The Provincetown series:
- When Love Takes Over (book #1) – click here for review
- Chasing the Sun (book #2) – click here for review
- When Love Gets Hairy (book #3) – in this review
- When Love Comes To Town (book #4) – in this review
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
As vain as he is beautiful, Nino Santos happily lives life waiting for the next ferry full of fairies to bring him new conquests. As long as they aren’t hirsute, he’s all in. So he’s shocked to wake up after a beach party he cannot remember with a hairy naked man lying next to him.
Teddy Miller doesn’t remember the “Bear Week” party either, much less the Abercrombie & Fitch model wannabe next to him. Teddy doesn’t give two cents about appearances, but guys like Abercrombie don’t return the favor. That’s why he prefers men with extra fur and padding over carbon copy clones of perfection—a type of man Teddy is far too familiar with.
When Nino and Teddy glimpse each other the next morning, it’s loathing at first sight. Instead of exchanging phone numbers, they exchange insults and vow never to see each other again. In Provincetown, however, escaping a trick best forgotten isn’t easy. Mutual friends and chance circumstances keep Nino and Teddy in each other’s orbit. But are they fighting each other or the attraction growing between them? The answer lies amid Provincetown’s windswept dunes and the night neither of them can recall.
So what did I think?
It’s Bear Week in Provincetown.
“Why couldn’t everyone be like these guys and not be so damn body conscious? They loved and lusted after each other with hearts as big as their barrel chests.”
This is Nino’s story, as he meets Teddy, who’s in town for the week. It’s a story about preconceived ideas and making judgments based on outwards appearances. I this case, our two MCs, see something outwardly in the other that immediately turns them away from each other despite a hook-up that neither remember.
Nino, who we met in When Love Takes Over as Van’s roommate, is a model and hate’s Bear Week. Teddy, doesn’t like shallow men like Nino, who only think about their looks. He likes men like himself. Or does he? There’s a reason Teddy shies away from men like Nino and it makes for a nice story as Teddy finally confronts his own demon (who we see lots more of in the next book).
I like the books in this series – cute and sweet.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Brody O’Shea isn’t looking for much, just a hot guy with a decent job, who is sane and doesn’t have kids. The son of a former rock star, Brody has lived through the pain of bankruptcy and bad parenting, and he doesn’t want to experience it again. As a reformed horndog, he wants the security and stability of a relationship. But almost every guy he meets seems satisfied with Mr. Right Now, and he wants to find Mr. Right—now!
The only men Eric Vasquez chases are criminals. As a deputy and single father, he has no need for a relationship after his last one ended disastrously. He lives for and through Maddie, his nine-year-old daughter. Everything else is a needless distraction, but distraction is what Eric gets when he comes to Provincetown to attend the wedding between his cousin Van and the man of his dreams.
When Brody and Eric meet, what they want and what they find conflict. An ocean of expectations separates them. If they cannot move past their reservations to reach each other’s shores, they might miss the boat when love comes to town.
So what did I think?
Brody is looking for Mr. Right and his Mr. Right needs to meet certain requirements – most importantly to not have a child. So of course, Mr. Right arrives in town with a kid in tow.
Eric has not had an easy time of it over the last couple of years and is extremely protective of his daughter, Maddy. Maddy is sweet and wise and just a bit precocious.
Certain misunderstandings allow Eric and Brody to develop a friendship which pretty much leads to love, although it takes the two of them a while (okay, so it’s only a couple of days) so acknowledge their feelings. They are a great couple and together are sweet and very sexy.
I liked the way all the couples from the previous three books make an appearance and it’s a happy ending all round for everyone.
This is light, feel-good reading with a great setting, love, romance, nice characters and a touch of hot sex.
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