Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Welcome to Lobster Cove

Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Publisher URL: www.totallybound.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-78430-514-7
Genre: {M/M} contemporary Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

After the sudden death of their mother, Boone Jensen gains custody of his younger brother and moves them to the new LGBT town of Lobster Cove on coastal Maine. There he hopes to finds enough work as a stonemason to support them both, and to get over being dumped by his partner.

Chef Dante Madia though life was perfect until he leans his business partner’s shady dealings has caused him to lose his New York City restaurant. Forced to start over, Dante leaves the city and heads to Lobster Cove with the idea of a unique dining experience for the small fishing community. He’s not looking for love but a little fun is another matter.

Welcome to Lobster Cove is the first release in the new Lobster Cove series by Carol Lynne.  It’s a spin-off of her long-running Cattle Valley series and some of those characters and past events are referenced, but if you haven’t read it, it won’t be a problem.

Like other books of this length written by Ms. Lynne, the pacing is pretty brisk, but she still manages to have developed the character personalities, and given enough details to make it seem real. While the romance focuses on Dante and Boone, there are other relationships that give the book a great deal of appeal. Dante’s straight foster sister, Ava, came to town with him and Boone’s brother Laddy, are both great additions. That’s particularly true of Laddy. His character is warm and loving, and his Down’s syndrome is treated tastefully, and I appreciate how Boone is shown to care for him.

The attraction between Boone and Dante is almost instant, but in this case Dante isn’t willing to jump into a permanent relationship immediately and I like that, no matter what his reasons. Both men have lots of baggage but it’s only a matter of time before Ms. Lynne gets them together in a way I could believe. I also like how Laddy’s always given such an important place in his brother’s life. Probably the best scenes in the story are those revolving around Laddy. Nicely done, Ms. Lynne. 

I found the read enjoyable, and easily finished it in an afternoon. There could have been more depth regarding both Boone’s work and Dante’s restaurant, as both are a little light on details. I don’t know who’s going to be featured next but I’m curious as to what’s going to happen in this new town as it grows. Watch for the next one.

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