that their romance was written in the stars, but maybe he’d been wrong all those years….
In The Hideaway, we get the story of Micah and Connor … the two Bryant brothers. Not biological brothers, but Connor Clark was enfolded by the Bryant family when he was 13 and escaped from his abusive uber-religious family. Gilbert Bryant considers Connor his brother, but over the years nine-year-old Micah Bryant goes from hero worship to falling in love with Connor.
As the story begins, we learn that Connor and Micah desperately love each other … but how on earth do you tell your family, your friends, heck all of Lavender Shores, that the Bryant “brothers” are soul mates, and lovers, and dream of a life together? Rosalind Abel carefully crafts this nuanced relationship, full of doubt on Connor’s part of depriving Micah of a life in the limelight as a violin virtuoso in NYC. Over the years they have each struggled with revealing everything, but when Connor’s younger brother Moses comes into their lives, their plans are placed on the back burner once again.
I struggled with The Hideaway in the beginning because so much is unknown, but as Connor and Micah’s story slowly unfolds, the pieces come together and the full emotional impact hits you hard. The pace of the story felt a bit slow in the middle and the built-up to the final revelation by Connor and Micah seemed to take a long time, but the ending beautifully tied everything together. I also loved how we get a brief story of Lavender Shore’s past and I would dearly love to read a story focusing on Lavender Shore’s creation after WWII.
4.5 stars and a Recommended Read for The Hideaway, and here’s hoping there are more Lavender Shores books to come!
Lavender Shores Series