Expected publication: February 26th 2016
Tyler Samuels had his reasons for leaving the country town where he grew up. He moved to the city, established a home and a career, and found love. Now Ty is in his early thirties, and as his life takes another tragic turn, he finds himself returning to the place he first ran from.
Mac McGrath has lived in Armidale all his life. He loves his family and his job as an electrician, running the family business. The only thing missing in his life is a relationship. When Ty, his teenage crush, arrives back in town, maybe he has found someone to love at last.
What starts as friends with benefits quickly turns to more for Mac, but Ty will need to let go of his memories if he is to learn to love again. But can Mac wait that long?
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Rustic Memory is the second installment to the Rustic series and basically opens where the first book ended, when Joey reached the decision to sell his pub to Tyler Samuels. We first see Tyler at the end of the book and are hinted he has a story to tell. This now is Tyler's story and indeed, he has a few tales to tell.
Tyler knew two loves but lost them. It is enough to make one wonder how he could survive through the pain, but he did. When he decides to move back home to Armidale and run the pub, he never expected to meet a man who checked all the boxes. The unexpectedness is hard to ignore and he earns himself a friend in the form of Mac McGrath.
Mac had known Tyler since he was a young boy through his older brother. He was also witness to Tyler's leaving for the loss of his first love. Now that Tyler is back, he is glad they could be friends again but the friendship comes with benefits and at first, Mac is okay with it.
When Tyler's behavior turn hot and cold, Mac is confused. Confronting Tyler is the only way to make the truth come out. However, Tyler is confused as well so all is not going like roses and daisies for these two. What will it take to get them to open their eyes and see the truth before them? The same reality their friends and family sees?
Rustic Memory has a different feel to it. Where the first book echoed the highs and lows of music, this one hits a more somber note. Fortunately, strangely, this pure romantic drama is a fast read and does not drag the reader into depression. There is an air of hope hanging over the read from start to finish. When the resolution is met, it's surprising but expected and finally gets that smile on the face. Yes! Mac and Tyler made it.
Note: eARC provided by author for an honest review.
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