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Lavender Shores Book 9
Rosalind Abel
M/M Romance
December 17, 2018
336

Sexy bartender Seth Marino is the epitome of the allure and sophistication for which the town of Lavender Shores is known. For twenty years, Seth has found contentment and happiness as co-owner of the Blue Blossom Bed-and-Breakfast. Seth’s kind heart, good looks, and humor charm both locals and tourists—except the one person who despises him.

Charley Perez began building the life of his dreams a few years before Seth moved to town. Just as his hard work was about to pay off, Charley saw his hopes for building a restaurant worthy of his abuela’s recipes slip through his fingers when Seth arrived. Sure, maybe Charley has a temper, perhaps he should smile more, but does the whole world have to lay out the red carpet for the slutty bartender while never giving Charley a break?

When Lavender Shores welcomes a star-studded food-and-wine celebration, Seth and Charley are forced to work together, leading to an explosion of anger and passion. Both men find the heat and fire of hatred morphing into an irresistible attraction. But even as Seth sees a different side of Charley, the hurt and anger of the past simmer below the surface, threatening the future. And a lifetime of struggle isn’t easy for Charley, who must find the courage to show his true self in seeking help and reaching for his dreams.

Charley Perez began building the life of his dreams a few years before Seth moved to town. Just as his hard work was about to pay off, Charley saw his hopes for building a restaurant worthy of his abuela’s recipes slip through his fingers when Seth arrived. Sure, maybe Charley has a temper, perhaps he should smile more, but does the whole world have to lay out the red carpet for the slutty bartender while never giving Charley a break?

When Lavender Shores welcomes a star-studded food and wine celebration, Seth and Charley are forced to work together, leading to an explosion of anger and passion. Both men find the heat and fire of hatred morphing into an irresistible attraction. But even as Seth sees a different side of Charley, the hurt and anger of the past simmer below the surface, threatening the future. And a lifetime of struggle isn’t easy for Charley, who must find the courage to show his true self in seeking help and reaching for his dreams.

(Contains Lavender Shores maps and family trees.)

Reviewed by Gloria Lakritz

Sr. Reviewer and Review Chair for the Paranormal Romance Guild

I love this series, and have waited and waited for sexy bartender Seth Marino to finally find ‘his person’. Rosalind Abel has built a beautiful  town for her readers on the beautiful hillside  of Lavender Shores. Seth has his past laden with hurt and pain and settled there over 20 years ago finding a place to belong. He is now a respected member of the town, co-owner of the towns Bed and Breakfast The Blue Blossum.

We have seen during the past eight books his chances to find ‘his person’ have not worked out. He is handsome, charming, great in bed. Only one person in town you could say  actually is not a fan…..and the feeling has been mutual.

Charley Perez came to town a few years before Seth did, haunted. He worked hard and was ready to buy a piece of land to build his restaurant and fate foiled his plans in the name of Seth Marino.  He has hated him ever since.

So we begin this story on Xmas eve 2018. It was to be a threesome hook up…….very hush hush…..at the Blue Blossum Honeymoon Sweet. That’s where the whole thing started…..Fire and Heat.

I must say I loved this story and it might be my new favorite….I didn’t think Will and Andre’s book could be topped….But I think this one does it!! Excellent read….