4 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Author Provided Book Contemporary Dee exhibitionism Fake relationship Gay Gay Heat Index Holiday Romance Hurt/comfort Length m/m Mid level steam/heat Mild level angst Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Older MCs Part of a Series Porn star Standalone writer

The Shipwreck by Rosalind Abel

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Lamont Price’s romance novels have been a hit for the past few years. With his gorgeous looks, kind heart, and tender disposition, Lamont is the darling of Lavender Shores. He’s the guy everyone wants to be their best friend, the guy everyone wants to protect. But even with his success and the love of his family, Lamont feels hidden from those around him. Maybe the first step is attending a writing conference and revealing the man behind his pen name….

Tyler Dixon survives off his beauty and charm. From cover model to runway fashion to weekend arm candy, Tyler’s prices aren’t cheap. While his appearance is taking him places, his life as an artist has little more than flatlined. When an author hires him to appear as the face of her brand, Tyler thinks it’s just one more job. Little does he know another writer is going to steal all of his attention.

Escaping the conference to find some breathing room, Lamont runs into Tyler at a bar. Casual conversation leads to Lamont revealing his family’s obsession with helping him find love. It’s not a big deal to Tyler, who has played the role of boyfriend for other people in the past. Before either of them can rethink the situation, Tyler is in Lavender Shores meeting Lamont’s family. Though they’re only pretending to be in a relationship, the chemistry that ignites between them is anything but imaginary…


Another well-written book in the Lavender Shores series. This is a standalone, but it helps to have read the others in the series, if only to keep track of the other couples, family members.
Lamont is a writer who longs to write under his own name, Tyler is a romance book cover model and a professional photographer. He also moonlights in adult entertainment – (Lamont doesn’t know this – yet). Lamont needs a boyfriend for a family gathering so Tyler offers his services, (as a fake BF for hire). Both men are already attracted to each other, but both have their reasons for not trying to act on the mutual attraction – Lamont is insecure about himself, age (older) and Tyler has to prove to Lamont that his attraction is not fake.
The romance develops smoothly, that is until Lamont finds out what else Tyler does for a living – it’s not the photography 😉
What I really liked about the story is that the MC’s are flawed like most real people. They need to work on themselves before they can be whole for anyone else. There is no magic fix – Lamont gets professional help for his insecurities, Tyler goes back to his other vocation (but with changes) and he takes a chance to make his dreams of being a photographer come true.
There is one little surprise – Lamont had a bit of a kink in him! But you have to read the book to see what it is ☺
I really liked this book.
4 out of 5 stars


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