Bright Horizon

Pine Cove, Book 4
By: HJ Welch
Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
Series: Pine Cove Series, Book 4
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: LGBT, Literature & Fiction
4.6 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ben Turner is besotted with the handsome older man who’s always in his bakery. They have nothing in common...until one day Ben discovers he's an overnight millionaire, and his customer could become his protector. But they hardly know each other. He'd be crazy to accept his help, right? 

Lawyer Elias Solomon knows his crush on the beautiful young baker is ridiculous, but when he suspects Ben is being taken advantage of, he can't help but step in. Elias' upcoming 40th birthday has made him adventurous, but he never imagined he'd accompany Ben all the way to England. 

Ben has never even heard of his great-grandmother Nancy, his corrupt and bitter English family, their enormous home and orchard grounds, or the business they run from it. All of which he now apparently owns. It's up to Ben to save the estate with Elias' help, but does he want the responsibility? All he really wants is to fall into Elias' bed and never leave, and soon the chemistry is too much to ignore. Elias can't see how they'll make it work when they're from different generations. But when old rivalries take a dangerous turn, he soon realizes he'll do anything to keep Ben safe from harm...and in his arms. 

Book Four of Pine Cove. Bright Horizon is a steamy, standalone MM romance novel with a guaranteed HEA and absolutely no cliffhanger.

©2019 HJ Welch (P)2020 HJ Welch

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Too much of a slow burn

I have read the other titles in this series and have to say this is my least favorite one. I typically like a good MM age gap romance however this is not a good one. The author was not kidding with this slow burn, it is waaaaayyyy too slow. There is such a thing as too descriptive. As a reader, yes we want to become part of the story, but not at the expense of the plot itself. There just wasn't enough going on here. Too much fluff and not enough substance. The sex scenes were good and I liked how they were not all about anal only. But the angst was just too much. I kept wanting to yell at them just do it already. I couldn't keep listening and had to skip to the end just to move the story along. It was tiresome. Nick J Russo does a great job as usual, but even his narration sometimes got a little boring. On occasion it was hard to distinguish some of the characters and his accents were not great but it didn't take away from the story itself. Overall I would say that it is definitely not one I would reach for again. The books before this one in the series and so much better and entertaining.

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"Please don’t leave.” - Elias to Ben

Would I listen to it again: absolutely Did the story keep me engaged: completely Was I invested in the characters: totally Story comment: easy pace, charming characters and an entertaining story. I liked the length of this book, it really gives the reader/listener time to get to know Ben and Elias and watch as their relationship builds into something solid. *** possible spoiler / trigger *** Elias has survived the aids epidemic of the 80's/90's but it has left him closed off to living, listening to his backstory tugged at my heart, and I was so happy Ben could open Elias's heart up to love. Narrator comment: Another masterful performance from Nick J Russo's. His rhythm, changes in pitch and intonation, the cadence of voice and narration all works perfectly to bring Bright Horizon to life.

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Beautiful

Such a wonderful book! It was rich and full of storyline...great characters and a lovely setting. It is a book you can truly immerse yourself in. Loved Nick Russo's narration of this one!

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Blushing romance in the blooming orchard

I like the change of scenery with this one. I mean I love the scene of Pine Cove and its small town charms but I’m glad to see Ben and Elias had their adventures abroad. I’m a sucker for age gap so I love the unity between the sweet young baker and solemn, caring, mature lawyer. I got a riot of emotions listening to this audio, sad, happy, irritated, fascinated and joyful. I enjoy melodramatic family romances so reading about Ben’s chaotic family mad me chuckle a lot. The romance stream between two MCs is also great, romantic, loving and hot. NJR did great job as always performing for this story. I have always loved his energetic and happy narration so it was very enjoyable to listen this one. Although this is the fourth book in the series, you can perfectly listen this as a stand-alone. I’m looking forward to my next pine cove fix. 😉 4 Blushing romance in the blooming orchard stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Audio rating Story - 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Narration - 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Performance - 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Overall - 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I loved every minute

I don't think I've fallen for a character so quickly before as I did with Elias. I loved his relationship with Ben. I loved their love story. Elias was so kind and endearing. At the right place and right time, he found himself helping Ben with an issue pertaining to a familial will. Taking two weeks to accompany Ben to England, it was a slow burn romance that kept simmering throughout the story. It was just lovely. So many highs and lows, I never wanted to put it down. This is the first I've listened to in this series and I'm hooked. Nick J. Russo was brilliant, as usual. This is definitely an audiobook to listen to!

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  • JD
  • 05-12-20

Perfect

I loved this story. The characters are great and the story is a fun, perfect storm of events. The narration is spot on and the voices fit for what I imagined. I think you will enjoy this book and I feel like you can easily enjoy this without having read or listened to the previous books.

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So good!!!

All I can say is that I didn’t want it to end!!!! I want a whole series based on Ben & Elias!!!

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  • 05-09-20

Loved It!

I really enjoyed this slow burn, age gap romance. Ben and Elias both come into this with their own issues. I really enjoyed seeing how they grew and connected with each other. There is some angst, romance and a large cast of secondary characters to enjoy. Nick J Russo does a fabulous job giving voice to these characters. A great addition to an enjoyable series!

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Good Addition

Overall it's a good listen, I do wish we had more of the family story I felt like that got a little glossed over but otherwise the narration is done well and it was an enjoyable story.

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Sweet, Slow Burn

This is a sweet, slow burn romance that's a great addition to this wonderful series. When Ben's finds out about an inheritance from a family he didn't know existed, he's lucky to have his long time crush, Elias, by his side. Ben and Elias have liked one another for a while but neither one had acted on it. Now, Elias is determined to help Ben unravel the mystery of his inheritance and his newfound family. There are a lot of ups and downs for them along the way but it's definitely worth it because they are meant to be together! The narrator did a great job with the story and the characters. I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy of this audio book.

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  • Emma Burbidge
  • 06-05-20

Ben and the Brits

I love this Pine Cove series by HJ Welch and was thrilled when this tale brought Ben and the town's independent lawyer Elias across the pond to Merry Olde England! Nick J. Russo does a fabulous job, as always, of bringing the characters to life. Throw in lots of mean distant relatives, a few friendlier ones of the younger generation and an interfering, well-meaning servant or two and you've got an interesting situation with an unexpected inheritance! Highly recommended and can stand alone, but you may want to discover the other characters if you haven't already fallen in love with this series yet!

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  • AL
  • 05-14-20

Always a pleasure

Story: This series has been a pleasure to read from book 1 and Bright Horizon is yet another awesome addition to it! The characters are amazing as always and make you want to read every last letter without a break. Narration: I seriously think Nick J. Russo is absolutely unable of recording a bad audio! Another great one!

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 05-13-20

Great

This was a very entertaining audiobook. I really enjoyed this story by HJ. Nick’s narration really elevated it to the next level.

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  • Belinda Zamora
  • 05-12-20

Age gap, international mystery

A mysterious, unexpected inheritance has young, inexperienced Ben hopping across the pond. He literally stumbles into an amazing offer of help from Elias, an older attorney. What they find when they arrive is a horribly snooty family branch hellbent on keeping every pound in their greedy little paws. These men were so sweet together, neither one of them actually believing they were worthy of the other's love due to insecurities. Nick J. Russo did a fabulous job of bringing the story to life.

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  • Rebekah
  • 05-11-20

Really enjoyed

I really enjoyed this book and following the journey both Ben and Elias have while dealing with their pasts and their feelings for each other. As well as Ben’s estranged family who cause problems. Narrator is brilliant

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-06-20

Brilliant

Thanks to HJ Welch for my free copy of this audiobook. I've read the ebook of Bright Horizon before so I already know it's good but I've got to admit, Nick J Russo's fabulous narration takes it to a whole new level. His voice is deliciously hypnotic and I was hanging on every word!

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  • Pixiebell
  • 05-06-20

Dreams Can come True

This is the fourth book in the Pine Cove series and was my absolute favourite, it can also be read as a stand-alone. I loved the journey both across the ocean to England and, Ben and Elias made in their relationship from secret admirers from afar to tentative friends to lovers. In the story there are is an unexpected inheritance, family deception and past heartache. The characters were well written, although being British myself, I thought a couple of the English characters were more like caricatures. I have never seen anyone wear a monocle 🧐 and wave around a rifle with a bayonet on it, but then again I’m from the North of England lol 😂 but still I loved it all the same it gave it a very Agatha Christie feel. A wonderful addition to the series 5 stars 🌟 all round.

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  • Meph666
  • 05-05-20

Wonderful budding romance with great narration

Well this is a book filled with a good, old fashioned English family drama with a fair bit of dramatic romance. Ben and Elias have liked each other from a distance but when a shock is delivered to Ben at work, Elias is there to help see him through. They never expected a trip to Wiltshire, England in their future as they go in search of answers as Ben has been named the sole beneficiary of a huge estate and business. Of course, the old fuddy duddy family don't want Ben around and make him feel as unwelcome as possible. Elias is his only source of comfort and their feelings soon come to the surface, refusing to be denied any longer so that, on top of the will despute, gives the men a lot to thing about. The middle third of the book has our MC's overthinking things A Lot. It made that part a little bit of a slog to get through but it's definitely worth it when it's cushioned by two thirds that provide such entertainment with drama, romance, feuding and new friendships. There are a lot of characters that we meet when arriving in England, half welcoming the duo and half wanting them to leave ASAP. The family that Ben goes to meet are something that he's dreamed of a he's an only child with no other family other than his parents. It's a big shock when he meets those who have very strong feelings against him being involved in any way. There's a lot of anger, controlling and possible sabotage going on adding danger to the mix for our MC's. Ben isn't the only one with stuff going on. As the two men grow so much closer, Elias reveals a part of himself that he's struggled with alone for a long time. Both men have doubts about their age differences, along with maturity, income, etc but the way Ben reacts and moves forward with Elias shows him so much more than anything else can as to how mature Ben really is. The story is very well written. With Ben and Elias's love of English literature, England is kind of romanticised and I love the way it comes across in the author's writing. A small village filled with cottages with thatched roofs and a river running through sounds idyllic. With so much going on, the author does well to keep the story flowing well, apart from the middle segment as a I mentioned above. I enjoyed the plot of the book, a little darker than we've seen before in the series but just as interesting to read. Definitely a really great addition to this series. Slightly longer than others but that doesn't deter from the enjoyment. A lot of interesting characters, I loved the good and the bad as you try to work out who is actually on Ben's side, apart from Elias of course. Nick's narration is so good with a great variation on the different accents. As someone who live in Somerset, the county next to Wiltshire, I adore the way Nick pronounces it, makes me smile every time. There's a lot of different emotions that's conveyed so well with all of the family drama as well as the relationship that builds between Elias and Ben .

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  • Kirsty Mc
  • 05-04-20

When the unexpected happens it’s good to have help

Ben and Elias have known each other from their interactions at the coffee shop Ben works in. They both are attracted to the other but haven’t made a move. Things change when Ben gets a huge surprise and needs Elias’ skills as a lawyer to help him. I thoroughly enjoyed Bright Horizon. HJ Welch’s writing is enjoyable and personable and I really like that as Bright Horizon is no different. Her characters are believable, even the ‘baddie’ here I could picture existing IRL. I liked the interactions between Ben and Elias from the very beginning and was rooting on them moving forward together. Nick J. Russo does an amazing job of bringing these personable characters to life. Although mostly set outwith Pine Cove and therefore with a slightly different “feel” Bright Horizon is still a great listen.

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  • Headinabook
  • 05-03-20

4.5* of great listening

There are unexpected surprises and a great drama of the British kind in this book with an inheritance, estranged family, a big cat and new relationships. I really liked this book in the Pine Cove family, the age gap and all the insecurities surrounding that, I felt were real and organic in the writing style which is why I love this author. Elias and Ben has great chemistry as they go from acquaintances to friends and then onto lovers, finding common ground in their love of books. I would recommend the series to anyone especially those who enjoy a good HEA.