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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Great Restorations by Libby Drew

Great Restorations by Libby Drew
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (220 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

Marc Wynn has accompanied his beloved aunt to estate sales for years, but he’s never found anything he couldn’t live without—until he meets Sawyer Calhoun. Sawyer, in town to deal with his grandfather’s estate, wastes no time in revealing his romantic interest in Marc, but their promising first evening ends badly with Sawyer as adamant about broadcasting his sexuality as Marc is about hiding his.

But when Sawyer hires Marc to restore his grandfather’s house, their intense attraction grows into an emotional connection neither can resist. During the renovations, family secrets and other surprises come to light, and Sawyer must face his past when a tragedy threatens Marc’s livelihood. But not every obstacle is surmountable, and even with Sawyer by his side, Marc might lose everything.

Secrets in a closet have a way of getting out. Marc has quietly resigned himself to keeping his sexuality in the closet due to his small town. He’s not unhappy and figures it’s easier to just go with the flow than to make a stand. Yet when he meets gorgeous Sawyer, Marc starts to reconsider his decisions. The fact that Sawyer is not backing down and keeps making Marc’s jeans tighter is just one complication of many that seems to pop up in Marc’s formerly orderly life.

Great Restorations is an engaging and satisfying romance. Marc and Sawyer are a delightful couple and the story gives them plenty of good tension and chemistry. The plot begins with the two dancing around each other with Marc in the closet and Sawyer unwilling to get involved with someone hiding their sexuality. Despite their claims, the two men can’t seem to stay away from each other. The way they get close, back away, and get close again is very entertaining and exciting. This is followed by more complications that appear and bring the two men closer and closer.

The build up of the main relationship is skillful and well crafted. There is instant chemistry but they wait to act on it and first create a nice foundation of mutual respect, admiration, and friendship. When they finally get together their romance feels satisfying and genuine. The hurdles that come are interesting as is the creative solution. The cast of secondary characters are very funny and entertaining and come together to make a thoroughly engaging story, and one you likely won’t want to put down.

Although this couple feels nicely wrapped up with a good ending and a great relationship, there is no doubt that the author may choose to revisit these two perhaps with a cameo in future books. The great detail added about restoring homes, the funny older women depicted, and the steamy sex scenes all combine to give a really great romance. Don't miss it.

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