Contemporary · MM romance · part of series · sexually explicit

REVIEW: Separated by Jessica Frances

The Official Description: Separated (In Midsummer, #2)

One jealous sheriff. One pushy Hollywood hunk. One threat. One undeniable attraction. One messy situation. One chance to fix it.

I’ve guarded my heart the same way that I’ve guarded my hometown of Midsummer—with unwavering compromise and integrity. I’ve never even once been tempted to let my guard down. That is … until I met Conner Sherwood.
It didn’t matter that I swore off all romantic relationships. Or that I wasn’t interested in opening myself up and likely getting hurt. Like a moth to the flame, I can’t resist him. I can’t stop myself from wanting something I shouldn’t. Even pushing him away didn’t stop me from wanting him. Unfortunately, I’m not the only one who wants Conner. He has caught the eye of a Hollywood heartthrob. How can I compete with that?

But when Conner starts to receive death threats and an attempt is made on his life, I begin to realize that there is more at stake here than having my heart broken. Conner is in danger being in Midsummer, and whoever is threatening him won’t be satisfied until Conner is no longer breathing.

What I know for certain is that I won’t stop until I catch the person responsible for harming the man I’m coming to realize that I cannot live without.

Just the facts: M/M romance, mystery, new relationship

A fast romance goes from casual to HFN in two books! Great characters. – Kinzie Things

My thoughts bit: Separated is book two in the Midsummer series by Jessica Frances. These books are set in the small town of Midsummer. In the first book, Connor was stranded in town when his car broke down. Connor is a vlogger so he decides that he will take a couple of days to showcase the town. He meets Sheriff Rocky Green in a pub and a one-night encounter leads to something more. But there’s no HFN or HEA in book one… so get both books 1 and 2 to read if that’s what you like!

In Separated… Connor starts off by trying to move on from Rocky. Rocky has been clear that he wants casual… he doesn’t date people from the town. He’s the Sheriff and he has a daughter so he feels as though he hasn’t enough time for more from someone.

As the two characters struggle with. how they fit… or IF they fit into one another’s lives Connor begins to experience some homophobia. It seems out-of-place in the small town and although there are a few suspects it’s not clear what the motivation is.

This book is a fast-read, the romance is sweet even if the two men got off to a rocky (forgive the pun) start in book one. I really like the relationship between Connor and Rocky’s daughter, River. (Yes, all the characters have great names, Rocky, River, Love… it’s awesome).

The mystery of who is making Connor’s life so dangerous becomes more and more clear as the novel progresses. Then just as the two men are beginning to understand how they might be able to be together, there’s a new surprise.

Nope, not spoiling it! Fun, fast read… perfect for a summer beach read! Can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Things You May Want To Know: Please be aware, I’m by no means an expert on what may or may not have the potential to disturb people. I simply list things that I think a reader might want to be aware of. In this book: (SPOILERS) homophobia, behavior that may read as stalking, a character is in a fire, a character is assaulted and held at gunpoint, head injuries, descriptions of blood and injuries, discussion with and of a parent who abandons a child

Links: Goodreads // The Author 

I received an ARC of Stranded by Jessica Frances from Xpresso Book Tours via Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

 

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