I’m sure you can tell that I haven’t felt well enough to do much more than read. Yay for my Kindle! I started on the Rock Bay, m-m romance series by M.J. O’Shea. Book #2 in the series is Letting Go. It is Drew and Mason’s story. Book #3 is Finding Shelter. It is Justin and Logan’s story.
Starting with Letting Go, well… I didn’t think too much of Drew after Coming Home. I felt like he put Tally in the position that led to him and Lex breaking up. Drew was afraid to stand-up to Brock. I totally get that, given Drew’s business and the small town dynamic. However, I really wanted him to find someone special.
My issue with Letting Go is not with the characters, it is in the way in which the story was told. I felt like the first half of the book was summary – basically what happened in Coming Home with bits and pieces of Drew’s perspective sprinkled in. Personally, I didn’t care for that. I’m fine with setting the stage and reminding the reader about what happened in Coming Home, but I ended up skimming as I wanted to get the new stuff – to what was going to happen between Drew, an accountant who is bisexual, and Mason, a nurse who had a very controlling ex-boyfriend. I really enjoyed the new part of the story where Drew and Mason learned about each other and worked out the baggage from their pasts. The guys were so adorable even though Drew had his not so nice moments. I also felt that this story ended abruptly. I wish there could have been at least one more scene to cement their relationship.
My rating for Letting Go is 3.5 out of 5 stars
I just now finished Finding Shelter. I have to say – for me – it was the best of the three books. This is Logan and Justin’s story. Logan is Mason’s best friend who has come to Rock Bay after his girl friend dumped him. He crashed with Mason and started helping with the catering end of Lex and Tally’s coffee shop business. Justin is Travis’s cousin who has come to Rock Bay to get away from his abusive, alcoholic, homophobic father. Travis left Rock Bay at the end of summer to be with Cheri while she attends Stanford.
I grew to love Logan in book 2. He was such a good friend to Mason, always wanting to take care of the bullies for him. I really liked that he didn’t flip out when he realized Justin was the one for him. It didn’t matter that he didn’t consider himself gay or hadn’t been with a guy before, he just knew, and he wasn’t going to let anything stop him. Logan had tons and tons of patience, first befriending Justin as he got used to living in Rock Bay and then dealing with the threat of his father potentially showing up there to try to force him into returning home.
Justin and Logan were the perfect couple. They complemented each other perfectly. Logan has such a huge heart. I’m so glad that the guys had so many “firsts” together. What a wonderful story.
My rating for Finding Shelter is 4 out of 5 stars