Tribute Act (LenaR’s Review)

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Title: Tribute Act (Porthkennack #8)
Author: Joanna Chambers
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: January 15th 2018
Genre(s):MM Contemporary Romance, Family
Page Count: 206
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 3 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 didn’t have a lot of luck with Porthkennack Series (as well as with Joanna Chambers books). It is why I’m glad, I didn’t completely give up on it (and her). Tribute Act is definitely my favorite novel in the series.

BUT the blurb chosen for this book is rather unfortunate. My luck was (and I really see it as a happy coincidence), I don’t remember to read the blurb and I didn’t re-read it when I started the book. This way, a very important twist remained secret. So, if you belong to those readers who don’t normally read blurbs carefully, and you accidentally come across my review, I’d recommend you NOT to read the blurb because it contains SPOILERS and don’t need other reviews, because they replay these spoilers.

Nathan Bridges leaves a a well-paid City career behind to join the family business in Porthkennack, when things become really tight: Derek might be a great stepdad and for sure a fantastic ice maker, but he has never been vigilant with the finances. When Nathan’s little sister Rosie falls ill, so that only an organ transplantation can save her life, and his mother has to spend all her time with Rosie, Nathan decides to move from London to his home town to keep a family ice café from going under.

Nathan is not a one-night stands guy, he likes to be in a relationship, but he is single since he broken up with his last boyfriend shortly before moving back to Porthkennack and…he still needs sex. He meets Mack in a local gay bar. Mack is hot, direct and he is a traveler. A perfect one-night-stand. Isn’t it is what Nathan wants? But there is something vulnerable about Mack, Nathan can sense his unhappiness, his fragility. “Don’t go. Hold me.”

Even if Nathan wakes up alone in the hotel bad the next morning, it is is easy to guess that their fates will cross, because everything between them is simply just right: the chemistry, the feelings, the emotional connection and of course sex. But there is also more to this story than a one-night-stands becomes a love story, and I really think that readers should find it by themselves and not to be informed about it in advance.

I’d like actually to thank the author for bringing one (for me) really important topic: a family relationship that I don’t see very often in my books. We have rather evil stepdads or perfect stepdads. But RL is much more complicated than THAT. I don’t want to give something away, but I have to say, that I know such kind of situations very well.

Men who invest more in their new families and forget that they have their own kids. And that THESE kids need their dads too. Doesn’t matter what made the families broken up, what adults feel to their previous partners, it is not children’s fault! I was so furious with Derek, and I don’t think I can totally forgive him for what he did to Mack.

It is a touching and emotional, well written MM romance, where a family plays a very important role.
This book made me cry (normally a very good sign) and made me furious (because of the spoiler in my review).
Very recommended.

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A passionate reader from Germany. I learned to read at the age of 4 and never stopped since then, though my books from that time were very different from what they are now. English is my third language, and I'm sorry for all grammar mistakes I made in my reviews. But I assure you, that my reading English is much better than my writing English. I'm a seeker for the books that differ from mainstream, that provoke the reader or have very often very opposite ratings.