Title: The HomePort Journals
Author: A.C. Burch
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel (352 Pages)
Publisher: Wilde City Press (March 28, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Fleeing New York City and an abusive partner, would-be writer Marc Nugent finds work at HomePort, the Provincetown mansion of Lola Staunton, a fabulously wealthy recluse.
Aided by an attractive-but-unattainable artist and an all-too-available cross-dresser, Marc investigates accusations of rape and murder that have estranged Lola from a childhood friend for more than sixty years. Past and present converge when a long-lost journal reveals tales of infidelity, adultery, and passion that mirror the life Marc has recently abandoned.
When his ex-lover arrives in search of revenge, Marc must confront his past, his notions of family, and his capacity for love.
Product Link: https://www.wildecity.com/books/gay-romance/the-homeport-journals/#.Vh8r-Stw7fc
Review: From what I understood is this is A.C. Burch’s debut novel. Now I am usually a bit off when it comes to new books and new authors. I never know what to expect and it makes me a bit untrusting. However I was amazed by the gift this author has. The characters were well-developed and captivating. The story was well-developed and the descriptions were just out there. I was captivated from the moment I start reading and my attention was kept till the end.
Although I was a just a bit creeped out. I was never much for even a touch of thriller that is for sure. The romantic touch, the mystery given, the suspense and the adventure was a big hit. These guys just hit my radar that is for sure.
Marc left New York when his boyfriend got abusive. In fact he just ran for his life. He is a writer or he wants to be one I guess I would say. He is a little hottie that is for sure. So when Lola hires him he is bit off. Now the start of this book sets the tone for me. He is afraid of his boyfriend Brandon. I got that off the bat.
Then there is the humor in parts of it.
For example when the old lady loses her groceries, he goes and saves them and she ends up drinking his hot chocolate. That was a blast. I got a big kick out of that. However Dorrie gives him a lead on a job and a place to live. It would seem Lola is lonely and pays for someone to just keep her company. What a gig I would love to get.
Now Marc’s story is heart breaking. What Brandon put him through makes me want to skin him alive. Then there is Cole’s story of heart ache and I just wanted to weep. There are so many heart aching stories that I had to put the book up for a few minutes. I just hated knowing what they went through. These two are just about the perfect couple to me. They go through so much and help not each other but their friends. I love the mysteries that they find and try to figure out. I had such a blast with this story.
Like I said it has a mixture of feelings that pull at you. I was amazed by this book although it does seem just a bit drawn out. I think had it been not so detailed I might have been able to stick with it all in one sitting. However it wore me out trying to figure out what was going to happen next.
I would definitely recommend this book and I look forward to the next story.
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