San Capistrano #1
Publisher: Small Black Cat Media
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
The Beach House is the first installment in The San Capistrano Series, following the story of a chance meeting between pediatraic nurse, Alex Davis, and lawyer, Ben Larsen, at a rock concert.
Alex is a shy, quiet man who keeps to himself, the product of a judgemental and abusive upbringing. At a concert he meets Ben. Confident and comfortable with his life, Ben has only ever known unconditional acceptance in his family.
When Ben asks him out, Alex assumes it will be like every date he’s had: casual and unimportant. He doesn’t count on falling in love. Will Ben be enough to help Alex turn his back on a lifetime of rejection and accept that he can be happy?
I’d heard about this series, but hadn’t read it. Now I’m wondering why I didn’t read it sooner. Despite it being written in present tense, which I’m usually not a fan of, I got sucked into Alex and Ben’s story, couldn’t put it down, and finished reading in one sitting.
I love the ambience of their relationship, and found this a lovely feel good story, that gave me the feeling of a picture painted in words. I love the two of them together, and their struggles before they get their happy ending kept me reading and wanting to make sure everything worked out for them.
The characters are wonderful and feel very real. I loved Matt and Claire, Ben’s brother and sister-in-law, and Alex’s mother, Allie, and his grandmother Polly and the family vibe they have with both Alex and Ben. On the flip side, Alex’s parents are horrible, and I’m not surprised he has major issues about himself and is scared that Ben won’t want him when he finds out how emotionally damaged he is.
5 out of 5 stars.