Love and Salvage: Loving Emmett

Love and Salvage:

  • Loving Emmett – book #1 – in this review
  • Eli’s Three Wishesbook #2 – (review pending)


Love and Salvage: Loving EmmettLove and Salvage: Loving Emmett by Mathew Ortiz

My rating: 3 to 3.5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Tatesville was a quiet little town just east of Atlanta, home to the Gaither clan. Emmett Gaither loved his family and his life. It was perfect. Being the only gay son had its challenges but his family stood by him and loved him all the same. He never dreamed that his world would be turned upside side by the new banker in town. The sexy blonde man made Emmett’s blood boil. But he wouldn’t be interested in a redneck man like Emmett? Would he?

Alex King had lived a gypsy life. Leaving the northwest, he thought he wanted to live in the bustling city of Atlanta. Still he wasn’t happy, so he jumped on the change to move to a quieter life in Tatesville. He was sure he’d never meet a good guy in the little southerntown. Imagine his surprise when one of his customers wanted to fix him up with her SON! Had he move to the Twilight Zone? If so, he was happy to live there when the customer’s tall, dark and handsome walked into his bank…now what?

So what did I think?

There was something just a little bit endearing about the characters in this book – from Emmett and Alex to the whole clan of Gaither’s – there was Momma, Pa, Uncles, Aunts, cousins, brothers and a sister. Add to that Alex’s best friend Hale and it was almost hard to keep track of people!

Emmett is a self-declared redneck with a wonderful family who love him for who he is. They are country folk but with a thriving salvage business – Emmett has a real talent for spotting items in run down houses that can be sold for a fortune.

Emmett’s mother, Mabel, takes him with her to do the banking one day. But Momma has a plan and propositions Alex, who works at the bank to go out with Emmett. Luckily sparks were flying and they were both happy to say yes! Alex has come from the city, looking to escape the fast-paced lifestyle and had bought his buddy Hale with him.

This story has a bit of very thing – Emmett thinking there’s no way a man like Alex would be interested in a country boy, Hale questioning Alex’s interest in ‘hillbilly’, Alex’s pushy city friends coming to visit and pressure him, lots of family time and some drama with an attack.

Yes, there were some editing issues with a few typos but not enough to distract from a cute story. This was easy reading, largely because I think someone about Emmett really appealed to me.

3 to 3.5 stars

A copy of this book was provided by the author in return for my honest review.


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