ARC Review | Tender with a Twist by Annabeth Albert

Tender with a Twist by Annabeth Albert | Rainbow Cove #2
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQIA
Publication Date | October 2nd, 2017
ARC from the author


Book Blurb:

One kinky wood carver. One younger chef looking to try new things. A series of lessons that bring both men more than they bargained for…

Curtis Hunt has made a name for himself as a chainsaw wood carver, winning national competitions and operating a small business in Rainbow Cove, Oregon. As winter whittles away his tourist traffic, his goal is just to survive the season and try to not get lost in grief for his dead lover. It’s been two years, but he’s sure he’ll never be over the love of a lifetime. However, his body has a certain restlessness that he doesn’t quite know how to calm.

Logan Rosner knows a thing or two about restlessness. It’s what drove him to Rainbow Cove to be a chef at a bar and grill run by his friends. And it’s what drives him to a single sizzling encounter with the local legendary lumberjack. Both men get far more than they expected and learn that first impressions aren’t always accurate…

But when Logan proposes a series of sexy lessons, Curtis must decide how much he’s willing to risk. He knows he can’t afford to get attached to Logan’s good cooking, his easy smiles, or his caretaking, but he keeps going back for more, even as deeper emotions become involved. Soon, Curtis must decide whether to risk his heart again or risk losing Logan for good.

| 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!

| Rating |

Series | Rainbow Cove


3 thoughts on “ARC Review | Tender with a Twist by Annabeth Albert

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  1. Um…. how much do I love that cover, Angie! That beard, the ax, the hat… it’s all kinds of awesome.
    You’ve really made me want to read this. Some of your review made me think of For Real, which I liked. Do you think I’d like this one?


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