The Love series:
- Wings of Love (book #1) – in this review
- Treasure of Love (book #2)
- Bounty of Love (book #3)
- Foundation of Love (book #4)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Devastated after losing his partner of fifteen years to cancer, Dr. Bradford Mitchell tries to escape the emptiness and loss by leaving his life in Seattle behind. Traveling to the Alaskan mountains where he and Jeff often vacationed, Brad reconnects with Mac Cleary, the ruggedly handsome and very straight floatplane pilot who had flown them to Hyline Lake many times in the past. Brad and Mac form an unlikely friendship and buy an old log cabin together, and as he and Mac begin to bring the old cabin back to life, Mac watches Brad come back to life as well, stirring emotions in him he’s never felt for a man before.
When fear, confusion, and a near tragedy threaten to force the two men apart, they’ll face some tough questions. Can Brad let go of Jeff and the guilt he feels about beginning to care for another man? And can Mac deal with his fears of being gay and accept the fact that he is in love with Brad? It will be a struggle for both men to keep their heads and hearts intact while exploring what life has to offer.
So what did I think?
I really enjoyed this book, just what I was in the mood for – fabulous characters, lots of love and a bit of drama thrown in!
Brad is devastated after losing his partner of fifteen years to cancer. He runs to the place where he and Jeff had spent many a wonderful holiday. The location is an isolated cabin in the Alaskan wilderness, a few miles from the lodge where they used to stay.
Mac runs his own business, flying guests to the remote lodge in his floatplane. He knew Brad and Jeff casually and understands what Brad is going through as he lost his own wife to cancer years before.
This gay-for-you/out-for-you story is filled with the emotional turmoil. Mac has totally unexpected feelings for Brad which Brad reciprocates but he is still getting over his loss.
The grief was handled beautifully, along with the guilt and worry felt by Brad as he started to acknowledge Mac in his life. Mac’s response to his own feelings was also well done. I liked that both men were so open with their communication and talked about their feelings – the story didn’t rely on mis-communication or lack of communication to add tension.
There are heaps of amusing lines “Well, duh. No-one needs to see a tiara on your head to figure out you’re gay.” as the men banter and tease each other. Their relationship is built on much more than sexual attraction.
The secondary characters were great, especially Mac’s daughter who briefly appears with just the right attitude. Brother-in-law Jack is an asshole which made reading his story in book two Treasure of Love very interesting!
Sometimes I thought Mac and Brad were just too nice (and I thought they overused each others names in conversation which didn’t feel entirely natural) but I was just in the mood for this level of niceness. Plus I liked that the characters were older.
And finally I loved the drama at the end as I have a big thing for heroics! I ended the story with a happy smile on my face.
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- Final Encore by Scotty Cade (someonehastosetabadexample.wordpress.com)