Title: Tribute Act (Porthkennack #8)
Author: Joanna Chambers
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: January 15th 2018
Page Count: 206
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Nathan Bridges hadn’t intended to settle down in his home town of Porthkennack—he just ended up staying after saving the family business from ruin. The truth is, Nathan can’t stop himself from stepping in when problems arise. He’s a fixer, the man everyone turns to. But even fixers can’t solve everything.
When Nathan’s sister needs an organ transplant, it’s his stepbrother, Mack, who the family turns to as Rosie’s only potential living donor. Nathan’s curiosity about the stepbrother he’s never met turns to shock when he realises that Mack is his latest—and hottest ever—one-night stand.
Nathan and Mack agree to forget their single night together, but that’s easier said than done. When Mack moves in to Nathan’s place to recuperate after surgery, it’s not just the sexual tension between them that keeps growing. Against all the odds, and despite Mack’s wariness of intimacy, the two men grow close enough that Nathan begins to wonder what it would take to mend the rift that’s kept Mack and his father estranged for over a decade . . . and whether Mack might consider staying with Nathan in Porthkennack for good.
I love storylines about one night stands that end up being the MC’s boss or employee or neighbour or brother’s friend or whatever.
Imagine when your one night stand ends up being your stepbrother! The stepbrother you ‘ve never met, and who’s here because he’s the only matching living donor to your litle sister.
I’m not going to rehash the plot. Besides, this is mostly a quiet story, character and relationship focused.
Mack and Nathan are almost polar opposites. Nathan is the one who returns to his roots willingly because he’s a fixer who stays and works on things. Mack is a drifter who’s used to moving around because nothing feels like home.
I think this is one of those times where the story benefited from the single POV. Mack remained an enigma until the end of the book, which kept my interest alive despite there not being too much plot or plot twists. The last couple of pages from Mack’s POV were brilliant and very rewarding.
Mack’s dad pissed me off more often than not. I kept waiting for him to grow a pair and stop hiding behind his selfishness and cowardice, but nope. Sadly, though, he’s so very realistically portrayed. I can only say kudos to the author.
My only niggle is that the characters kept pussyfoting around and their denial to talk about their feelings almost felt like a miscommunication, which was a little bit frustrating.
I haven’t read all books in the Porthkennack series, but all the books that I have read have the gritty, melancholic tone in common, fueled by the rough cornish setting. I absolutely LOVE this element.
Joanna Chambers is a relatively new author to me, but some of her stories has blown my mind (like the Enlightment series). Tribute Act is among these stories.