Sunday, April 5, 2015

ARC Review: Welcome to Lobster Cove by Carol Lynne


When following your dream lands you in Lobster Cove, Maine, anything is possible.

After gaining custody of his younger brother, Boone Jensen moves to a unique LGBT community on the coast of Maine. There, he hopes to find work as a stonemason, heal his broken heart and give his brother a safe place to call home. 
Life was good in New York City for chef Dante Madia, until his business partner betrayed him. Determined to trust only himself, Dante risks everything on a new restaurant venture in a small fishing village built on acceptance.

Neither man is looking for love, but in a town like Lobster Cove, secret dreams have the ability to become realities.

Dani's rating:

First of all, I want to move to Lobster Cove. Yesterday.

Lobster Cove is a gay mecca of friendly, sexy, and rich. All the houses have red doors. You do need to fill out an application to live there though, but I bet if I brought my two awesome dogs along, I could get in.

This book is cute. It's just not very interesting.

Boone moves to Lobster Cove with his teen brother Laddy. Laddy has Down syndrome and is all kinds of adorable.

Dante leaves New York after being screwed over by his business partner and friend. Dante was a foster kid and doesn't believe anyone could love him. It's a tired trope, and it doesn't work well here.

The relationship doesn't develop naturally, and there is no chemistry between the men. The steam level is fairly low. The immediate talk of love felt forced, as did Dante's resistance to being in a relationship. It felt too sudden and contrived.

I never connected with these characters. Boone and Dante are predictable and one-dimensional. I liked Dante's friend Ava and Laddy, but it wasn't enough to save what is essentially an uninspired, generic story.

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