Monday, October 02, 2017

Release Day Review: The Shipwreck (Lavender Shores #4) by Rosalind Abel

the shipwreckTitle ~ The Shipwreck

Author ~ Rosalind Abel

Publisher ~ Wings of Ink Publications

Published ~ 4th October 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





Lamont Price’s romance novels have been a hit for the past few years. With his gorgeous looks, kind heart, and tender disposition, Lamont is the darling of Lavender Shores. He’s the guy everyone wants to be their best friend, the guy everyone wants to protect. But even with his success and the love of his family, Lamont feels hidden from those around him. Maybe the first step is attending a writing conference and revealing the man behind his pen name....
Tyler Dixon survives off his beauty and charm. From cover model to runway fashion to weekend arm candy, Tyler’s prices aren’t cheap. While his appearance is taking him places, his life as an artist has little more than flatlined. When an author hires him to appear as the face of her brand, Tyler thinks it’s just one more job. Little does he know another writer is going to steal all of his attention.
Escaping the conference to find some breathing room, Lamont runs into Tyler at a bar. Casual conversation leads to Lamont revealing his family’s obsession with helping him find love. It’s not a big deal to Tyler, who has played the role of boyfriend for other people in the past. Before either of them can rethink the situation, Tyler is in Lavender Shores meeting Lamont’s family. Though they’re only pretending to be in a relationship, the chemistry that ignites between them is anything but imaginary…


Debra’s Review

The pretend boyfriend is always a fun trope for me and if anyone can use one it’s Lamont. When he meets cover model Tyler at a romance author convention and they get to talking, Lamont thinks that bringing Tyler home for a party is the perfect plan to get his overbearing, but well-meaning family off his back for a while. The last thing he wants is his family to set him up with someone again. The fact that Tyler is the most beautiful man he’s ever seen doesn’t hurt anything. For Tyler, he is struck by Lamont the first time he sees him. The insecure, somewhat shy writer really doesn’t see himself as anything special and Tyler hopes he can show Lamont just how beautiful he is.

We’ve met Lamont before. A successful romance writer who now seems to be struggling with his career path and with the constant family pressure for him to find someone. Lamont has plenty of insecurities and abandonment issues (that issue with a good, heartbreaking reason). He may be lonely but a relationship is not worth it. He’s tired of his family and really, the town, treating him like he’s fragile and pathetic so it seems like he has the perfect solution. The fact that Tyler made it clear that this is a one-time arrangement makes things all that much easier… until they aren’t.

Tyler’s modeling and other jobs are all in order for him to fund his photography shows, so hopefully he will someday be able to make his living that way. Tyler is fascinated not just by Lamont’s good looks, but by his nature. He both wears his heart on his sleeve but is otherwise hard to read, projecting an innocence that belies his 45 years. Tyler hopes that their deal for him to play the part of boyfriend for a party will include a bit more. Tyler is outgoing, fun and pretty blunt about things and that makes it easier for Lamont to open up. There is a connection from the start, both men feeling attracted to and comfortable with the other. As long as they both know it’s just a few days of fun what can the harm be?

Lamont doesn’t have sex without love and doesn’t have relationships, but he finds himself breaking all kinds of rules with Tyler. When they do give into wanting each other I loved seeing Lamont let loose. He and Tyler have wonderful chemistry and they are very good for each other. The photography scene at the titular shipwreck was incredibly sexy and piques an interest in Lamont that he didn’t expect. The two men form a fast bond over the few days and when it comes time for Tyler to leave, both men realize that they are not ready to say goodbye. This thing between them felt right from the start and both are angsting about having to say goodbye, eventually deciding to see each other again after a few days apart for Christmas.

This is a series of straight-forward romances that happen over a very short period of time. In fact the majority of this story takes place in about a week and a half. Certainly not enough time build enough trust to share all your stories and secrets, but enough time to fall in love. Of course there has to be a bump in the road for the men and when one of these stories comes out at an inopportune time the insecurities Lamont was just starting to push through, come rushing back to the surface, resulting in a knee-jerk reaction and forcing him to eventually face up to what’s been holding him back all these years. I understood where Lamont’s emotions were, but the way he pushed Tyler away seemed a bit out of character and really, it’s not a personal favorite device of mine. It did make for a good reason for both men to step back and evaluate how they are living their lives though.

All the families, not just in Lavender Shores, but Tyler’s family as well are incredibly supportive of both men. It’s always fun to watch the families in town interact although I agree with Tyler’s observation that they are a bit intense. To this end, we do get a little more detail about Robert’s past and although he’s a bit over the top for my taste, at least there’s a little more clarity to his sexuality. We also get a lot of information about the previous couples and a hint of things to come in the next story.

The Epilogue was a sexy surprise. There were hints dropped throughout the book that I never saw come to fruition, but then Bam! There it was. I absolutely loved it, but I think it may be something that not everyone will enjoy. I don’t want to spoil it, but you’ll know the scene when you read it. Keep forging past it if you’re one of those not thrilled, because there is another wonderful moment there that I’m sure everyone will adore.

Another sweet, romantic and sexy winner for me that hit on a number of emotions. You can read each story as a standalone, but will be missing out on some of the dynamics of the families and the stories of the secondary characters that we keep getting updates on. I will admit I have very high expectations for the next book’s couple so I’m very glad we won’t have to wait long to get it.

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The Lavender Shores Series

The PalisadeThe Palisade (Lavender Shores #1)

Confident businessman Joel Rhodes sees the small California town of Lavender Shores as nothing more than a business transaction and a final stepping-stone to the position he’s been working towards his entire life. It was supposed to be nothing more than one night in town to close the deal, and sleeping with one of the local men, no matter how gorgeous, meant nothing more than a few hours of fun.
Andrew Kelly is perfectly content with the life he has in his hometown. So much so, that the only thing missing is someone to share it with. Going to bed with a tourist was never meant to be the answer to his dreams, just a beautiful distraction. He could get back to looking for Mr. Right the next day.
Both Andrew and Joel’s worlds are turned upside down when a few hours of pleasure gets extended to a couple of days. Even that shouldn’t be a big deal. You can’t fall in love in such a short time, that isn’t how it works. However, if destinies collide, a few short days may be all it takes to find your soul mate. Even so, when secrets and motivations get tangled, destiny may do nothing more than leave two hearts in pieces.

Review :: Amazon Global Link

the gardenThe Garden (Lavender Shores #2)

Beautiful Gilbert Bryant designs jewelry for the rich and famous, and he made his escape from his gossipy little hometown of Lavender Shores. However, with so many friends and family, he keeps getting pulled back. When he attends his best friend’s engagement party, Gilbert can’t help but sample one of the new men in town. It’s just some innocent—or not so innocent—fun. Nothing that will even cross his mind once he gets back to his everyday life.
Walden Thompson dreamed about living in Lavender Shores since he visited as a child. He finally gets his chance, and he embraces the opportunity to start over, to become someone new. He leaves both hurts and dangerous habits in the past, where they belong. When Gilbert crosses his path, Walden gives in to his baser instincts. He can indulge in the carnal pleasures this once and still be okay.
Their few hours together haunt Gilbert, the two-hundred-mile buffer from home no longer shutting out the past or the sexy man he left behind. Walden is just beginning to recover from the smoldering encounter with Gilbert when they are thrust together once more. This time, neither of them can walk away, no matter how hard they try. But when their pasts crash into each other as surely as the magnetism that pulls them together, walking away may be the only option.

Review :: Amazon Global Link

TheVeranda-Abel-FullSizeThe Veranda (Lavender Shores #3)

Donovan Carlisle helps countless people in Lavender Shores with his skills as a therapist. It seems, however, that his ability to enable others to live their happiest life only works outside of himself. Donovan truly loves his life, but isn’t able to find a relationship that satisfies his heart’s craving. Maybe the problem is that the only man he wants is off-limits.
Spencer Epstein came to Lavender Shores to find himself. Instead, he married one of the local town beauties. He’d thought his prayers had finally been answered. Then, he met his pregnant fiancĂ©e’s brother. It turned out those answered prayers were just cruel twists of fate.
A decade later, after a divorce and crumbling of all Spencer thought was set in stone, he sees his brother-in-law at a masquerade sex party. He takes full advantage of the anonymity and acts on the desires he’s held at bay all those years. The problem is, those silent and frenzied moments didn’t satiate anything. The fire and heat between the two men only grows as secrets are uncovered and they must determine if the cost of their passion is too high.

Review :: Amazon Global Link


Meet Rosalind Abel 

Rosalind Abel grew up tending chickens along side her sweet rosalind abeland faithful Chow, Lord Elgin. While her fantasy of writing novels was born during her teen years, she never would have dreamed she’d one day publish steamy romances about gorgeous men. However, sometimes life turns out better than planned.
In between crafting scorching sex scenes and helping her men find their soul mate, Rosalind enjoys cooking, collecting toys, and making the best damn scrapbooks in the world (this claim hasn’t been proven, but she’s willing to put good money on it).
She adores MM Romance and the power it has to sweep the reader away into worlds filled with passion, steam, and love. Rosalind also enjoys her collection of plot bunnies, and welcomes new fuzzy ones in her home all the time, so feel free to send any adorable ones her way.




  1. I love this series and I imagine this 4th book will be filled with more 'Abel' love!

    1. Yes it is Diane and I'm very ready for the next one! Enjoy it!