Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Stronger than Hope by Katherine McIntyre Blog Tour

Release Tour. Katherine McIntyre’s Stronger than Hope.

One man looking to set down roots, the other looking to leave…

Fresh out of a relationship, Nate’s searching for a change—what better way is there than renovating his uncle’s old coffee shop in Chesapeake City? He has a new job, in a new town, and a new lease. And when he almost runs over his hot neighbor, Linc, who happens to be his contractor? Well, based on the explosive attraction between them, maybe he’ll find something new there too.

Linc’s been treading water ever since his wife passed away in childbirth, focusing all of his energy on raising his son, Beckett. The obvious solution? He needs to get the hell out of Chesapeake City. But when Nate charmingly fumbles his way into Linc’s life, he finds his defenses lowering for the first time in years. One date leads to another, and hell, this man makes him feel in ways he’d forgotten.

Even though Nate just finished piecing his heart back together, he falls fast. Yet Linc’s made it clear he’s a bad bet. The man hasn’t clicked with anyone since his wife, and if Nate ends up being "not enough" again, that won’t shatter just his heart—the fragile home he’s trying to build in this town will crumble too.


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Stronger than Hope by Katherine McIntyre

Book 1
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He slowed as he began to wind down the small streets, people walking to and fro along the sidewalk during this gorgeous day. Folks took their big, lumbering St. Bernards on walks or carried kiddos on their shoulders as they headed around town, ducking in and out of the small businesses lining the way.

Soon, he’d be running one of those tiny establishments.

Hopefully not into the ground.

Nate made the left and then the right onto a side street, minutes away from his new place. He slowed to a crawl as he scanned the buildings, trying to find the gray one with the cranberry door that would be his latest home. The sun struck his windshield, causing him to squint as he crept forward.

A loud curse snapped his attention front and center. Nate slammed on the brakes. The blinding light cleared in time to reveal the guy he’d been two seconds from flattening.

“What the fuck, man?” the guy called, slapping a hand on the hood of his car.

Nate let out a groan. Here for two minutes, and already he was mowing down pedestrians. If what he’d heard about small towns was true, he’d have a reputation as the asshole city slicker by tomorrow morning.

He poked his head out the window. “I’m so sorry,” he yelled. “I didn’t know which house was mine.” Nate gripped the steering wheel a little tighter, resisting the urge to slam his head into it. Now he sounded like an idiot.

The guy wove around to the driver side, and Nate caught his first real glimpse of him. The man looked to be early thirties, and the tank top and jeans he wore displayed a muscular body that made Nate bite back a whimper. Goddamn. He possessed a deep tan and dark tousled hair, his Italian heritage clear by his thick brows, his strong nose, and full lips meant for smirking.

Not only had he almost run over someone, it was one of the hottest guys he’d ever seen.



“Didn’t realize free coffee was one of the perks in dating you,” Linc murmured.     “Just about the only perk,” Nate responded. “The rest is a cocktail of daydreams, klutziness, and anxiety.”



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the first book in a new series, and does a great job of world (well, more small-town) building in a very sympathetic and natural way. Through the eyes of newcomer Nate, we see a town which is slowly joining the twenty-first century, in some cases, kicking and screaming. Lifelong resident Linc and the bullying suffered by his young son, reminding us that there is cruelty, even in a small, friendly town.

I really liked Nate, the sensitive soul who is hoping for a new start – he was consistent from the very beginning, and whilst I am not usually a fan of inner dialogue, in his case it was incredibly endearing. His immediate empathy with Linc's son, Beck, is possibly Linc's kryptonite, but then everything about Nate is delicious. Even his behaviour towards the very obnoxious Daria is beyond reproach.

Linc is fed up of all the memories of his wife, who died in childbirth, and now that Beck is suffering at school, he just wants to leave town. Then a new guy in town attracts his attention in a way no one else has since his wife. But even that is an uncomfortable reminder of his grief. It is so carefully worded, his push-pull feelings, totally believable and very moving, without inciting pity. I was so glad that the chemistry persuaded him to give it a go, and the deep feelings of rightness made him really consider what could be.

Some really fun side characters – Nico and Sarah, in particular – I can see lots of goodness coming our way from Chesapeake in the future!

Stronger than Hope is the first book in the Chesapeake Days series.

Lincoln was just existing. His wife passed away during childbirth, leaving Linc alone to raise their son, Beckett. His son has always come first, that will never change. He's gone on a few dates but never quite moving on from mourning his dead wife.

Nate just moved into Chesapeake Bay after his uncle passed, leaving the coffee shop he owned to Nate. He has no idea where to start to bring the outdated shop current. When he hires the only handy man in the town – who also happens to be his attractive neighbor – he can't stop making a fool of himself. Nate would like to get to know the man, but Linc seems hesitant.

Nate and Linc have a very sweet relationship that grows as the chapters go on.

Katherine McIntyre is a new to me author that definitely kept me invested in these characters. I love this sweet little town and can't wait to see more.

This book reminded me so much of another book that I have read in the past and through the entire book I kept trying to figure out which book and never could. It's still driving me nuts! I enjoyed this book, but I'm not sure if it's because it seemed familiar or if it was a good book, if that makes any sense. Nate and Linc were both relatable and the story seemed like something any one of us could have gone through in life. There was a bit of drama but nothing major. I enjoyed watching the relationship build, but sometimes the inner monologue drove me bonkers. I need dialogue. Sweet love story that will leave you smiling at the end.



Lincoln Lane had ruined him for any other man. He hadn’t been aware but at some point he’d handed his heart over, and he didn’t want it back.


Author Bio

KATHERINE MCINTYRE is a feisty chick with a big attitude despite her short stature. She writes stories featuring snarky women, ragtag crews, and men with bad attitudes—and there's an equally high chance for a passionate speech thrown into the mix. As an eternal geek and tomboy who’s always stepped to her own beat, she’s made it her mission to write stories that represent the broad spectrum of people out there, from different cultures and races to all varieties of men and women.

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“Thank you,” Nate breathed, the words rising to his lips. For being his first friend in this new town. For showing him how to trust himself again. For making him feel seen.


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