Monday, June 17, 2019

ARC Review: Close to Home (Sawyer's Ferry, #4) by Cate Ashwood


I excelled at two things: systems engineering and going completely unnoticed.

The engineering took work and determination. The invisibility came naturally. Until one day, the wrong person noticed me. Battered and broken, I fled, escaping to Sawyer’s Ferry and the only friends I’d ever had.

Now, I just needed to figure out what I was going to do next.


Life was good.

I had a great job, good friends, and a family who loved me. Even my roommate was decent. At least he was until he let his nudist brother come to visit. The opportunity to house-sit and help an injured friend couldn’t have come at a better time.
All I’d needed was to avoid an awkward situation for a few days, but I got more than I bargained for when my entire uncomplicated life flipped upside down. The last thing I’d been looking for was love, but it wasn’t until Witt that I realized just how much I’d been missing out on.

Jewel's rating:


Close to Home is the fourth book in Cate Ashwood's Sawyer's Ferry series. I've enjoyed this series quite a lot, but I found Close to Home rather lackluster.

Witt is the sweet, shy virgin that Jackson worked with before coming to Sawyer's Ferry. The story begins with Witt trying to get to Sawyer's Ferry after having been brutally attacked by his asshole of a boss. In Sawyer's Ferry are the only friends he has in Alaska. During his recovery, Mason is recruited to stay with Witt to make sure he has someone around to help him.

Mason is our friendly neighborhood brewmaster who isn't really in the closet, but not really out of it, either. No one in Sawyer's Ferry, outside his family, knows he's gay. Mason has a protective streak a mile wide and staying with Witt after he gets out of the hospital triggers his protective streak in a big way.

The combo of sweet, shy virgin and quiet, but protective guy normally trips my trigger, but here I wasn't that invested. Mason was just a little too perfect. Also, Silas - Witt's asshole of a boss who put Witt in the hospital - was a two dimensional and cliched villain who shows up when Witt feels a little too safe to make sure he knows he's not. It just seemed ... meh. All we know about Silas is that he's a jerk. We don't know why Silas broke into Witt's room to beat the crap out of him. We don't know why he's stalking Witt in Sawyer's Ferry. He was just bad and that's really all we know.

I did enjoy Witt's shy interactions with Mason and finally deciding to do something for himself, and I loved visiting Sawyer's Ferry again, even if Close to Home didn't really keep my attention.

ARC of Close to Home was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

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