Southern Lights #1
Publisher: Southern Lights Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
ETHAN SHARPE is living every young Kiwi’s dream—seeing the world for a couple of years while deciding what to do with his life. Then he gets a call.
Two days later he’s back in New Zealand. Six months later his mother is dead, his fifteen-year-old brother is going off the rails and the café he’s inherited is failing. His life is a hot mess and the last thing he needs is another complication—like the man who just walked into his café,
a much older…
TANNER CARPENTER’s time in Queenstown has an expiration date. He has a new branch of his business to get up and running, exorcise a few personal demons while he’s at it, and then head back to Auckland to get on with his life. He isn’t looking for a relationship especially with someone fifteen years his junior, but Ethan is gorgeous, troubled and in need of a friend. Tanner could be that for Ethan, right? He could brighten Ethan’s day for a while, help him out, maybe even offer some… stress relief, no strings attached.
It was a good plan, until it wasn’t.
This author is one of my favourites for contemporary romance, and I’m already hooked on this new series from her. An added bonus is the New Zealand setting, as I love reading stories set here. Queenstown is beautiful, and wonderfully described in this story.
I was invested in Ethan and Tanner’s story as soon as I started reading. I love Ethan who talks and talks to the point of embarrassment. He and Tanner complement each other well. I liked how they slowly built a friendship alongside their romance. I loved how Tanner looks after Ethan when he’s throwing up and cooks a week’s worth of meals for him—that’s definitely a sign of true love. Love the description especially of their first time together. The banter between them is fun, and feels very real, as does the emotional angst when their relationship takes a step forward, then back, and neither of them can see a way for it to continue long term.
The supporting cast is great. I’m very happy that Adrian is getting his own book. Lucy and Elle rock too, and I thought they both added to the storyline, and the extended family vibe. Elle is a wonderful voice of reason with the added bonus of having a foul mouth. Loved Sylvia, Tanner’s PA too. I’d love to see more of Tanner’s friend Stefan. Bryn also deserves a mention—he’s definitely a character in his own right.
I thought the sibling relationship between Ethan and Kurt was handled well. It felt very real as did their different ways of dealing, or rather not dealing, with their mother’s death.
The ending was very satisfying. Loved it.
Another fabulous read from this author, and looking forward to more in this series.
5 out of 5 stars.