Publication Date: August 19, 2015
Dreamspinner Press | Amazon
Eric Allen, thirty-three-year-old line cook, moved in with his grandmother, Jewell, after a disastrous coming-out when he was in middle school. She raised him, and he cared for her when she fell ill. When Jewell died, she left everything to Eric—angering his parents and older brother. The inheritance isn’t much, but Eric and his bestie, Nathan, pool their money and buy an abandoned hotel on an isolated stretch of the Central Oregon Coast. The hotel isn't far from Lincoln City—a town with its own Pride Festival and named for a president—so they christen it Buchanan House after James Buchanan, the “confirmed bachelor” president with the close male friend.
Eric and Nathan need a handyman to help them turn Buchanan House into the gay resort of their dreams. Eric finds Tim Tate in the local listings, and over the months leading to opening weekend, Tim reveals himself as a skilled carpenter with many hidden talents. Eric falls hard for Tim, but before he can see a future with the gorgeous handyman, he has to get over twenty years of being bullied and shamed by his birth family. It would be much easier if Eric’s brother Zach wasn't trying to grab part of the inheritance or ruin opening weekend.
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
When grandmother Jewell dies, Eric Allen finally gets to live his life. The inheritance left him allowed for a business venture with his best friend. Of course, his inheritance is really the problem here for what is money? Isn't it the root of all evil? In this case, Jewell's children and their beget wanted the money. Problem: Eric is the only heir. How much is involved? Well, not much but enough to get the green eyes of jealousy to turn towards what is presumed to be prey - Eric. You see, Eric is gay and had been kicked out one Thanksgiving day when he told all he was gay. It was Jewell who took him in and in the process, introduces Eric to a community of men and women who acted as uncles and aunts. Aunts in particular is a tough lawyer who with her wife, became the second parents to Eric even at thirty three years of age.
Then there is Nathan. He loves Eric like a brother and have been besties for a long, long time. He is also quite the thorn on the side. Someone Eric cannot ever ignore. He is the one who spurs Eric on to make a life changing decision: open a resort exclusively for gays. The venue, a fixer upper. Of course this is where and when Tim comes in.
Tim, the handyman, is an opinionated, macho tough handyman. He takes one look and takes charge of making sure the resort is up to specifications and realistic expectations. He is a hard character to nail, no pun intended. In fact, I kind of only have a vague idea of who he is as an individual. He is fascinating and made my imagination go a little wild.
The premise was good. The story line fascinating. Where did it go wrong for me? Maybe it was my expectations on how the story would go based on the blurb? The plot flowed well even if the romance between Eric and Tim was a bit like looking into a faraway horizon. The one who took my attention was actually Nathan, the best friend who pushes Eric to make something out of his life. I am quite intrigued by his story when it is time for the telling and want to find out if he really is going to end with the one I wish him to end up with. Now for Nathan, the evil brother, hmmmmmm.... I leave it at that. So setting my initial expectations aside, I did enjoy this story so am going to recommend it to those who would like to give this a chance.
Note: Copy provided by Pride Promotions for an honest review.