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 love the Porthkennack series, and since I enjoyed this author's previous book in this series, I was hopeful that I would enjoy Tribute Act as well -- and I did. Tribute Act is about finding love in the unlikeliest places. It's about forgiveness. And it's about learning that you are worthy of being loved and capable of giving it.
Tribute Act is one of my favorite kinds of stories. A hookup with someone whom you later meet and and are thrown together with. Like the step-brother you've never met. Yeah, I love that. And add in just the right amount of angst and uncertainty, and I'm hooked.
Mack...I just wanted to hug him. He was so starved for love and affection, it made my heart hurt. And I can't blame him for being so cautious. His mother died when he was young, he felt abandoned by his father, his grandparents never really accepted him, so he was on his own. Why would you risk opening yourself to people you don't know when everyone who should love you unconditionally rejected you?
And Nathan felt their connection from the start, but when you're trying to calm a stray cat, you have to exercise a lot of patience. You have to move slowly, letting the cat know you're no threat while also hoping they know you can be trusted. It's in Nathan's nature to fix things. To help anywhere he can. He left a really good job in London to come back and help his family and he wouldn't have it any other way, but they do take advantage.
I have never encountered two men who needed each other more than Mack and Nathan. Mack, the one afraid to commit, and Nathan, who never really opened himself to anything real - but really needs it.
I also really loved that Rosie, the sister Mack came to help, was really the voice of reason when it really came down to it. Hat's off to you, girlfriend, for putting everything in perspective.
Once again, Joanna Chambers delivers a wonderful story full of feels and hope amidst the angst that drew me in.
ARC of Tribute Act was generously provided by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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