Friday, May 17, 2019

Safe Harbor (Pine Cove Book 1) by HJ Welch


Robin Coal wonders if asking his straight housemate Dair to be his fake boyfriend for his high school reunion will be the worst thing he’s ever done…or the best. But there’s no way he’s going home to face his abusive ex alone, and former Marine Dair is just the protection he needs. So long as he doesn’t find out about Robin’s secret crush, everything will be fine.

Mechanic Dair Epping never expected to spend a week sharing a bed with his adorkable friend, however pretending to be bi is easier than he imagined. He knows he’ll do anything to keep Robin safe from his ex-boyfriend, but as the chemistry between them grows, the line between fake and reality begins to blur.

Could Dair actually be bi? Even if he was, would an ex-Marine really be interested in a computer geek like Robin? When his ex’s intentions turn dangerous, how far will Dair go to protect the man he’s falling for?

Safe Harbor is a steamy, standalone MM romance novel with a guaranteed HEA and absolutely no cliffhanger. 

My Rating - 5 Stars!

I immediately fell in love with HJ Welch's new series, Pine Cove. This first book, Safe Harbor completely holds up to being as good as I was hoping. 

Robin returns home for a school reunion, but he's scared and still damaged by his abusive ex. Robin's a geeky man who instantly won over my heart. He's full of annoying insecurities, but that's just part of who he is. In comes his new roommates, Dair, and his life's about to change for the better. 

Dair's the tough ex-marine who offers to act as Robin's fake boyfriend. In doing so, he has no idea what he's getting into, as the lines begin to blur. 

"Their mouths crashed together, and Dair's whole world changed in an instant."

Their romance includes some great first time moments, as well as some angst and manipulation. I love roommate romances and this one holds up to be intriguing, funny, and charming. 

Best of all though, I enjoy Robin's transformation. A victim of things he experienced when he was young, it's beautiful to witness him overcoming his past issues. 

The writing is fantastic, as the author draws the readers into these me, friends, and families. Robin's family is awesome, adding a lot to the charm of this story. 

If you love GFY stories, do not miss out on Safe Harbor. HJ Welch, a proven author in her genre, excels in this sweet small town romance. This is definitely going on my re-read list and I'm excited to read more of this series. 

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