Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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?
Trust with a Chaser is a 75,000 word stand-alone gay romance with a May/December theme, a hot law-enforcement hero, opposites attract, plenty of sexy times, and one hard-fought, guaranteed happy ending with no cliffhangers.
Annabeth Albert introduces us to a brand new series with another heartwarming winner of a contemporary romance! The first in her Rainbow Cover series, Trust with a Chaser brings us Mason Hanks (so named because he was no bigger than a Mason jar when born) being reunited with his hometown and disreputable family clan when he returns to Rainbow Cove to open an eatery with partners. Mason is fighting many battles upon his return. He’s trying to separate his reputation from his family’s, introduce new tastes and dishes to customers not sure they want change or a gay bar and eatery in their community. Albert makes us love everything about Mason. His enthusiasm for the new business, his love of food and even his family loyalty, especially for his niece.
Nash Flint is the sheriff with the weight of the town on his shoulders. Nash feels his responsibilities, not as a job but almost as a family righteous “carved in stone” duty handed down from his dead father, one who could do no wrong in the town’s eyes. It’s kept him from having a personal life that he wants, an openly gay life with a partner, something he feels the town (or his mother) would never accept. With Mason’s return and Nash’s attraction, the shakeup that follows is one that is both frustrating to the reader and yet, understandable to a man like Nash.
Albert lets the story and the situations and Mason slowly crack the walls around Nash. The town is full of complicated relationships and the dynamics are on full display here whether in small situations at the Sheriff’s Office or during Town Meetings about the state of Rainbow Cover and potential development. The author builds her universe and characters with care and love, with smooth writing and a storyline that pulls you into this couple and their growing relationship.
This is a slow-burn romance with I just fell in love with! A new book from Annabeth Albert is always a cause for joy, a new series even more so! Trust with a Chaser is a great new contemporary romance with the promise of more in this universe! I can hardly wait!
Cover art is cute and perfect for the character!
Sales Links: Amazon
Kindle Edition, 255 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Annabeth Albert
Original TitleTrust with a Chaser
Series Rainbow Cove #1 setting Oregon (United States)