Tuesday, April 3, 2018

ARC Review: The Glasshouse (Lavender Shores 6) by Rosalind Abel

Blurb:
Adrian Rivera lives as he damn well pleases, defying his Lavender Shores family to spend his days farming the beautiful Northern California land. Not one to daydream of true love and romance, Adrian’s social life has always been filled with sex and plenty of good times.

Harrison Getty went from NFL star quarterback to America’s gay heartthrob, to reality TV star—with his wedding day broadcast live on national television. But Harrison feels trapped in a Hollywood life dictated by others. To breathe again, he runs from it all …

Adrian’s attraction to Harrison has been building for months—even as Harrison prepared to marry another man. Lightning strikes between them, stirring emotions and passions as Adrian finds “the one,” a love that’s meant to be. But can Harrison stop running long enough to know his own heart?

Amid scandals and betrayals, Adrian and Harrison struggle to grow their new love even as life’s storms threaten to shatter it all.


Dani's rating:


This is Adrian and Harrison's story. Adrian, whom we met in book 5, is Micah's business partner. He owns an organic farm and sells his local produce to the businesses and people of Lavender Shores. Adrian has a tiny crush on Jasper Getty, the redhead who owns the book story, but there is no real spark between them. Little does Adrian know that he picked the wrong Getty.

Jasper's brother, Harrison, is a former professional football player cum underwear model and reality TV star. He's about to get married live on national television to Will Epstein. That's the plan anyway.

The first chapter had me groaning internally, as I absolutely hate it when one of the MCs is dating or, heaven forbid, married to someone else. But, never fear, that's not how this story goes.





Adrian and Harrison burn up the page. Harrison is touch starved, and Adrian wants Harrison any way he can get him. Their first time together is all stormy, wild passion.

Even though Adrian is a Rivera (one of the town's founding families), this book doesn't focus as much on the town history. While I think there is definite joy in reading this series in order (I guarantee you'll fall in love with the gay idyllic mecca that is Lavender Shores), The Glasshouse will work as a standalone.

There is some angst toward the end as Harrison struggles to find himself, but the drama is kept to a minimum. I do wish Adrian had been less of a pushover; it wasn't at all how I saw him in the previous book.

Like every other couple in Lavender Shores, these two fall madly in love and get a riding-off-into-the-sunset kind of HEA.

I love the world Rosalind Abel created in this series; there is an entire website dedicated just to the town: https://www.lavendershores.com/. You have to suspend reality when reading Abel's brand of feel-good romance, but it's perfect escapism. I got lost in this story and can't wait for the next installment.


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