Tender with a Twist by Annabeth Albert | Rainbow Cove #2
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQIA
Publication Date | October 2nd, 2017
ARC from the author
| Book Review |
You guys..this cover. This cover is the best cover that’s happened to any book I’ve read in months. If this cover doesn’t make you want to pick up this book, let me try to persuade you with my review. Tender with a Twist is my favorite Annabeth Albert book to date. Full disclosure – I haven’t read them all, but I do have the #gaymers series and Out of Uniform under my belt, both of which I’ve enjoyed. But there was something about Tender with a Twist that just hit me in the feels. Maybe it was the way we got a front row seat to Logan’s first opportunity to put his Dom desires into action, or maybe it was the way we saw Curtis trying to live in a world without the husband he’d adored. I thought the author did a fantastic job with both character arcs, but Curtis trying to navigate a world without his husband with expectations placed on him to be who he was ‘before’ (however unintentional they were,) was particularly devastating. And I think that was one reason why Logan and Curtis worked so well together – there was no Curtis before to Logan. He’d only ever known Curtis as he is now, and there were no expectations. Logan liked Curtis as the grumpy, standoffish man he was. The fact that Curtis kept referring to Logan as ‘kid’ as a way to deter feelings had me in stitches. He was so determined not to fall in love with Logan that he was doing anything to prevent it. And he did manage it for a while, lending this book a wonderful, slow-burn, romantic feel. Logan was also an interesting character; his desires were so at odds with the way his friends saw him, and even as it frustrated Logan, it cracked me up every time he thought ‘if they only knew.’. I just wanted him to whip out his authoritative voice and surprise the heck out of them. I love the way he found the strength to be who he wanted to be throughout this story. He was such a good man who’d lived so long pleasing others; I was thrilled to see him doing something for himself.
We got to see Mason and Nash again, but in a way that let us check in with them without overwhelming the story, and (according to the author,) we will get to see the hot doctor who made an appearance in this book in a future installment. Again, it was pretty clear we’d see him again, but not at the cost of infringing on Curtis and Logan’s story. It was more a spark of hope given to the reader.
For all of Curtis’ gruffness, Tender with a Twist really was such a sweet story; I adored both Curtis and Logan. I was rooting so hard for them to find their happily ever after together. The first Rainbow Cove book made it obvious I was going to enjoy these books, but this one blew me away. I am completely in love with this series and I cannot wait to see what else Annabeth Albert has in store for the residents of this little Oregon town – and her readers!
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Series | Rainbow Cove