Tribute Act

Joanna Chambers
Tribute Act
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Riptide Publishing
Release Date
January 2018
Book 8 of Porthkennack
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

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.

Book Review by Ana (reviewer)
Jan 23, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
79 people found the following review helpful
There was a lot of family drama in this beautiful and bittersweet romance that made me fall in love with its remarkable characters. I'm really impressed by this first experience reading this book from the author.

Nathan is used to fixing everyone's problems, but his sister's need for a transplant is something that goes out of his hands. He had to rely on Mack, the stepbrother he didn't know, to conquer the family issues and to be able to provide the help they need. Nathan wasn't expecting this stepbrother to be his latest one night stand. The sexual tension between them increased as Mack moves in with Nathan and they have to face the possibility of a new relationship, and the implications this might mean to an already fading family relationship.

It was a fantastic book. I really loved it. It is a little slow paced so I guess some readers would have an issue with that, but I felt it was very appropriate for the kind of story that was being told. The plot isn't as simple as it seemed in the blurb. The heavy emotional baggage Mack has makes things a lot more complicated than it appears. And Nathan's constant need to fix others' problems also puts him in complex situations at times.

Mack's problems with intimacy made their relationship stumble a lot, but it was clear that there was love involved. I loved how we got to know Mack from Nathan's point of view. It made him more mysterious and increased his appeal. I would expect to care more for Nathan, since the story was being told from his perspective and we get to know what's on his mind, but it was the opposite. I loved Mack the most, which was amazing and made it easier to understand why Nathan loved him so much.

It was a slow-burn romance with characters struggling with family issues and with their own demons, exactly the kind of book I love to read. It's not overloaded with a lot of sex scenes, it doesn't lack them either, but it centers more in the emotional aspect of their relationship. I would recommend it to any reader who enjoys M/M pairing.
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