Monday, October 24, 2016

Change of Address by Jordan S. Brock

Title: Change of Address
Author: Jordan S. Brock
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Hartsbridge Island #1
Main Characters: Michael and Josh
Release Date: October 2016
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Air Force sergeant Michael Baldwin wanted nothing more than to escape his family’s political ambitions, but his dream of freedom was shattered by an enemy bullet to the head. Two years later, he and his service dog, Kaylee, resist his father’s demand to join him on the campaign trail—where a photogenic “wounded warrior” is always an asset—and instead return to the family’s summer home on Hartsbridge Island.

There Michael and his beautiful German shepherd capture the attention of Josh Goldberg, co-owner of the local bagel shop. Josh has a knack for business and a killer repertoire of his bubbe’s recipes. But lack of education undermines his confidence, and Josh’s father doesn’t share his ambition for the restaurant’s future.

Chicken soup and bacon might be the way to Michael’s heart, but he and Josh need time to learn about everything that comes after—lessons that Governor Baldwin and his relentless ambition will do anything to thwart. Letting someone in is a tall order for two men who can’t trust themselves, but if they have any hope of a future together, that’s exactly what they’ll need to do.

My Review:
Whoa...this book was so much more than I expected and I loved that. It's always a risk when you pick up a new author, but this risk was a good one. I do really enjoy this author's voice. It was an extremely readable book with a very sweet romantic story. I fell totally in love with Josh and Michael.

Josh grew up on this small island. He and his dad run the local bagel shop. He's used to the comings and goings of the rich tourists. His family is a big NYC Jewish family...lots of extended, nosy family, but on the island, it's just him and his dad. Luckily his father is very accepting of Josh's bisexuality. As long as he eventually gets grandkids somehow, he's completely supportive of Josh. 

Michael comes from a very different family. His father is a cold senator with his political ambitions focused completely on the White House. He and Michael have never seen eye to eye since Michael joined the military, but now he sees Michael as a commodity for his campaign. There's nothing better than a wounded military vet that his father can parade out in front of the masses. The issue...Michael's brain trauma canNOT deal with that kind of pressure or stress.

So Michael escapes to the family vacation estate on the island with his service dog...LOVED her so much. 

On the surface, Michael and Josh have nothing in common. They come from completely different backgrounds, but there's an instant attraction for both of them...although neither thinks he deserves it. 

This was such a good book just because there were so many real-life obstacles standing in the way of their happiness. And all of them felt very believable. The author wrote both of these characters incredibly well...most especially their challenges that they both have. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and cannot wait to read more from this author. This was a fabulous beginning!!

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

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