Justin Foster has 19 years of nothing but trouble behind him. After escaping his abusive father, he finds himself in Rock Bay, Washington, with his cousin Travis. Justin is bruised and has a hard time trusting, but with the help of his family and the small town, he might be able to heal.
Logan O'Brien is also new in town, hoping he can finally get away from his past and the memories of the girlfriend who shattered his heart. It doesn't take him long to realize Rock Bay can be more than safe harbor: It can also be home. And for the first time in his life, he finds himself captivated by a man - by Justin.
Justin is attracted to Logan, too, but he's also wary. Physically, Logan reminds him a bit too much of the closeted jerks who used to beat him up after school. But after one awkwardly amazing kiss, he's smitten, despite how his past and insecurities continue to haunt him. Logan's love, faith, and stubbornness are just what Justin needs to believe their love is worth fighting for.
©2013 M.J. O'Shea (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
I really enjoyed the first book in this series and thought this third one would be just as good. It is a classic hurt/comfort story. Justin is a young man who has been abused most of his life by his father. The abuse was severe, almost killing him at one point. The reason for the abuse is very simplistically stated as homophobia, but the father's action definitely scream more was at play. Logan is the protector, straight guy that develops a crush on Justin. There is A LOT of angst and the MCs don't get together until well pass the midway point of the book. The basic romance is sweet, but I was very disappointed in the resolution of the father issue and some of Justin's actions.
When I read about an abuse victim in books, usually it leads to some type of growth on the characters part by confronting the abuser or overcoming the demons. I didn't really get that in this book. Without giving spoilers, I will just say I was disappointed about this aspect. Also some of Justin's actions bordered on TSTL. The best part about this book was the narrator. He does a fantastic job, as he did in the first book. It was also great to see the entire Rock Bay gang again playing supporting roles.
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This is the third book in the Rock Bay series and I've listened to each one on audio. The stories of the men and their friends have each been sweet and written in O'Shea's tender telling. The narrator was a good choice to convey the emotions packed into the stories. I couldn't help but connect with the characters, especially these two men. Logan has been a secondary character since book one, and it was wonderful to see him find his HEA. Justin, though just introduced to us, melded right into the group of friends that I now feel I know - and like.
This book -heck, the entire series- is a good read for the lighter, sweeter summer months.
Audio books are the best!
I loved the deeply felt emotions inside of both Justin and Logan!
I really didn't care too much about Tom Vilots performance in the beginning of this book. But as it progress his performance was awesome!
Most of this book was moving to me. But when Justin finally told Logan what he said at the end, I was extremely moved!
I listened to the audio-book version narrated by Tom Vilot. At the outset I wondered if that media choice had been a mistake. In the initial scenes Vilot sounded surprisingly like an almost adequate text to voice app. He gets better when he's doing dialogue but the straight up prose could use a lot more inflection. This problem seemed to fade as the book went on. I'm not certain if it was because I was more wrapped up in the story, or whether he'd gotten better or maybe I'd even grown accustomed to it. I suspect that it was some combination of all of these.
Nineteen year-old Justin Foster flees his abusive home and the father who treats him like a punching bag because he's too effeminate. Justin seeks temporary shelter with his cousin and his family in Rock Bay Washington. There he encounters Logan O’Brien, a straight but sweet guy who's come to Rock Bay to lick his wounds after being dumped by his fiancee. Logan's best friend growing-up is gay and they even went so far as a non-thrilling experimental kiss a few years back which only further convinced Logan that he was straight. That is... until he met Justin.
This is a story of two guys that are drawn to each other instantly but neither can believe that a romantic relationship is in their cards. After years of abuse Justin has almost no self esteem and can't imagine that a guy that looks so much like those that tormented him in school could be any different. Logan has no problems with gay men, his best friend is gay and many of his friends and co-workers are. Yet openly gay Justin is prickly every time Logan tries to be friendly but there's just something about Justin that make Logan want to keep trying.
This story reminded me a lot of the increasingly popular sexual practice of "edging." "Edging" is where one tries to get one's partner as close to a climax as possible and then to sustain that tension until it becomes a form of exquisite torture. These two guys are so clearly drawn to each other that everyone sees it except them. One problem after another comes in their way and one wonders if they ever will truly get that payoff that we all want. But rest easy. Eventually we get that payoff and it's abundantly clear why the anticipation itself makes the journey worthwhile.
If you're into first times and GFY romances, by all means check out the book,
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