This is book 4 in the Tucker Springs Series.
- Where Nerves End (book #1) by L.A. Witt
- Second Hand (book #2) by Marie Sexton
- Dirty Laundry (book #3) by Heidi Cullinan
- Covet Thy Neighbor (book #4) by L.A. Witt
- Never A Hero (book #5) by Marie Sexton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Tattoo artist Seth Wheeler thinks he’s struck gold when Darren Romero rents the apartment across the hall. The new guy is gorgeous, witty, and single, plus he’s just the right blend of bold and flirtatious. Perfect.
Except then Darren reveals that he moved to Tucker Springs to take a job as the youth pastor at the New Light Church. Seth is not only an atheist, but was thrown out by his ultra-religious family when he came out. He tends to avoid believers, not out of judgment but out of self-preservation.
But Darren doesn’t give up easily, and he steadily chips away at Seth’s defenses. Darren is everything Seth wants in a man . . . except for that one massive detail he just can’t overlook. Is Darren’s religion the real problem, or is it just a convenient smokescreen to keep him from facing deeper fears? It’s either see the light, or risk pushing Darren away forever.
So what did I think?
If this hadn’t been part of the Tucker Springs series, I don’t think I would have read Covet Thy Neighbor. Although religious beliefs have a huge impact on people and how they live their lives, I usually find religion a topic I choose to avoid in my reading. Particularly if it forms a significant part of the story which I expected in this case due to one of the lead characters being a minister.
However I was pleasantly surprised!
The religious discussions and opinions were handled beautifully. Darren, the minister, was well portrayed and a very likable character with a great sense of humour. “I’m from Oklahoma. I get a bloody nose stepping onto a curb.”. With his forwardness towards Seth and his roof-top activities, he was not the stereotypical minister by any means!
It was great to see the immediate attraction between the characters of Seth and Daniel and the level of hotness! They related beautifully together and made a great couple. Both men had such wonderful and caring hearts.
It was interesting to see Seth’s confusion played out as he struggled with his feelings. “I just wanted to be in the same room with him. And I also wanted to be on the opposite side of the planet from him. I wanted Monday to get here so I could go hiking, and I hoped to hell a meteor landed in Tucker Springs on Sunday night so I wouldn’t have to face a trial and a full day alone with him.”
I thought Seth’s automatic dismissal of anyone Christian was a bit overdone or perhaps I just didn’t absorb the level of impact his family’s actions had on him. I also didn’t think that Seth’s admission of the treatment he had experienced at his old church was needed for the story. But neither of these things detracted from my overall enjoyment.
For my review of Never A Hero.
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