Thursday, September 27, 2018

Unforgivable by Elle Keaton

No one ever claimed it would be easy.

Running away from his messy divorce did not bring Ira Fragale the peace he sought. If he's going to get his life together, he needs to pull up his big-boy pants and take care of business. He's been hiding out in Skagit, licking his wounds, for two years now. Keeping his head down, except for the trail of twinks he's left behind. Something's gotta give.

Bartending at the Loft is easy, and Cameron McCulloch likes the friendships he's developed since his family rejected him, but he wants more. To get that, Cam needs to knock Ira off the pedestal he's placed him on. Ira's older, but that doesn't mean he has any clearer handle on life and the universe than Cam. Cam needs to focus on his own needs and forget about Ira, but he can't.

Ira didn't choose Skagit at random; decades-old events set him on the path he is on today. The mystery of his father's murder may never be solved, but Ira would like to lay his spirit to rest.

None of this explains why Cameron is suddenly the target of a series of hate crimes. The small town of Skagit has its share of trouble, but someone has it in for the LGBTQ community, and Cameron is directly in their crosshairs.

This publication is intended for adults aged eighteen and over, due to sexual content, language, and other adult matters. HEA and m/m romance.

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Book 6
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Ira moves to Skagit after his marriage of 20 years ends when his wife finds out he is gay. He stops all contact with his wife and son and spends the next two years nailing every young guy in town, including bartender Cameron. But Ira uses their 20 odd year age difference as an excuse to brush Cameron off.

At first, I judged Ira pretty harshly. I was not fond of him at all. Partially from the fact that he cuts his son completely out of his life and partially because after his weekend with Cameron he keeps going into the bar Cameron works at to pick up guys. Cameron has had a difficult life and I wanted good things for him and I wasn’t sure about Ira.

Turns out I was too harsh on Ira. When his wife and son return to his life and we get more of a picture of Ira’s life before Skagit, my view of him started to soften. And as Ira and Cameron start seeing each other again, I realised the guys are a really good fit and their age difference means nothing, and I’d changed my turn about Ira.

The story is more than romance and relationship dramas, issues from their past put Cameron and Ira in danger and this danger helps bring them closer together.

For me, Unforgivable was an up and down ride which I really enjoyed. I think the troubled road that Ira and Cameron take made the ending to the story that much sweeter. Three solid stars.

Also Available in the Accidental Roots Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Storm Season post.

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For reviews & more info, check out our No Pressure post.

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For reviews & more info, check out our Spring Break post.

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For reviews & more info, check out our As Sure as the Sun post.

Book 5
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the River Home Blog Tour.

Author, photographer, rare Pacific Northwest Native, Elle grew up in Seattle, WA., with the Cascade Mountain range to the east and Olympics to the west. Less than two hours northwest lie the majestic San Juan Islands. To the northeast is the Methow Valley and the scrub deserts of Eastern Washington. Geography ripe with material.

A graduate of Western Washington University, Elle has a BS in biology which taught her to be tenacious. The closest she has come to biology since then is having two kids. Like an experiment or something. She’s lived in four states (none of which were gaseous), London England, and Hong Kong; always knows what time it is, and has no problem finding parking even in the most difficult places. Cannot balance a checking account.

Elle's series Accidental Roots, mostly set in the Skagit Valley of Western Washington, will make its debut spring of 2017. Storm Season is tender, sometimes irreverent, full of nosy neighbors and help when the hero didn’t think he needed it. Writing has always been a passion but not something she was able to take seriously until recently. Now her head is full of ideas and not enough time in each day.

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Veronica reviewed her personal copy of Unforgivable (Accidental Roots #6) by Elle Keaton for this post.

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