Saturday, August 5, 2017

Moving Maverick by Lucy Lennox (audiobook)

Title:  Moving Maverick
Author: Lucy Lennox
My Rating: B+
Narrator: Michael Pauley

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Made Marian #5
Main Characters: Maverick and Beau
Release Date: March 2017 (audiobook)
Publisher: -
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Do you remember what you promised?”

Maverick: I haven't been back to Rabbit Island, South Carolina, since my parents died and my grandmother, Mimi, rejected me. I'm only returning now to attend her funeral and sell an estate I never wanted. But the moment I step foot on the island and fall into Beau’s arms, I realize it might not be so easy to say goodbye after all.

Beau Talmadge was always the boy next door, but now he’s no longer a kid. The man is hot as hell and pushes all my buttons in the very best way. I'm supposed to leave in a week. Sell everything, close the door on my past, and walk away forever. So why am I letting myself fall for someone who lives thousands of miles away? And how the hell am I going to break it off when it's time to go?

“That I’d come back.”

Beau: It took one short summer to fall in love with Maverick Mitchell and fifteen long years to forget him when he left. I’d never expected to see him again, but when he shows up at Mimi’s funeral looking lost and lonely I can’t resist doing anything I can to comfort him. Falling into bed with Maverick is easy and the nights we spend together are as hot and steamy as a South Carolina thunderstorm.

I know it's not smart. I know it's not what he planned. But dammit, Mav belongs in my arms, in my bed, and in my life. So how the hell do I get him to stay?

”Took you long enough.”

Fair warning: Moving Maverick is a 73k word gay romance novel featuring sweet tea vodka, fancy salt and pepper shakers, guys catching crabs (not that kind), Aunt Tilly with a knife, and multiple detailed instances of man parts touching.

Moving Maverick is the fifth book in the best-selling Made Marian series. It can be read on its own but is much more fun read as part of the series.

My Review:
Overall: 4.25
Performance: 4.5
Story: 3.75

Hmm, this story...much like book #4 in the series, it seemed a bit inconsistent. First of all, what happened to Maverick was awful, and I totally can't blame him for being bitter about his grandmother's legacy. To be rejected like that by his grandmother after losing both his parents was horrific. My heart hurt for him...and it just seemed like there should be a bit more to all that...some sort of closure for his broken heart that didn't quite seem to play out.

Overall, I liked the story between Beau and Maverick (although I hated what Beau did early in the story to keep Maverick around). I liked their history, I was sad about their separation, and the salt & pepper shaker thing was kind of cute. It seemed like at the beginning of the story there were lots of jokes that just kind of fell flat. 

This book takes place in the low country of S. Carolina and also had a lot of very southern little bits in there that seemed a bit over the they were making fun of Maverick. But I did like the relationship between the guys. I liked Beau's business and how he leaves bunny (?) carvings everywhere. I even liked the appearance of the puppy at the end although that seemed a bit random. 

The book has the same Marian characters, although because most of the book takes place in a different part of the country, they weren't quite as prevalent in this story. Something happened with Dante (Maverick's youngest brother) at the end of the story, so I'm thinking his story is next. Something is most definitely going on with him. I'm intrigued...

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