Whenever I read a Susan Mac Nicol book I never know what to expect as I turn each page. From her Men of London series to her individual titles, each story holds something new and yet familiar. This book was no different, because I did not know what to expect.
What jumped out at me at first was where the story took place. As a native from Southern California myself, it is always interesting to see a story set in an area that an author does not live near, but Susan did a great job setting the scene. While not everyone from CA is a free spirit who either surfs or frequents night clubs, she was able to make these fit into a story that was not only believable but helped to see the other side of what some would think is a glamorous lifestyle and show it for what it can be; consuming and sometimes lonely.
The characters, Nate and Cody were sweet, and it was easy to follow their story of a love that never had a chance. It was heartwarming how Cody held a torch for Nate all the years that they had remained “just friends” and was clueless to as why it was that way. It was something that happens quite often in everyday life, and it made it all the more joyous when the two were able to get beyond their friendship and take the next step. Cody’s undying support of Nate and the way that he does not let his new disability change the way he feels about him, gives the reader hope and makes him all the more loveable. Nate’s ability to work past his tragedy, and not only flourish but succeed in his career is something that the reader needs… because it opens up the possibility that we can truly makes something happen if we believe that we can do it, and ultimately if we try and never give up.
All in all, the story was a great read, and I am left wondering if Susan is going to make another series, or leave this story as a stand alone book. But, I can tell you this… you will be wondering if “something” is going to happen throughout the book, and no… I won’t tell you what. You will just have to find out for yourself or rather… ‘see’ for yourself!
Sometimes we don’t see love coming ♡
Tragedy brings together a reserved but brilliant sculptor and an outgoing gallery owner, friends whose love was sidetracked but was always meant to be deeper.
SoCal natives, Nate and Cody have been friends since childhood. Both knew they were different—and the same. At seventeen, a stolen weekend in the Florida Keys drove their connection deeper and hotter than either could imagine. They were meant to be together. Then, for reasons only Nate knows, suddenly they weren’t.
They’re still friends. Best friends. But they’ve moved on and found other partners. The yearning remains, however, despite the long-ago secret that drove them apart, when tragedy strikes, both men find themselves in the dark. They must grope their way back to who and what they are…which they will find in each other’s arms. Sometimes, losing one’s sight can open one’s eyes—and heart.
Susan Mac Nicol is a self-confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, self-confessed geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…
She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason. She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.
In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never-Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.
Sue is also a PAN member of the Romance Writers of America and a member of their Rainbow chapter as well as a member of the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK.
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Nicholas Downs is a successful film, television and stage actor, who has also appeared in many national television ads. Originally from a small town in Iowa, Nicholas is one of ten children. He fell in love with acting the moment he first discovered a stage and has been working on his craft ever since.
His feature film roles include both Hollywood blockbusters Pearl Harbor, The Girl Next Door, Constantine, The Holiday as well as award-winning indie features 16 to Life, The Awakening of Spring and Anderson’s Cross. Nicholas can be seen on hit television shows including NCIS: Los Angeles, Castle, Cold Case, Boston Public, The Young and the Restless, The Guardian, Make it or Break it and the recent Lifetime Movie, Beautiful and Twisted.
This has been a busy few years for Nicholas, who was cast in leading roles in the feature films, Is It Just Me? (winner of numerous festival awards) - and The Apocalypse… According to Doris. He has traveled internationally to promote Is It Just Me? and 16 to Life at several film festivals (Palm Springs International Film Festival, Polar Lights International Film Festival, Asheville Film Festival). In Detroit, Is It Just Me? won Best Feature at the DIFF and in Hawaii it won the prestigious Rainbow Award.
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