Title: The Shipwreck (Lavender Shores #4)
Author: Rosalind Abel and Kirt Graves (Narrator)
Publisher: Wings of Ink Publications
Release Date: August 15th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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 his or her 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 returning to Lavender Shores with it’s interesting characters, but I’ve been particularly interested in Lamont’s story since listening to him agree to hiring Tyler as his fake boyfriend at a family gathering rather than face his family’s awkward, but well-meaning, attempts to get him matched up from the excerpt at the end of The Veranda.
From the moment I heard the plot I was sold. I love a good fake boyfriends turning to something real trope and I just had to know how quiet, almost-melts-into-the-background Lamont dealt with trying to fool not only all of Lavender Shores, but his father, Robert, especially. I thought Tyler and Lamont fit well together and was really interested in seeing how it all played out.
His hand traveled up my spine and came to rest on the back of my head.
I had no thoughts, nothing concrete. Just the kiss, the warmth and hardness of his body against mine, the cradle of his hand against my head. I felt his stiffness against my own, but even that arousal was far away. I didn’t know Lamont, and he most definitely didn’t know me, but for just that moment, he was… everything. And from the protective strength of his embrace, I knew I was his everything too.
The Shipwreck does not disappoint. It’s got a strong cast of characters, and interesting premise, a bit of a twist, and a very happy ending.
There were countless details Lamont didn’t know about my life or about me. And there were just as many I didn’t know about him. But he knew me. In a way, more than anyone else ever had.
And I knew him.
I liked both Tyler and Lamont, together and as characters. I figured out Tyler’s secret after a few very heavy clues were dropped and I thought it was interesting (good interesting, not bad) the way their romance plays out. Added to how much I love getting to visit with past favorites from the previous books, and The Shipwreck definitely ranks in my top favorites of the series.
Kirt Graves performs well, delivering a narrative style that’s easy to listen to without being over the top and featuring easy to follow character voices and a good pace.
Recommended for those who love the fake boyfriend trope and are looking for a romance with hot sex, not too much angst, and a truly lovely happy ending.
P.S.: I’m really looking forward to listening to Connor’s story!
Lavender Shores Series