Book Reviews

Brokenhearted (Hope Cove 1) by Cate Ashwood

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 27-March-2020

Book Blurb

I’m an orphan.

I’ve spent my life alone, clawing my way through just trying to survive. When Sheriff Owen Macklin shows up on my doorstep to inform me my sister has died, I’m blindsided. I have no choice but to follow Mack to Hope Cove, Maine, because even though Maggie is gone, I’m desperate to get to know the only family I’ve ever had. 

But just when I think my life can’t become any more complicated, I’m hit with the realization that I’m beginning to fall in love with the quaint little town, and against my better judgment, the straight-as-an-arrow sheriff who makes me want things I have no business wanting.

After years of searching for a place I belonged, I have to decide whether to stay and fight or cut my losses and run.

First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, November 2013.

Book Review

There is no peace, though, is there? Rest in peace is one big fucking cosmic joke, because you’re gone and everyone else is left to pick up the goddamn broken pieces that shattered all over the fucking place.

My heartstrings tugged, painfully, for Oliver when Mack showed up at his doorstep and told him about his sister, Maggie. The sister, hell the only family Oliver ever even knew he had. I could completely understand Oliver's desire to visit Hope Cove to try to learn about his sister. I would've gone in the same situation. And it was desperately obvious that deep down Oliver has always longed for a family.

In the beginning, Mack throws Oliver for a loop. He assumes he's straight, he assumes he was in love with Maggie, but you know how assumptions go. Maggie and Mack were like brother and sister, not lovers. And something about Oliver is making Mack feel things he's never felt before. Oh, he's had a random thought or two about guys over the years, but he's only ever been with women. It doesn't take long before the heat ratchets up, and the feelings, too.

I envied Oliver finding his place in Hope Cove. Most people never find that, or their soul mates, so finding both is remarkable. There's a part of me that always wanted to live in a small town where everyone knew you, but then there's a part that is grateful for all the moving I did and the new opportunities. But for Oliver there's a coming home feeling, and he struggles with his decision of staying or leaving.

He felt like he had changed since arriving in Hope Cove, as if the little coastal town had burrowed under his skin and rearranged who he was. He was falling in love with the place and the people in it, some more than others.

There's so much beauty in this story. The writing is lyrical, the characters are strong and vulnerable, and the story line is all about finding love and family, in the most unlikely of places. A book I can readily, and easily, recommend.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 210 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 10-March-2020
Price $3.99 ebook
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