Saturday, May 9, 2015

ARC Review: Sultry Sunsets by Mary Calmes

Hutch Crowley is well-liked in the small resort town of Mangrove—he’s got friends in his new neighbors, he’s the owner of the town grocery, and he’s building a community center—but he’s still unlucky at love. Every man he’s attracted to is either taken or simply not interested, including his best friend, Mike Rojas.

When Mike came to Mangrove two years ago, Hutch gave him a job and a place to stay in his guesthouse, where Mike has remained ever since. Despite the rumors circulating about them, Hutch knows Mike is straight and looking for the right woman. But his friends disagree, and after some hints to the contrary, even Hutch finally has to admit that maybe the rest of the town sees something he’s been missing. If Hutch wants to spend each sultry sunset with the man of his dreams, it might be time to figure out what’s going on with his best friend’s heart.

Dani's rating:

I don't understand the purpose of this book. Sultry Sunset is 1,000 locations on my Kindle (it ends at 92 percent), and approximately 800 of those locations focus on everything BUT the MCs:

- snarky 14-year-old who's left alone at home and just started her period

- her hunky gay (but closeted) dad who happens to be a firemen

- Hutch's grocery store

- long, pointless conversations with various people in town

- small town politics

- and last (but NOT least), Hutch chasing a guy who tries to thwart his recreation center project and ending up in jail


The friends-to-lovers and GFY aspects aren't developed at all.

The MCs are barely together on page. Mike pines after his dead wife, screws various women, and then sees the light and declares his love for Hutch.

They go at it once (forget the tentative butt-sex virgin; Mike plows right in), and that's all she wrote.

This book is pointless, save to introduce the various other MCs who will find love in Mangrove, Florida.

Where is the tension? The chemistry? The PLOT?

There were a few cute parts, and I can't fault the writing, but this series just isn't working for me.

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