Fool of Main Beach (Belen’s Review)

Title: Fool of Main Beach (Love in Laguna #5)
Author: Tara Lain and K.C. Kelly (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 4th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Merle Justice wants to reach for the stars, but it’s tough to get respect when playing a teenybopper vampire on TV. Then he meets a famous director anxious to give him all he thinks he wants—and maybe a bit more. Everything’s looking up until a life-threatening encounter with some homophobes on Main Beach puts Merle face-to-face with a Sasquatch-sized hero in a pink puffer coat.

Tom Henry defies description. As unsophisticated and simple as an angel, he walks through life content with who he is and asking for very little except to care for his sister, Lily, and the dogs he loves. Then he meets Merle, the embodiment of dreams he barely knows he has. Merle knows the people who hold his future in their hands might love Tom—but they’ll never understand Merle and Tom together. Tom knows it too. With lives this far apart, who’s really the fool of Main Beach?

This was a sweet romance and while it slows somewhat in the middle with a frustrating separation, it (thankfully) picks up again quickly. Overall I loved K.C. Kelly’s narration and really thought he did well and had a good handle on the many different character voices and was able to convey the emotions of many scenes without going over the top. Told in Merle and Tom’s dual POV, this is sweet without being excessive. Just a nice, low angst, sexy, romance with a lovely HEA.

My only complaint about the narration was the (to me) mispronunciation of the car brand Audi. I’ve always been taught it’s pronounced “ow-dee” and Kelly kept pronouncing it “awe-dee”. Perhaps that’s a regional pronunciation? Regardless, fans of the series should enjoy getting to spend time with the casts from some of the other books in the series who make appearances and even play more supportive roles to help Merle and Tom along in their romance.

Though this is the fifth book in the series, it can absolutely be read/listened to as a standalone.

Love in Laguna Series

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Review Copy

Audio copy of Fool Of Main Beach (Love in Laguna #5) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future