Book Review – The Beach House by Angelique Jurd

San Capistrano #1
Publisher: Small Black Cat Media
Pages: 132
Characters: Ben/Alex
POV: 3rd
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?

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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.

More please.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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