Third time lucky is too much to hope for. Isn't it?
Tyler Samuels had his reasons for leaving the country town where he grew up. He moved to the city, established a home and a career, and found love. Now Ty is in his early thirties, and as his life takes another tragic turn, he finds himself returning to the place he first ran from.
Mac McGrath has lived in Armidale all his life. He loves his family and his job as an electrician, running the family business. The only thing missing in his life is a relationship. When Ty, his teenage crush, arrives back in town, maybe he has found someone to love at last.
What starts as friends with benefits quickly turns to more for Mac, but Ty will need to let go of his memories if he is to learn to love again. But can Mac wait that long?
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Publisher: Independently Published
Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Hurt / Comfort, Second Chances
Word Count: 48000
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
One of the reasons I love series is the chance to revisit characters and settings. Although the 2 MCs from book1 of this series—Joey and Adam—are no longer there, I loved the way the author has used the Central Hotel and its staff to link the two books together. I also recognised a couple of the other characters from Rustic Melody who have a bigger role in this story too.
Although still a sweet romance, this story has a little more angst in it than book 1. I really felt for Ty at the beginning of the story, and I thought his grief came across very well. Tyler ‘Ty’ Samuels, and Robert ‘Mac’ McGrath carry the story well, and I thought the author did a great job in handling their relationship, especially considering all the baggage Ty carries. I felt for Mac with his frustration but at the same time I could see Ty’s perspective as well.
In other words, I got attached to these characters very quickly, to the point where I stayed up late to finish the book in one sitting. As with the first story, although this is about Ty and Mac, there’s a great ensemble cast supporting them, and it was great to see their storylines progress a little as well. There are a couple of additions to the cast this time around, and I have to mention how much I loved Shadow, Mac’s dog. I’m enjoying seeing this series grow and am looking forward to reading more, especially as I know who book three focuses on—loved them in this story.
I’d recommend Rustic Memory for readers who love a sweet romance, likeable characters who have to work through past experiences in order to move forward, a great supporting cast, and stories set in Australia. 5 out of 5 stars.