The Unlikely Prospect, by Lex Chase
A States of Love Novel
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 7, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
In Prospect Harbor, Maine, lobsterman Harper Cook has always loved the sea. He and his two brothers work the harbor waters, in a fishing village of one thousand where everybody knows everybody else’s business and nobody wants to be different.
When it’s time for the annual Men of Maine pinup calendar, Harper’s brothers eagerly volunteer him. Harper isn’t thrilled to bare it all to raise money for an elementary school playground—until he meets out-and-proud Los Angeles out-a-statah Sean Blackburn: the highly available first-grade teacher with Hollywood heartthrob looks.
Harper has no desire to ever stand out from the crowd, but Sean persists and earns Harper’s friendship. Through Sean, Harper opens up to new possibilities. Things get steamy, but Harper still protects his heart. Though the right pressure in the right place might crack even a loner lobsterman out of his shell.
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The author is from Maine and there are a lot of Maine specific things going on. My family is from Maine so I have special insight into this book, but you don’t need to know anything specific to appreciate the book. It’s like learning a new culture! For the rest of us Maineiacs/Maine knowledgeable people, it kind of turns into Maine reference bingo/drinking game.
Okay onto the review. I don’t know if I believe that Harper is a 40 year old virgin or not, but I don’t particularly care because his relationship with Sean is believable. They are really cute together, and I really like the way Chase developed their relationship. I also like the way that the secondary characters were rooting them on. I really like when there is low drama in books, so I am glad this one stayed away from that kind of drama.
This book could have had a little more secondary character development, but Chase seemed to be focusing mainly on the two MCs. Fair enough. She did a good job showing how their relationship developed and how their lives changed because of it.
I am so into M/M romances with lobster-men in them. I don’t know if it’s because my family is from Maine or what, but I would have fought the other reviewers to read this book. I guess I just like reading about dudes who do hands on stuff like carpentry and stuff like that. Plus they match really well with shy nerds in books. In this case, the hands on guy was the shy one and the school teacher was the knowledgeable, so kudos to Chase for reversing that trope.
The ending was super abrupt and I can’t spoil it, but the author had something going on that I feel could have more done with it. Or a sequel!! I want to know what happens after!
All in all it was a short, but sweet, book with a hot calendar photo shoot and a heartwarming romance between a super awkward dude and his chosen partner.
Lex Chase once heard Stephen King say in a commercial, “We’re all going to die, I’m just trying to make it a little more interesting.” Now she’s on a mission to make the world a hell of a lot more interesting. Weaving tales of sweeping cinematic adventure—depending on how she feels that day—Lex sprinkles in high-speed chases, shower scenes, and more explosions than a Hollywood blockbuster.
Her pride is in telling stories of men who kiss as much as they kick ass. If you’re going to march into the depths of hell, it better be beside the one you love. Lex is a pop culture diva, her DVR is constantly backlogged, she has intense emotions about Hannibal’s Hannigram, and she unapologetically loved the ending of Lost. She wouldn’t last five minutes without technology in the event of the apocalypse and has nightmares about refusing to leave her cats behind.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.