Monday, October 24, 2016

Change of Address by Jordan S. Brock

Air Force sergeant Michael Baldwin wanted nothing more than to escape his family’s political ambitions, but his dream of freedom was shattered by an enemy bullet to the head. Two years later, he and his service dog, Kaylee, resist his father’s demand to join him on the campaign trail—where a photogenic “wounded warrior” is always an asset—and instead return to the family’s summer home on Hartsbridge Island.

There Michael and his beautiful German shepherd capture the attention of Josh Goldberg, co-owner of the local bagel shop. Josh has a knack for business and a killer repertoire of his bubbe’s recipes. But lack of education undermines his confidence, and Josh’s father doesn’t share his ambition for the restaurant’s future.

Chicken soup and bacon might be the way to Michael’s heart, but he and Josh need time to learn about everything that comes after—lessons that Governor Baldwin and his relentless ambition will do anything to thwart. Letting someone in is a tall order for two men who can’t trust themselves, but if they have any hope of a future together, that’s exactly what they’ll need to do.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a tooth achingly sweet romance. A wounded soldier hiding from his wealthy and powerful family finds comfort in a local bagel shop and forges a gentle friendship with the shop owner.

A bullet to the head has left Michael with lasting brain damage and frightening PTSD. He lives in isolation with his service dog. The whole scenario – complete with faithful dog – felt slightly like a cheap play for readers’ emotions. How could anyone not love him? It took most of the book to learn Michael’s full story, but ultimately, I loved his complicated past and his courage as he started living again. But then again, the man is perfect – and perfect is always slightly annoying.

Josh is more interesting. He is talented at his business but he’s hiding his illiteracy, which is a huge barrier to his success. He is an adult living with his father. Where Michael is running from his family, Josh is nearly smothered by his huge Jewish extended family and their expectations.

These two are both nearly perfect and they are perfect for each other. The romance unravels slowly. The connection between these two men is awkward, gentle, and ultimately comforting. I’m not a huge slow and sweet romance fan, but there are some days I absolutely need to read something where good things happen to good people and it all ends happily ever after. And this is the perfect book for one of those days.

Coffee-fueled author Jordan Brock writes engaging contemporary romance with a deliciously pan-romantic sensibility and an emphasis on consent, respect, and, of course, love. Her characters are constantly surprised by the way love’s slow burn sneaks up on them.

Jordan’s children are all four-legged and furry. They love to be oh-so-helpful with her writing. She can usually be found hiding from the sun with her service dog and her puppy-in-training. (She tried the training thing with cats first, since cats are so much smarter, but it was a no-go.)

Before she was published, Jordan worked as a tech writer in the semiconductor industry. She’s also created labs and learning materials for auto, diesel, and motorcycle mechanics. The technology was the easy part; the hard part was trying not to slip in pop-culture snark.

Jordan lives in the desert outside Phoenix, Arizona, despite the fact she turns into gray goo and blue hair dye when exposed to heat. For fun, she hunts scorpions in the backyard, with a blowtorch, and a crowbar. She’s chronically unavailable for at least a month after new game releases from Blizzard. She’s an unapologetic fangirl and has been known to write an occasional fanfic to prove Bucky Barnes is not a villain. Oh, and she crochets the cutest amigurumi ever.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Change of Address (Hartsbridge Island #1) by Jordan S. Brock to read and review.

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