Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Release Day Review: The Glasshouse (Lavender Shores #6) by Rosalind Abel

the GlasshouseTitle ~ The Glasshouse

Author ~ Rosalind Abel

Publisher ~ Wings of Ink Publications

Published ~ 3rd April 2018

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





Adrian Rivera lives as he damn well pleases, defying his Lavender Shores family to spend his days farming the beautiful Northern California land. Not one to daydream of true love and romance, Adrian’s social life has always been filled with sex and plenty of good times.

Harrison Getty went from NFL star quarterback to America’s gay heartthrob, to reality TV star—with his wedding day broadcast live on national television. But Harrison feels trapped in a Hollywood life dictated by others. To breathe again, he runs from it all…

Adrian’s attraction to Harrison has been building for months—even as Harrison prepared to marry another man. Lightning strikes between them, stirring emotions and passions as Adrian finds “the one,” a love that’s meant to be. But can Harrison stop running long enough to know his own heart?

Amid scandals and betrayals, Adrian and Harrison struggle to grow their new love even as life’s storms threaten to shatter it all…


Debra’s Review

Over the years, Harrison Getty seems to have had it all, but in reality he has lost himself, crafting a persona that his father would pay attention to and allowing others to dictate his path. This all starts to crumble in the months leading up to his wedding to Will Epstein, a member of one of the founding families of Lavender Shores. Everything becomes too much at the worst possible moment and Harrison runs.

Adrian is the shame of the Rivera founding family. He hasn’t lived up to the great expectations of his parents, although he is happy and successful working as a farmer and owner of a store that sells his organic produce. One thing he knows is that he doesn't need to go looking for love. Even as everyone around him seems to be settling down, that's not for him. At least not until Harrison sweeps into his life and becomes his world.

Despite the dramatic start, the relationship goes pretty smoothly for Harrison and Adrian. They have sizzling physical chemistry and they fit together well in every way. As in a number of the prior stories, the men fall fast and hard, but they find that being in love isn't always enough to make the relationship work. In this case, it's Harrison who has to do some soul searching before he can be the man he wants to be for Adrian. Harrison always felt manipulated, but as he looks back on his life and on how things happened with his ex-fiancĂ© Will, he now wonders if he is the manipulator. He also suffers betrayals by people he loved and again it all becomes too much. While I didn’t like the way Harrison went about things, he does the right thing in the end and tries to straighten out things in his own head. But will it be too late?

There are plenty of cameos in The Glasshouse from prior characters, but this story is focused on the relationship and could be read as a standalone, although this is a wonderful series so I hope you’d go back and read them all. The story is told in alternating points of view so we get to know both characters very well. We also get to know the Rivera family a bit more. Adrian has a great support in his twin brother Andre, who recently suffered his own devastating loss, but the rest of the family? Although Adrian knows his mother and father love him even though they butt heads, I sure wasn't convinced as it's pretty clear that what he wants and his happiness comes second to the "family reputation" in town. Even at the end I really couldn't warm up to those two.

Rosalind Abel has given readers another sweet love story, with just a bit of drama, plenty of emotion and two characters with fantastic chemistry. I’ll be looking forward to the next one in the series and recommend not just this story, but all the rest of the books as well.

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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

the shipwreckThe Shipwreck (Lavender Shores #4)

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…

Review :: Amazon Global Link

the hideawayThe Hideaway (Lavender Shores #5)

Lavender Shores’s resident tattoo artist, Connor Clark, looks the part—six foot six, musclebound, and covered in ink—and most definitely doesn’t blend in. Grafted into the Bryant family as a teenager to escape his abusive father, the Bryants saved his life, but Connor has never truly felt a part of the founding family royalty. And if his heart’s desire were revealed, it would betray everything the Bryants have done for him.
Micah Bryant was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He’s always had everything he ever wanted—save the one he desires most. Even moving to New York City for a few years didn’t dampen his passion. Not that Micah had expected it to. He’s known his destiny since he was nine years old, the moment it had walked through his door.
After years of longing, years of secrets and stolen moments of passion and love, Connor weakens enough to allow the town to see how he feels, and let the Bryants know his love for Micah is anything but brotherly. But no sooner had the decision been made than Connor’s biological family returns and shatters it all. Still, Micah holds on to the belief that their romance was written in the stars, but maybe he’d been wrong all those years….

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.



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