Hutch Crowley is well-liked in the small resort town of Mangrove - he's got friends in his new neighbors, he's the owner of the town grocery, and he's building a community center - but he's still unlucky at love. Every man he's attracted to is either taken or simply not interested, including his best friend, Mike Rojas.
When Mike came to Mangrove two years ago, Hutch gave him a job and a place to stay in his guesthouse, where Mike has remained ever since. Despite the rumors circulating about them, Hutch knows Mike is straight and looking for the right woman. But his friends disagree, and after some hints to the contrary, even Hutch finally has to admit that maybe the rest of the town sees something he's been missing. If Hutch wants to spend each sultry sunset with the man of his dreams, it might be time to figure out what's going on with his best friend's heart.
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Greg Tremblay is fantastic!!
I feel like this was more a set up for future novellas than it was a fully realized novella itself. Hutch and Mike don't even realize they're supposed to be together until more than three quarters through, which I wouldn't mind except the sexy times lacked the heat M.C. usually brings to the party.
Still, I didn't dislike it and will continue with the series, mostly because it's Mary Calmes.
Greg Tremblay, once again of course, delivers a fantastic performance, so it's worth getting just for that.
Greg Tremblay's narration
Getting little tidbits with characters I love in the series and finding new favorites.
I think the chase between Hutch and the good doctor after the cranky town council bitch got Hutch riled up was hysterical!
Hutch, he was so unknowingly sexy and sometimes infuriating.
The men of Mangrove continue to grow and pair up. Fans of this series of short stories will remember Hutch Crowley, the owner of the town grocery, from the last story and that ill-fated date. In Sultry Sunset, Hutch is still single and still in love with his best friend, but damned if he’ll tell Mike because he’s convinced Mike is straight. While Hutch works on the community center and has run-ins with cranky old bags and confused doctors, Mike is busy bedding every available woman in town in an attempt to convince himself he is not, in fact, in love with his best friend.
The thing is, anyone other than these two with two working eyes can see the way they are with each other. Subtle touches and smiles, the fact that they eat dinner together every night, and then when Hutch lands in jail, Mike is quick to come bail him out. And with that release comes a release of an entirely different nature.
I absolutely love this little series of serials set in Mangrove, a quaint little beach town full of lovely gay men in search of that someone special. The community is a family of sorts with crazy old Betties, squabbling siblings and nosey neighbors to add a ton of humor to the stories. Greg Tremblay continues to carry the torch as narrator and let me tell you, he’s amazing. Though the core of the story is Hutch and Mike, there were several various secondary characters and Tremblay made sure the listener could hear a distinctly different tone for each and every character.
I’m anxious to see who gets the next story… the single dad that is trying to prove he is a good father, just because he is gay doesn’t make him unfit to care for his daughter. Or the previously closeted attorney that divorced his wife and moved to Mangrove so he could finally, truly live his life. OH, what if they wind up together? That would be some entertaining reading I must say.
Such a great series and each story is super short, like a naughty little snack. I think each installment could stand on its own, but they are so much more fun when you listen in order and can follow along with certain characters. Definitely a must listen though, Calmes is such a masterful writer and Tremblay really brings her crazy characters to life.
- Tams (TTC Books and more)