Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Nightmares and panic attacks following a horrific tragedy leave Professor Elliot Lawrence a prisoner in his own home. After months of relying on his sister as his only connection to the outside world, Elliot is desperate for a sliver of independence. But leaving the safety of his home isn’t an option, not yet, and he reaches out in the most innocuous way he can think of: grocery delivery.
Colton Kelly, retired porn star and recent college grad, is struggling at two minimum wage jobs to make ends meet. During one of his grocery deliveries, he meets Elliot. Although the attraction between them is instant, they must first traverse the long road of putting Elliot back together. When disaster strikes yet again, this time in Colt’s life, Elliot’s not sure he’s strong enough to be the man Colt needs him to be.
I enjoyed this book a lot. It was my first time reading this author and I was really pleased with the writing. Elliot is suffering from PTSD and is isolated in his home. When Colton delivers groceries to him they begin a tentative friendship that over time turns into something more. Despite the fact that Elliot has major issues and Colton is a retired porn star, there is little angst in this. It was a quiet love story but really sweet. I thought it was a nice change of pace from the angst and drama filled books that so often make up the romance genre. These characters seemed realistic and their behaviors were completely understandable. When they encounter problems they just discussed it like adults and moved on. I really liked them both and I was rooting for them the entire way.
I listened to this on audio and felt the narrator did a really good job. He has a nice voice and was consistent through the entire story. He did a nice job on both of the main character’s voices as well as the side characters. This is an audio I would definitely recommend.
Cover by Brooke Albrecht. I like the cover. I don’t think it stands out but it is nice.
Published April 8th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press (first published July 20th 2015)
SeriesNewport Boys #2