Trust with a Chaser, by Annabeth Albert
Series: Rainbow Cove, Book 1
Release Date: August 1, 2017
One hot cop. One bar owner out for redemption. One smoking-hot summer fling destined to leave scorch marks…
Mason Hanks has returned to Rainbow Cove, Oregon with one goal in mind: turn the struggling coastal community into a thriving LGBTQ tourism destination. Step one is transforming an old bar and grill into a gay-friendly eatery. Step two? Don’t piss off Nash Flint, the very hot, very stern chief of police who’s not so sure he’s on board with Mason’s big plans.
Nash Flint just wants to keep his community safe and enjoy the occasional burger in peace. He’s not big on change nor is he a fan of Mason’s troublemaking family, especially his rowdy older brothers. But Mason slowly wins him over with fantastic cooking and the sort of friendship Nash has been starving for.
When their unlikely friendship takes a turn for the sexy, both men try to steer clear of trouble. Nash believes he’s too set in his ways for Mason, and Mason worries that his family’s reputation will ruin any future with Nash. Burning up the sheets in secret is a surefire way to crash and burn, and discovery forces a heart-wrenching decision—is love worth the risk of losing everything?
What do you get when you pair a young, budding restaurateur who has returned to his hometown to rainbow-boost the local economy, and a slightly older but definitely in-the-closet cop who puts his job over and above his own personal life?
You get a whole lot of warm vibes, sexy times and the kind of feel-good story you’ll easily consume in one sitting.
When Mason Hanks returns to his hometown to open a bar with a couple of friends, no one is more surprised than Officer Nash Flint. The Hanks family doesn’t exactly have a good name in Rainbow Cove, what with Mason’s ne’er-do-well father and brother who have caused problems for the town’s small police department for years. But Mason has always been a little different. When Mason left town to pursue his education and a better life for himself, Nash figured he’d seen the last of the skinny teen. But Mason has returned to help boost the local economy by opening a LGTBQ-friendly bar and that pimply kid has turned into a gorgeous 27 yr old business owner – and Nash can’t help but notice that this means trouble. Not for the town, but for him personally and his too-quiet, regimented little life.
There’s a lot here that could have been terribly angsty and overwrought but Annabeth Albert has managed to create a light and lovely story about two men who deserve to find their own happiness.
For Mason, Nash represents a level of comfort and security that he’s never been able to find in his own family. For Nash, Mason is everything he’s been afraid to let himself want. And what starts out as an itch to scratch, quickly begins to mean something more to both of them.
“Flint,” I sighed against his mouth as he pulled back slightly. “More.”
“Nash,” he corrected me. “This is insanity.”
“But it feels so good.”
There’s family drama on both sides, but it’s handled with a soft-touch. That doesn’t mean it lacks any emotional impact, but it neither does it unnecessarily overwhelm the reader. Family is the catalyst that drives both men to make big decisions about their future, and what it means undo the ties that bind in order to make a better lives for themselves.
There is a lovely HFN for both men and I hope that the author revisits them as she moves forward with the series, if only because I liked both Mason and Nash and want to seem them continue to enjoy the life they are intent on building together.
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children.
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