Monday, January 15, 2018

Tribute Act by Joanna Chambers

Title: Tribute Act
Author: Joanna Chambers
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Porthkennack #8
Main Characters: Nathan and Mack
Release Date: January 2018
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Nathan Bridges hadn’t intended to settle down in his home town of Porthkennack—he just ended up staying after saving the family business from ruin. The truth is, Nathan can’t stop himself from stepping in when problems arise. He’s a fixer, the man everyone turns to. But even fixers can’t solve everything.

When Nathan’s sister needs an organ transplant, it’s his stepbrother, Mack, who the family turns to as Rosie’s only potential living donor. Nathan’s curiosity about the stepbrother he’s never met turns to shock when he realises that Mack is his latest—and hottest ever—one-night stand.

Nathan and Mack agree to forget their single night together, but that’s easier said than done. When Mack moves in to Nathan’s place to recuperate after surgery, it’s not just the sexual tension between them that keeps growing. Against all the odds, and despite Mack’s wariness of intimacy, the two men grow close enough that Nathan begins to wonder what it would take to mend the rift that’s kept Mack and his father estranged for over a decade . . . and whether Mack might consider staying with Nathan in Porthkennack for good.

My Review:
I really enjoyed this book. There's a great, complex backstory for this family and I'll admit I never truly understood exactly what Derek's issue with Mack was. But gah...Mack hurt my heart. There is so much pain for him and I just wanted to hug him. He needs a hug so bad. (And that's where you know this is a good book because I wanted to crawl into the book and take care of Mack.) But luckily Nathan feels the same way so I got to live vicariously through him (at least to the point that Mack would allow him to take care of him...which wasn't much)...confused yet?

Yeah, I'm making this much harder than it is. Mack is a wounded character. At the age of 15, he basically lost both his mother and father and was left alone with his homophobic grandparents. That's left scars on him. He doesn't allow himself to connect with people. 

But there's one thing in this book that changes the circumstances between Mack and Nathan. They met as strangers, not as estranged family, and they connected. So when Mack does this incredible thing for them, Nathan steps up to make sure that Mack is taken care of and moves him into Nathan's house for the next three months. While he recovers they form a friendship that slowly evolves into more. 

With the exception of Derek, I loved this book. I loved the slow build up of the real relationship between Mack and Nathan. I love that Nathan is a fixer. I love that Mack never even questioned this huge gift he's giving to the family that's never been there for him. I loved the musical aspect to Mack and that he's so much more talented than Derek ever was (did I mention that I really, really didn't like Derek?).

Overall, the book is just a great read. I'll admit that I'm a sucker for a wounded hero...and Mack is definitely one of those...both mentally and physically, so this romance really, really worked for me. 

I recommend you grab it. Note: while this is part of a series, the only tie-in to the series is this quaint English seaside location. You can easily read this book without having read any of the other books in the series. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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