Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Journey to Lobster Cove

Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
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ISBN/BIN: 978-1-78430-445-4
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Cattle Valley is bursting at the seams and there isn’t any room for expansion, so Asa Montgomery starts looking for ways to fix their problem. When his partner Mario finds a picturesque but down-on-its-luck fishing village for sale in Maine, it seems like the answer. The problems---it’s far away from Wyoming and getting the town ready could take months—taking him away from his lover and their home.

Cullen’s isn’t sure what to think about the move but his attention gets diverted when he tries to renew his relationship with youth shelter manager Joseph Allenbrand and he’s rejected—again.  He doesn’t think Joseph believes he’s good enough and Cullen takes a job with Asa supervising the new town renovation. That’s when Joseph realizes his mistake and heads to Maine after him. Can these two find a way to make a relationship work while trying to make a new life for themselves and others?

Journey to Lobster Cove is the newest release by Carol Lynne and its book thirty-two in her long running Cattle Valley series. I recommend you read a few of the previous books to get familiar with the town, recurring characters and relationships.

With the purchase of the new town in Maine, the Cattle Valley series takes an unexpected turn. It’s a twist that could open up countless new possibilities. It certainly left me with questions I hope to see answered soon. Is the Cattle Valley series completed? Is Journey to Lobster Cove the first in a new spin-off series?  I can’t wait to see what Carol Lynne has in store for future releases—it should be interesting.

The relationship between Cullen and Joseph has been in the background for some time, so it’s nice that it’s finally been resolved. I like Cullen. He’s overcome a great deal in his life. Unfortunately he has the whole unrequited love thing going on with Joseph for years. Truthfully, Joseph annoyed me at how his rejection negatively affected Cullen. All he could think about was himself and how his actions looked to others. I spent half the book thinking Cullen should dump him, but finally—and I mean finally, we got the explanation of why Joseph’s been acting like an idiot and it made some sense. 

I’ve always been fond of Asa and Mario so it’s nice they are the second couple in this book. It even seems like they might be moving to Maine. Yeah. The overall pacing is steady, there are plenty of emotions, some action and the change of locale brings in some interesting new characters. Were some of the problems resolved a little quickly? Yes, but that’s okay. I still found Journey to Lobster Cove entertaining, and hoping for a new series gives me something to look forward to. Enjoy.

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