Nathan Bridges hadn’t intended to settle down in his home town 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.
I've loved Joanna Chambers' contributions to this series. A Gathering Storm, the second Porthkennack book, was on my Best M/M Romance of 2017 list, and Tribute Act is a strong contender for 2018.
While Nathan, whose POV filters the story, can't keep his eyes off Mack, the estranged stepbrother he's only just met, he's not at all sure how Mack feels about him.
Mack, who is a talented musician, is a bit of a drifter. Restless, independent to a fault, and aloof, Mack shirks touch and avoid messy emotions.
Nathan is a giver, a fixer; he likes to take care of people. He spends his inheritance and quits his London job to come home to Porthkennack and save his failing family business—an ice cream and coffee cafe. Nathan works hard, but sometimes he wishes he had someone to look after him.
Nathan's insecurities about his body (he's gained weight since moving home and has a little belly) made me love him that much more. He's real, relatable, and so damn sweet.