Book Review – It’s Not You by Becca Seymour

True-Blue #5
Publisher: Rainbow Tree Publishing
Pages: 178
Characters: Lawrence/Billy
POV: 1st
Genre: Contemporary, Series

When a protective ex-cop helps his gorgeous tenant through his recovery, their complicated history is asking for trouble. Will the fear of the past repeating itself destroy any possibility of happiness?

Daredevil drifter Lawrence Crawford is hunting for a place to call home. After ten years of looking, he believes he’s found what he’s been searching for. With a job that pays the bills and a small group of friends he’s opening up to, he lets down his guard. Perhaps too much so. Finding himself in need of support, Lawrence is forced to accept help from the one man who’s been driving him to distraction for the past year. His landlord.

Former cop Billy Hilton made a mistake—admittedly there’ve been many over the years. The latest is when he lets Lawrence believe he isn’t interested in pursuing anything with him. It’s not even the age difference or the fact the guy lives in Billy’s studio apartment that’s the problem. Instead, it’s all him. When Billy offers to play nursemaid to Lawrence, his intentions may not be pure, but they’re honest. And that honesty blows their lives wide open when Lawrence’s past comes knocking on the door, demanding changes and threatening an upheaval neither man may ever recover from.

Book five in Becca Seymour’s stand-alone low-angst, feel-good LGBTQ series, True-blue. In this small town, there are busybodies, dogs who cause chaos, families who have the “best” of timing, and opportunities for good men to find their perfect match.

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I love this series and I enjoy returning to Kirkby with each new story. Billy and Lawrence’s story was sweet, yet with a bit of angst, with the perfect mix of romance, friendship, and family.

I loved how both Billy and Lawrence were dealing with their pasts, and how they helped each other to move forward. Although Billy’s ‘mistake’ is not great on his part, I liked how there was an understandable reason behind his behaviour, and that he does realise, and admit that to Lawrence…eventually. Them both taking time before opening up completely to each other felt realistic, especially considering their histories. I thought the hints of Lawrence’s past scattered within the narrative, and the little bits he let slip worked well, and I liked how his accident chipped away at the barriers they both have in place. I liked how this time round they spend time getting to know each other. I love how fiercely protective Billy is of Lawrence, and how caring and concerned Lawrence is of Billy. The description of Lawrence in Billy’s narrative is very sweet and it’s very obvious he’s totally smitten. I also liked that Billy’s injuries weren’t swept away but something he does need to deal with and has consequences.

One of the reasons I love series, especially those set in small towns, is the strong sense of friendship and family. I also enjoy catching up with familiar faces, and I loved seeing the guys from previous books in this series again, and seeing how Lawrence fit in within that circle. I’d been intrigued by Billy when he appeared in Austin and Jasper’s book so was very happy to read his story. I liked Cody in this one, so hoping his interest in Kirkby means he’ll get his own book too. He’s a nice guy put in an awkward situation, and I loved how he helped Lawrence and Billy get their HEA despite Lawrence’s mother’s plotting. Lawrence’s mother came across very well as a driven, selfish, not fit to be mother type. She’s a total piece of work and totally needed karma to catch up with her.

Their HEA is perfect.

I’m very happy that there will be more of this series.

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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2 Responses to Book Review – It’s Not You by Becca Seymour

  1. beccaseymour says:

    Thank you so much. 🙂


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