Title: River Home (Accidental Roots #5)
Author: Elle Keaton
Publisher: Dirty Dog Press
Release Date: February 16, 2018
Page Count: 258
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
If you don’t know what you want, would you recognize it if you found it?
Miguel Ramirez is the definition of pochos; a half-breed-white-washed Mexican–American who doesn’t speak Spanish (also unapologetically bisexual). Three years ago he arrived in Skagit a broken man having barely managed to escape an abusive relationship. Slowly, he’s rebuilt his life. He’s tried hard to discard his deepest desires and be happy with what life has doled out. Family feels out of his grasp, no one really wants to keep a stray after all. Except, maybe, a red-haired stranger with a galaxy of freckles covering his face who seems to encompass everything Miguel’s learned to avoid.
Nate Richardson; focused, solid, reliable, career-minded, Federal Agent. No time for relationships outside of work. Then he runs into Miguel with his crazy green eyes, rakish smile and outrageous sense of humor. Nate starts thinking about Miguel as more than just another guy. Nate was sure he didn’t care about sex and didn’t believe in love…he’d never met Miguel Ramirez before.
Things quickly heat up between Nate and Miguel. Crime is heating up in Skagit as well. Nate is sidelined when the case he is working on reaches a frustrating standstill. In the meantime, unnerving incidents transpire, some literally on Nate’s doorstep. Will outside forces—or their own baggage—keep Miguel and Nate apart? What exactly is family, and can Miguel and Nate make one of their own?
Approached this one with trepidation because of Spring Break and was not to auspicious beginning as I didn’t like one of main characters. I was also missing the snarky voice from Spring Break.
There is very good description of the way in which Nate’s and Miguel’s relationship develops. Both men have baggage and the plot is careful of their problems, showing impact they have on both men and their fledgling relationship. I warmed up to Miguel as the story progressed. The story has very slow development with heavy focus on relationship itself. When shadowy figure from Miguel’s past shows up tension skyrockets. It will take both him and Nate and everything they are to get out from this. Nate isn’t without scars from the past either. Everything gets dragged into the light before they manage their happy ending. Once again, the focus is on chosen family and friends.
The story had the most beautiful love confession I have ever read.
It’s primarily character driven story with heavy emphasis on friendships and family people chose instead of one they are born into.