Title: Drawn to You (Beyond the Cove #1)
Author: Jaclyn Quinn
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 20, 2018
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Leaving his enormous family behind, native New Yorker, Elijah, decides to move to Brighton Pier for a fresh start. Being part of a large LGBTQ community and landing his dream job at Inkubus, a local tattoo shop, is too big of a draw for him to turn down. But just when he thinks his new life is going perfectly, he finds out his burgeoning relationship is nothing more than a friends-with-benefits arrangement to the man he was swiftly falling for. Suddenly, everything that felt so right to him feels all wrong, and he wonders if New York, with his family, is where he is meant to be after all.
Jake has worked hard for the life he’s made for himself in Brighton Pier. His life as a bachelor is pretty set in stone. Running his own business and spending time with his family and friends is enough for him, or so he’s convinced himself. Though he’s met a man he cares for, he’s adamant about keeping his single life as is. He has his reasons for not wanting to commit to the beautiful man he’s irrevocably drawn to. He just hopes their friends-with-benefits arrangement will be enough to keep Eli in his life.
When tragedy strikes, and Jake’s world is turned upside down, his instincts lead him to lean on the one person who’s become someone special, despite his best efforts to try and push him away. Eli—unable to turn Jake away when a loss so great takes the strong man to his knees—steps selflessly into the void in Jake’s life, regardless of the toll it takes on him. As both men struggle to deal with their own emotional turmoil, their lives veering off course, they grow inevitably closer as the days pass. But even so, they are still left wondering—can two people, drawn together by tragedy, turn a devastating situation into a fresh start? Or is it too late for a new beginning?
What is better than a few tattoo artists by the beach making jokes and creating families? This book contained so much depth and magnitude. It was a pretty awesome read.
I loved both Jake and Eli. They are both tattoo artists at Inkubus, where Jake is also the owner. Eli seems to have it all… a big, loud, tight-knit family that is very close. But he’s always wanted more from the repeated single nights he’s had with Jake.
When Jake came out to his family, his parents basically wrote him off. All he had left was his brother, Kevin, his wife Maggie and their two boys, Nick and Dylan. Feeling like he was never good enough, he was afraid to give Eli anything more. But when an accident takes Kevin and Maggie, Jake’s finding out that family is what you make it to be, and it’s the most important thing there is.
I fell hard for Eli from the start. He was THAT brother who was the peacemaker and the one who tried so hard to make everyone happy. It was all he could do to put himself first and try to walk away from what he so badly wanted. I loved how fiercely he loved Jake and the boys and how much faith he had in them.
The change in Jake was written so well. It took a while to get there, but I enjoyed how much his staff became family and the elderly neighbors became family to him when he desperately needed that comfort. Family was the theme here and it definitely weaved its way through the story bringing a much needed HEA in it’s rays.
The staff of Inkubus all have so much personality and so much strength I can’t wait to continue reading this series. It’s off to a brilliant start!