Tony award-winning musician Reese Matheson’s life resembles a natural disaster, and caregiver Jude De La Torre is caught in the eye of the storm. Can the love these two opposites find together survive caring for an ornery octogenarian with wayward balls and a meddling family insistent upon tradition?
A public break-up is not what Reese expects upon returning from the successful run of his musical in London. All he wants to do is spend time with his beloved grandfather and musical mentor, who suffers from Alzheimer’s. Reese knows he doesn’t have much time left before the elder Matheson doesn’t remember him. In classic “Hurricane Reese” form, he moves into the cottage by the sea, displacing Jude, the intriguing caregiver he’d hired two years before. When Grandpa proves too much for Reese to handle on his own, Jude comes to his rescue, taming Grandpa… and the Hurricane as well. Soon all Reese can think about is how to get Jude out of his scrubs and into his bed. Permanently. Will Hurricane Reese destroy everything in its wake, or will this gay odd couple learn to harmonize together?
- 3 To Be Read lists
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Heat Level: 3
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay, Pansexual
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Age Difference, Coming Out / Closeted, Cultural Differences, Families/Raising Kids, Famous / Not Famous, Interracial Relationship, Opposites Attract
Word Count: 69k
Setting: Malibu and Santa Monica, CA
Languages Available: English
The sound of someone pounding on the car woke Jude the next morning, and the first thing he saw was Reese’s handsome face, which looked furious.
“Open up this door right now.”
The humiliation overwhelmed Jude. He turned away from Reese’s angry face at the window of his Pathfinder and wondered if he could disappear if he just closed his eyes tightly enough. It could happen. He used to play that game with his father when he was a boy. He’d close his eyes, and his father would pretend he’d become invisible. Jude would laugh and laugh while his father looked all over for him.
“Jude, I swear if you don’t open this door, I’ll break the window.”
Jude climbed over the backseat and opened the door, but he refused to speak. He kept his arms wrapped around himself to hide the fact that he was shaking uncontrollably.
“You mind telling me what you’re doing sleeping in your car outside my house? Are you crazy?”READ MORE
Jude tried to keep the tremor from his voice. “I’m perfectly sane. One could ask you what you’re doing outside before dawn shouting at me.”
Reese blanched, leaned closer, and rested his arm on the roof of the car. “Please don’t tell me you’ve been doing this since I came home.”
“Okay what?” Reese asked, his voice growing more tense by the second.
“Okay, I won’t tell you that,” Jude replied and bit his lip to keep the nervous laughter at bay. He might have lied when he said he was perfectly sane.
“Why are you smiling? You have been, haven’t you? Dammit, Jude. Why didn’t you tell me?”
Any trace of humor evaporated. Jude raised his eyebrow at Reese.
“What would it have mattered to you? You’d already made up your mind to move in. I was in the process of finding a place when you asked me to come back,” he lied.
“But your family—”
“My family has their hands full. They’re already caring for my brother and sister.”
“You have siblings? Where are your parents?”
“In the Philippines. Reese, what are you even doing out here this early?”
“I was just going to run to the store and grab some coffee. We’re out. And I knew you’d be here soon. I just didn’t know you were already here.”
Reese peered around the inside of the car, furthering Jude’s embarrassment. He looked in the back where Jude had been sleeping and noticed all the neat piles of clothes and books.
“You know, most people who live in their cars are like trolls. Even your piles of clothes are color coded. Hey, you own jeans. I was beginning to think you only wore scrubs.” He chuckled, and Jude’s embarrassment turned to anger. He reached over to pull the door closed, but Reese blocked him.
“What do you think you’re doing?” Reese asked, the humor fading from his voice.
“I’m leaving. What does it look like?” Jude tried to tug the door shut, not even concerned about smashing Reese’s perfect hands. It would serve him right.
“The only place you’re going is in the house. No wonder you’ve been so exhausted. You’re going to come in, shower, and get in my bed.”
Jude’s eyes flared, and he started to argue, but Reese held a finger up to his lips.
“As much as I’d love to join you there, now’s not the time. We’ll just take turns. Now grab what you need. You’re moving back in.”
Jude pulled away. “You can’t just order me around. You—”
Reese snaked an arm around Jude’s back and pulled him in for a kiss so quickly that a very stunned Jude could only open his mouth to object before Reese’s tongue filled it. Shocked, Jude tried to push him away, but Reese scooped his other hand under Jude’s ass and pulled him forward to bring their bodies flush against each other, Jude’s legs spread against Reese’s hips. When Jude would have fought harder, Reese bit down on his lower lip and growled low in his chest.
Kissing Reese was everything Jude feared it could be—overwhelming, intoxicating, and probably addicting. Jude forgot about all the reasons he shouldn’t be kissing Reese, slid a hand around his back, and pressed their chests impossibly close together. Jude couldn’t help smiling when Reese moaned his appreciation. Reese may have started the kiss, but Jude met his enthusiasm, stroke for stroke. A sort of quiet chaos built between them as they each finally gave into a chemistry that Jude didn’t quite understand. How could Reese make him so angry, turned on, grounded, and upheaved all at the same time?COLLAPSE
Marcy on Goodreads wrote:
I have read ALL of author R.L. Merrill's books and each book that she writes gets better and better!! I love her writing style, her ability to switch genre's with little problem and her "real" characters! She is an amazing author that I can see on the NY Times Bestseller list any day now!!
This book is a total 360 from her normal style - she has written romance, she has written about music, she has written about love...but never m/m love while including the music, drama and in all of her epic glory some of her past characters (enter Jesse). I loved this book from the very first page and didn't want to put it down! The characters seem real, the situation is possible from every aspect and the banter, writing, and conversations between the characters is unique and genuine. I wanted to move into the beach cottage with Reese and Jude and Grandpa.
I am not always a fan of same sex romance stories, as some are too unrealistic or too graphic, but author R.L. Merrill writes this one in a respectful way that makes the reader fall in love with the characters and the author....although there was a bit of drama that made the reader want to curse at her...she quickly redeemed herself!
Don't hesitate to grab this book today! It is a short, sweet, fun read that will leave you wanting more! Another home run by this author, I can't wait to see what she writes next!!
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Lakesha on Goodreads wrote:
I need to start by saying...I love Grandpa! He's battling dementia, but still has lots of spunk left. Jude is an amazing caregiver to Grandpa, but Reese decides that he needs to be the one to care for his own grandfather. After "losing" Grandpa for a short while, Reese realizes that he needs Jude. Sparks begin to fly between them...
I really loved the characters in this book! Jude was so calm and sweet while Reese was strong and chaotic. I thought they were well developed and dealt with many real world issues such as homelessness, caring for the elderly, being in the closet, etc. I was rooting for their love despite the odds!
I loved this story and it's message. I have never rooted for 2 characters as much as I did for Reese and Jude. And the grandfather character had me in stitches through the entire book. Two thumbs up for this great piece of literature. #loveislove