Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Adverse Conditions by Elle Keaton Blog Tour

Blog Tour. Adverse Conditions. Reclaimed Hearts Series. Elle Keaton.

The town is worth saving, as long as conspiracy theorists, serial killers, and Vincent Barone all stay out of Xavier’s way.

Xavier swore he’d never move back to the flyspeck of a town he’d grown up in and he kept that promise for over twenty years. Now he's back for good.

Vincent never left. After earning his teaching certificate, he stayed in town to be close to his elderly parents. These days he’s the single dad of a fifteen-year-old daughter and working two jobs to make ends meet. He's perfectly happy with his life.

Xavier's mission is to save Cooper Springs. But his efforts are being hindered by his stodgy, straight-laced, rule-following neighbor, Vincent Barone. Dark-eyed, broad-shouldered, and muscly Vincent, who Xav stealthily ogles when he toils in his yard sans shirt. For a high school shop teacher, Vincent is too sexy. And he has a kid. And he infuriates Xavier. And anyway, love is for suckers.

Vincent doesn't have time to date. And he certainly wouldn’t date his flashy, arrogant, neighbor who he absolutely did not have a crush on in high school. Who did Xavier think he was, moving back to town and throwing his weight around, causing butterflies in Vincent's stomach, and making his stupid heart beat faster every time he saw him?

Cooper Springs has changed since they were kids, and maybe two guys can move from hate to love. But are they ready? Will Vincent bend a few of his rules? Will Xavier reign in his chaotic tendencies? Is love in the air?

Then there’s the matter of the grisly discovery in the woods, murder is bad for business.

Welcome to Cooper Springs, home to UFO chasers, Sasquatch believers, conspiracy theorists, chainsaw artists, and regular folk just trying to make a living. And, quite possibly, a killer.

Adverse Conditions is the first in the Reclaimed Hearts series, set in the wilds of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, it is an opposites-attract, older lovers, silver fox, enemies-to-lovers, small-town romance, with a little murder. HEA guaranteed.


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Adverse Conditions by Elle Keaton

Book 1
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Xavier glanced out the window again. Across the street, Liam Wright’s most recent chainsaw sculpture was proudly displayed in his front yard. He couldn’t quite tell what it was supposed to be, he’d have to ask Liam when he saw him.

“Yeah—” Movement in the yard next to Liam’s caught Xav’s attention. He leaned closer to the windowpane for a better view of his hunky, muscly neighbor as he stomped out into the street. The man carried a long-handled yard tool slung over his shoulder like some character out of a Monty Python movie and was dragging a clean green bin behind him.

Halting at the corner, he hefted the cast iron grating off in one swift movement and began aggressively raking the leaves and other debris out of and away from the drain. Even though he was bundled up in a yellow rain slicker, Xavier would have recognized the Samaritan anywhere. “And also, you don’t have to deal with Vincent Barone.”

Vincent Barone. His nemesis.

All Xavier wanted to do was sell property and help Cooper Springs grow. But Vincent Barone had decided to get himself certified as a real estate appraiser and stymie Xavier at every fucking turn. Every damn i and every damn t that possibly needed dotting or crossing—and many that didn’t—were mentioned in every single one of Barone’s reports. Didn’t Barone understand that there needed to be room for negotiation? Maybe Mrs. Nelson’s estate didn’t want to fix the roof and would instead reduce the sale price for a potential buyer.

“It’s his literal job, Xavier,” Daisy reminded him with a laugh. Probably hoping to stop the rant she’d spotted from over a hundred miles away. “He is supposed to find things the seller should fix. No one wants the surprise of the AC failing the day after move-in.”

“He won’t listen to reason, Daisy,” Xavier grumbled. “He is literally the most aggravating person in all of Cooper Springs. There’s a guy coming all the way from Seattle today to look at the cabins and I know Vinny-boy is going to screw it up—if it gets as far as an offer.”

Barone was extremely thorough. Which was great when building bridges or, in Vincent’s case, teaching shop at the high school and needing to make sure the bored teenagers didn’t cut their extremities off. But Vincent’s part-time second job was home appraisal, and Xavier was tired of being surprised by what Barone wrote up in his official reports. At least give a guy a heads-up that the sump pump had backed up into the garage and caused water damage. Even if Barone had noted that the damage “appeared to be years old,” banks hated comments like that. Banks wanted to hear about new roofs and perfect sewer lines, not repairs that could reduce the value of their investment. And Xavier liked to be prepared with the bad news before he talked to his clients, not in the middle of meeting with them.

How fucking hard was that?

“Have you actually tried talking to him? Or do you just stand at your window and shoot dagger glares through the plate glass?”

Xavier moved away from the window so he wouldn’t be lying when he said, “No.”




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Adverse Conditions is the first book in Elle Keaton’s newest series, Reclaimed Hearts. Xavier, a real estate agent, has returned to his hometown of Cooper Springs and is living across the street from single dad and high school teacher Vincent, and the men do not get along. This is an enemies-to-lovers story I was intrigued with because I couldn’t see how they were going to end up lovers. Not only because they didn’t get along, but because Xavier was not interested in any serious relationship. I loved the unpredictability, and I liked that time was taken to build the heat and romance.

Adverse Conditions doesn’t just focus on the romance between Vincent and Xavier. We get to meet various interesting members of the Cooper Springs community – from the bar owner, a local artist, and a sheriff that I’m looking forward to learning more about. To add some mystery, remains are found that may or may not be those of a missing teenager.

I really enjoyed Vincent and Xavier’s romance and I’m sure we will see more of the men in future books. I think Adverse Conditions is a really good introduction to Cooper Spring and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

This is the first book in a new series – and whilst I enjoyed the main story, and some of the world building, the murder element didn't really seem to fit. I am looking forward to finding out more in future installments.

Xavier is back in his small hometown after a nasty breakup. He is a successful real estate agent and plans on restoring some glory to his childhood home – and his neighbour and one time school mate, Vincent, looks to be a blocker in his quest. Vincent stayed home, teaches at the local school, brings up his daughter, and does house appraisals in his spare time – and does them far too well, would be the contention of many in the area.

This is not exactly the expected start of a great romance, but the author does a good job of giving us some humour, thanks in the main to Xavier's mother, and some reality checks, mainly from Vincent's teenage daughter. Their approval of this chance at love for them both helps them act on the unsettling feelings they have for each other.

Intriguing start to a series, will be good to find out what happens next.



“Have you actually tried talking to him? Or do you just stand at your window and shoot dagger glares through the plate glass?”     Xavier moved away from the window so he wouldn’t be lying when he said, “No.”     “No, what? You haven’t talked to him? Or you’ve quit lurking and eyeing him through the curtains.?”


Author Bio

Elle Keaton. Author Imaginator.

ELLE KEATON writes M/M romantic suspense set in the Pacific Northwest with some contemporary romance thrown in. She's passionate about writing inclusive romances with complex characters and a unique sense of place. Her characters start out broken, and maybe they’re still banged up by the end, but they find the other half of their hearts and ALWAYS get their happily ever after.

In 2017 Elle hit the publish button for the first time and hasn't looked back. Being an author is the best job Elle has ever had and now she has over thirty books available for you to read or listen to!

She loves cats and dogs, Star Wars and Star Trek, pineapple on pizza, and has a cribbage habit her husband encourages.

Love always wins, thank you for supporting this indie author!

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Without stopping to think deeply about what he was doing, or thinking at all – because he one hundred percent did not like Xavier Stone, even if he was sexy as heck – Vincent shrugged back into his jacket and rain boots, pulled his hood over his head, and stepped outside. He couldn’t help it if he was a neighborly sort.


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