Reviewed: April 7th, 2022
Released: March 29th, 2022
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance
An emotional and humour filled roller-coaster ride through a sleepy little Cornish Bay.
Jesse Ainsley’s life running his busy veterinary practice in the sleepy Cornwall bay he grew up in leaves no time for a serious relationship… at least, that’s what he tells himself, but the simple truth is much more cliché. He’s been in love with his best friend forever, but when he starts pulling away and goes radio silent on him for six months, Jesse begins to wonder if their friendship is finally over.
Deacon James lives his life at two speeds, a hundred miles an hour and stop. He’s spent the last decade travelling the world, winning races, partying with the most beautiful men and women, and living life on his terms, a life which was pretty close to perfect… with just one caveat… he’s never quite been able to get over the boy he left behind. His best friend Jesse has always made him yearn for something he’s too afraid to face and cutting him out of his life seemed like the only answer.
But things are never that simple. When Deacon wakes from an accident in Italy with Jesse asleep in the hospital chair beside him, he discovers Jesse’s been keeping secrets of his own.
At a crossroads in their life, they’re faced with a choice, build something deeper and stronger from the ashes, or let words unsaid and secrets tear them apart forever.
Helen’s thoughts: 5/5
I love this ‘Belongs to Me’ series by Vawn Cassidy. A beautiful backdrop of a cornish bay where I want to live and engaging characters who tug at your heartstrings.
This book is about Jesse, Beck’s twin brother, and Jesse’s best friend Deacon, who Jesse has loved ever since they were kids. But unsaid words, the fear of losing a best friend, the loss of family and the struggle with the resulting grief all result in a rollercoaster of emotions and love and misunderstandings.
Definitely Deacon is a second chance, friends to lovers, which has a soft and mushy heart and thankfully a HEA. But it also deals with some tough subjects; anxiety, managing grief and abandonment. All of which make the story more real and heart wrenching.
Beautifully written, lovable characters, with friendships that leap of the page and you wish they were yours. Colin turns out to be an adorable addition, as does peanut, though what happens to Damien is not resolved, so I hope that is part of the next book. Because I will be waiting for it!
About the author:
Vawn Cassidy is the MM Romance pen name of author Wendy Saunders. She lives in Hampshire in the UK with her husband and three children. She writes Contemporary & Supernatural Fantasy as Wendy Saunders and Romance & Romantic Suspense as WJ Saunders.
She’s a hopeless romantic and eternal optimist. When she’s not barricaded in her writing cave she’s often to be found lurking about on social media and she loves to chat about all things books and writing!
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