Title: The Palisade
Series: Lavender Shores: Book One
Author: Rosalind Abel
Narrator: Kirt Graves
Run Time: 7 hours and 20 minutes
At a Glance: The voice of Kirt Graves is perfect for this book. He has a soft, gentle way that is both endearing and exciting. He manages to convey the pure and loving romance Rosalind Abel has written.
Reviewed By: Mike
Blurb: Confident businessman Joel Rhodes sees the small California town of Lavender Shores as nothing more than a business opportunity and a final stepping stone to the position he’s been working toward his entire life. It was supposed to be just 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’s and Joel’s worlds are turned upside down when a few hours of pleasure get extended to a couple of days. Even that shouldn’t have been a big deal. You can’t fall in love in that amount of 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, fate may do nothing more than leave two hearts in pieces.
Review: Andrew Kelly is a native son of Lavender Shores, a planned historic, inclusive community wedged between a state park and the Pacific Ocean. But more than that, he is the son of one of the founding families of the town. He loves his hometown, just a short drive from the bright lights of San Francisco. He loves everything about small town life in a planned community. The only sticking point thus far is that he has not met the man of his dreams.
Joel Rhodes is the scion of a corporate mogul who has gone along with his father’s need to own and control everyone and everything he sees. Lavender Shores is the object of their next desire—a signature coffee brand with a nation-wide chain attached to it. The plan is simple: sweep into town, buy up property and launch the brand. At least until Joel meets Andrew.
The voice of Kirt Graves is perfect for this book. He has a soft, gentle way that is both endearing and exciting. He manages to convey the pure and loving romance Rosalind Abel has written. The action is swift and unerring in its way of drawing the main characters together. Despite their best efforts to deny their attraction and their nearly perfect fit, they fall into passionate love, and Graves shows us the attraction, the reticence, and the ultimate payoff without shying away from the love these two men share. The course of true love never does run smooth, and when Andrew and Joel slam headfirst into a seemingly unbreakable wall, Kirt Graves gives the listener hope with his voice and Abel’s words alone.
The Palisade is the first in the Lavender Shores series of books about the lives, loves, and colorful characters of Lavender Shores. Not one single character is thrown away. Even the shortest appearance of someone in the book is treated with respect and care, and listeners will appreciate this in the books to come.
If you love pure romance that does not shy away from deep and impactful lovemaking, these are the books for you. The Palisade is just the right mix of steamy romance and an interesting, believable plot that makes the book and the narration both standouts. Buy this book, you will not be sorry. In fact, you will likely want to buy book two right away.
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