Author: Joanna Chambers
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: January 15, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 206
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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Nathan is a fixer. He left his London marketing career to come home to Porthkennack to save Dilly's - the ice cream shop his stepfather Derek started - and now he's part-owner and up to his neck in taxes, bills and scheduling. He wishes he was able to donor his liver to his sister, but isn't a match. Even when Nathan meets a long, lean, very hot guy at the bar one night, he's thinking of how to "fix" him. Mack claims he just wants to fuck, but Nathan senses Mack's vulnerability and knows he craves intimacy:
Somehow, I just knew this was exactly what Mack needed. The way he’d pressed his head against my hand as I’d stroked his hair. The way he so eagerly sucked me down, then told me he needed nothing. These clues pointed to a man who wasn’t comfortable asking for things with words but his body was crying out for what he needed, silently begging me. For some reason, it felt like I could read him—and that maybe he could read me too.
When it turns out that Mack is Derek's son from a early marriage AND is donating part of his liver to Nathan's kid sister Rosie, things get ... complicated. Mack ends up rooming with Nathan during his post-surgery recovery period and their relationship develops slowly and carefully. Mack isn't comfortable with expressing much of anything, but it is well worth the wait as Mack and Nathan sort out their feelings and realize how deep their emotional connection runs.
Tribute Act is also a story of family relationships and how difficult it can be to get beyond angry words and actions to arrive at the hurt feelings and fear, and then move past them to create a stronger family bond. I love the family Joanna Chambers gives us here, complete with its laughter and tears, and its good heart. Mack and Nathan's relationship is only part of the story and the way everything fits together into this family-based story is perfection. 4.5 stars.