Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Facing West by Lucy Lennox (audiobook)

Title:  Facing West
Author: Lucy Lennox
My Rating: A
Narrator: Michael Pauley

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Forever Wilde #1
Main Characters: Nico and West
Release Date: November 2017 (audiobook)
Publisher: 
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
The first book in a new series by Lucy Lennox!

Nico:

I left my family and tiny Texas hometown fifteen years ago to escape small-town gossips and to give my mom and sister the chance at a better life. But when a phone call from an attorney back home informs me that my sister passed away, leaving me custody of her newborn baby, I’m shocked out of the steady life I’ve built for myself running a tattoo shop in San Francisco.

The thing is: I don’t do babies. And I don’t do small towns. Or commitment. And I especially don’t do family. My plan is to go back to Hobie just long enough to sign adoption papers, giving my niece the kind of stable, loving family I could never provide.

But the moment I meet my niece in the arms of Weston Wilde, my sister’s best friend and the town’s handsome doctor, my plans begin to change. Because suddenly, I see a different future. One with the very thing I thought I never deserved: a family. If only I can convince West that I’m not the same good-for-nothing kid ready to bolt when things get tough.

Weston:

There’s one thing I know for sure about Nico Salerno: he was a good-for-nothing as a kid and judging by the purple-haired, tattoo’d punk who shows up at his sister’s funeral, he hasn’t changed. There’s no way I’m letting him take custody of my best friend’s baby.

But the more time I spend around him, the more I realize that his rough exterior is just a shell and that beneath all the tattoos is a scared, insecure man searching for a place to belong. And pretty soon I know exactly where he belongs: in my bed and by my side.

The problem is, he abandoned his family once before, how do I know that if we become a family he won’t do it again?

Facing West is the first in the new Forever Wilde series about the huge Wilde family from Hobie, Texas, whose patriarchs aren’t above a little meddling if that’s what it takes to help their grandkids find true love.
 

My Review:
Overall: 4.5
Performance: 4.5
Story: 4.5

Ooh, this was a good book. I actually didn't realize going into this one that it was a spinoff of the Made Marian series. If I'd realized, I probably would have read it earlier. And yes, it's a spinoff with a lot of the same kind of vibe to it, but this book felt like it had a little bit more of a realistic edge to it. That may be down to the story details, but this felt a bit less like a fairy tale story that the Made Marian books did (Note: this is NOT a criticism of those books....I loved that whole series. I just think I'm going to like this one even more.)

So, this book...Nico is home after 12 (?) years. He ran away at the age of 15. When he left, his sister was angry and his mother was about to marry the sheriff, whose 2 sons loved to torment Nico. His life wasn't happy, not that it was an easy road after he ran away either. But now, he's on his feet and has a nice life. Until he gets a call from his sister's lawyer that she's died and left him her baby. 

West was Nico's sister's best friend. As a result, he was there throughout the pregnancy and the birth. He's also been the one constant in Pippa's life. He might as well be her father, because he's filled that role since day one. So it's a huge shock with Nico shows up claiming the baby as his. 

This was a sweet, fun, heartwarming book. Because of what Nico's been through, he doesn't have a lot of confidence in his own self worth. But West sees the truth of who Nico is and really likes that guy. 

I started this audiobook, planning to listen to it an hour at a time. I listened to the first 6 hours in one go because I couldn't stand to walk away from the story. It was a fantastic book. I definitely recommend it and am looking forward to more in the series. 

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