Hope Cove: Book One
Oliver Parrish has been alone in the world since he was born. So when Sheriff Owen “Mack” Macklin shows up on his doorstep to deliver the news that Oliver's sister has died, he's beyond surprised. Still, Oliver returns with Mack to Hope Cove, Maine, hoping to get to know the sister he never knew he had. As he tries to snap these new elements into his solitary life, he's not sure how they might fit.
His life is shaken up further as he falls in love with the irresistible town of Hope Cove, and with Mack, its equally irresistible sheriff. But when he receives devastating news about his sister's cause of death, Oliver doesn't know whether to stay and fight for love and a good life, or cut his losses and run.
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5 Stars for John Orr's narration!
5 Stars for John Orr's narration!
4.5 stars minus one full star for unnecessary miscommunication = 3.5 Stars for story.
I will start by saying this - 5 Stars for John Orr's narration! His narration was absolutely fantastic.
Orr was an absolute pleasure to listen to.
This should have been a slam dunk 5 star story for me. I am a sucker for this trope where a young gay man with a tragic past comes to a small town and gains love and acceptance. The story flowed well and everything was going great until...but I'll get back to that.
So this story is about Oliver Parrish, a former foster kid who's had a pretty hard life without a lot of love or help. He's all alone in the world and his only dream and ambition is to be an Executive Chef one day. When he trudges home after yet another exhausting fourteen-hour day he finds Owen Macklin "Mack" on his stoop looking "emotionally broken" and asking for Oliver, Oliver reluctantly lets Mack come up to his apartment. Mack delivers the news that the sister Oliver never knew existed, Maggie, had died and left Oliver her bakery and apartment. He asks Oliver to return with Mack to Hope Cove, Maine in order to close out Maggie's things and get to know the sister he never got a chance to meet.
Just an aside - the emotion Orr brings to the scene where Mack tells Oliver about Maggie's death is heartbreaking. Maggie had been Mack's best friend since fourth grade, and the utter devastation that Orr weaves through Mack's voice...was breathtaking.
Once Oliver returns with Mack to Hope Cove he decides he isn't comfortable staying at Maggie's apartment, so Mack offers his guest room for the night until the B&B opens the following day. But the two men get along, and that one night turns into a few days...and the two find themselves falling in love. Their relationship grows and the sex is HOT!
The narration keeps the story flowing really well, everything was going great...and then. Then there is a BIG MISCOMMUNICATION detour.
Oliver gets some news and runs back to Seattle without telling Mack where or why he's going. It turns into a thing.
Honestly, I felt this entire section was completely unnecessary and served no good purpose. Thankfully it's not a long period of stupidity and the romance and story gets back on track. Personally, I thought Mack forgave Oliver waaaaay too quickly and should have made him grovel. Seriously grovel. And then beg some more.
I loved that I got to know Maggie a bit through her journals, I loved the town, and the sexy times between Mack and Oliver were smokin' hot! Sure, there were a couple of little niggles during the story, but I thought the absolutely sublime narration quelled them quickly.
The story is sweet, I absolutely loved John Orr's narration (and cannot praise it enough), the sexy times are scorching, and it's got a lovely HEA.
Lovely story, sweet romance and a great narrator
I love the romance between Oliver and Mack. It is really sweet and lovely. I also really enjoyed Hayden and what he brought to the story. Can't wait for his story.
I love the small town aspect of this story and the baking. The relationship lost with Oliver sister was also interesting in understanding Oliver and his reactions. The least interesting was GFY aspect of Mack.
He did a wonderful job. I had read this book before purchasing it on Audible. But when I listened to his sample, I had to have this. He really brought these characters to life. I really hope he does the sequels as well.
When Mack finds Oliver in the hospital and realizes how much he means to him.
I love law man romances with the small town aspect. Hope Cove is almost its own character in this story. It's a little unrealistic, but hey that is what I look for in fiction. Totally worth a credit.