Change of Address, by Jordan S. Brock
Series: Hartsbridge Island #1
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: October 24, 2016
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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.
Character With a Disability
This book had so much potential that just ended up falling flat for me. Things got off to a really good start but the momentum died about halfway through the book and it started dragging until suddenly everything happened at the end of the book. I wish that Brock would have paced the book better, because there was about 40% of the middle of the book where nothing really happened. It made the book a bit bland even though the writing was really good.
The author also tried, and failed, to make Josh’s reading disability a thing, but it didn’t really work in the story. She hinted at it throughout the book but it didn’t come up until the very end when everything else was happening, and it kind of got lost in that. Especially when most of the book was focused on Michael’s disability (this is something the book does really well actually). However, I do have to say that Kaylee did her job and comforted Michael, but it was at the expense of Josh helping Michael and really becoming someone Michael trusts to help him.
Otherwise I really enjoyed this book. Michael was a peach and hands down my favorite character in the book. Plus he had his dog Kaylee who was a sweetheart. I was worried that she was going to be a distraction and not add to the plot, but Brock did a good job of giving her character.
I did like that Josh didn’t push Michael to tell him all about his disability or his time in the service. He had to hold himself back a few times, but he didn’t act on it. He was a good match for Michael, and I enjoyed their slow burn romance. They were appropriately cautious about getting involved, but it also removed the intensity of a lot of romances. For me the flame burned out before they ever really got into a relationship.
Fair warning if you are looking for a good hurt/comfort or steamy book this isn’t for you. The dog is more of a comforting figure for Michael than Josh is and their romance is very high school/first love. I would recommend this if you want a slow burn read without any big fireworks. Think YA not erotica.
Coffee-fueled author Jordan Brock writes engaging contemporary romance with a deliciously pan-romantic sensibility and an emphasis on consent, respect, and, of course, love. Her characters are constantly surprised by the way love’s slow burn sneaks up on them.
Before she was published, Jordan worked as a tech writer in the semiconductor industry. She’s also created labs and learning materials for auto, diesel , and motorcycle mechanics. The technology was the easy part; the hard part was trying not to slip in pop-culture snark.
To find out more about Jordan and her work check out their website (here!).
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.