When I started reading “The Shipwreck” by Rosalind Abel, I have to admit that I was a bit concerned when the story started out, between the alternating first-person points of view and the frequently used idea of a romance author lacking romance and seeking a fake companion to ward off criticism, but I became intrigued by the town of Lavender Shores, and the wonderful warmth and acceptance being displayed there. The inevitable crash and burn is all the more horrifying because of the truly caring folks in Lamont’s life, and wow, the scene with his mom and the ice cream has me frantically searching for tissues every time I go back and read it again.
This author has beautiful imagery and being able to see Lamont through the prisms of Tyler’s camera and his heart is touching and vivid and reminds me how beautiful we are when seen through the eyes of those who love us. A talented author makes the reader care about the characters and become invested in their lives, and that was done so deftly in this story that I have become a fan. There is a nice balance between the sizzling passion displayed by the men, the humorous interludes, and the emotionally intense challenges that are faced. Not only are the main characters distinctive and charismatic, but most of the secondary characters are as well, and although this is my first visit to this charming town, I definitely would like to visit over and over again.
This story is an adult contemporary m/m romance that is part of the ‘Lavender Shores’ series. This tale centers around romance author Ginger Peach, make that Lamont Price, who decides to stymie his well-meaning family by bringing home a boyfriend. A willing participant in the scheme is cover model Tyler Dixon, who is also an aspiring photographer and finds plenty of inspiration in both the quaint town of Lavender Shores and in the humble man who doesn’t know his own attractiveness. Unfortunately, make-believe becomes reality before all of the facts are revealed, and Lamont may not be able to have the type of happy ever after his books are known for—or can he?
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…
(Contains Lavender Shores maps and family trees.)