“Tribute Act” by Joanna Chambers poses an interesting conundrum and explores dysfunctionality in a blended family. I think the author did a great job of detailing the desperation and discomfort attendant upon being at the mercy of a person one has summarily rejected for so long and she reminds us that as humans, we can definitely be fallible. I was disappointed that the father/stepfather did not show more maturity and appreciation to either of the guys, but that was definitely a touch of realism. Things were a little weird for me at first with respect to the main characters being stepbrothers, but they are not actually connected by blood. The story provides a sobering look at one scenario necessitating organ transplant, and it was touching to witness the sacrifice that a stranger was willing to make to save a life. Most of the tale is filtered through a single point of view (Nathan’s), and it would have been nice to get insight into Mack’s thought process occasionally before the epilogue, but I enjoyed getting to know both guys and I think this is a great addition to an entertaining series.
This adult m/m contemporary romance is part of the ‘Porthekennack Contemporary’ series and tells the tale of Jonathan (Nathan) Bridges and Dylan (Mack) MacKenzie, whose intense one-night stand morphs into an awkward relationship due to their shared dysfunctional family ties. Forced proximity encourages them to get to know each other better, but the temporary arrangement may be destined to remain just that, temporary.
Nathan Bridges hadn't intended to settle down in his hometown of Porthkennack--he just ended up staying after saving the family business from ruin. The truth is, Nathan can't stop himself from stepping in when problems arise. He's a fixer, the man everyone turns to. But even fixers can't solve everything.
When Nathan's sister needs an organ transplant, it's his stepbrother, Mack, who the family turns to as Rosie's only potential living donor. Nathan's curiosity about the stepbrother he's never met turns to shock when he realises that Mack is his latest--and hottest ever--one-night stand.
Nathan and Mack agree to forget their single night together, but that's easier said than done. When Mack moves in to Nathan's place to recuperate after surgery, it's not just the sexual tension between them that keeps growing. Against all the odds, and despite Mack's wariness of intimacy, the two men grow close enough that Nathan begins to wonder what it would take to mend the rift that's kept Mack and his father estranged for over a decade . . . and whether Mack might consider staying with Nathan in Porthkennack for good.