Title: His Kindred Spirit (States of Love)
Author: Sloan Johnson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 29, 2019
Page Count: 131
Reviewed by: Kristin F.
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.0 stars out of 5
Dane has built his life around not relying on anyone but himself. When he travels from New York City to North Carolina at the request of his estranged, incarcerated father, he learns truths he’d rather not know… along with inheriting a share in his grandfather’s inn. But the place comes with complications, including a man he will have to walk away from—but can’t help falling for.
Brook has only known romance through notes left in a mailbox at the end of the beach. When he’s tasked with showing his boss’s gorgeous nephew what makes Sunset Beach and Bird Island special, he’s compelled to take Dane to his favorite place.
Dane never wanted the inn, but when it’s threatened, he steps up to defend it… and keep the man he’s coming to love by his side and in his life. But first they’ll have to clean up Dane’s uncle’s mess.
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This was a pleasant if not somewhat generic read. Dane is emotionally aloof when it comes to extended family, apprehensive about his father’s upcoming release, and a bit adrift in life.
Brook has lived in Sunset Beach/Bird Island his whole life, where everyone knows everybody, and every body’s business. He enjoys managing the Inn, taking care of his grandfather, long walks on the beach, and reading the mailbox notebooks the Island is famous for.
James, Dane’s estranged uncle, has mis-managed the Inn and is now in dire straights with the Islands version of the Mob.
For myself, I was lukewarm with Brook’s character. I felt that you could swap “Brook” for “Brooke”, and absolutely nothing else in the story would need to change. Brook was a generic character trapped by circumstance (job, family) in a tourist driven town until the love interest arrives.
The situation with James and the Islands ‘mob’ didn’t work for me. I know it’s meant to add dramatic tension, but it came across as being out of place.
There was a fair amount of emphasis placed on Dane’s father being released – a pending father and son reunion of sorts that would dictate when, where, and how the Father would live. I had hoped this part of the story would have happened sooner than it did because this is what interested me.
So, I’ve voiced my observations and will note again, this was a pleasant enough read all in all. Minimal angst, self-growth, and a HEA made for a couple of content evenings reading.
States of Love Series