Title: Lovers, Losers and You (Sunshine and Happiness #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Skylar M. Cates (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 11, 2015 – 220 pgs
How can you lose one dream and still find another?
Owen King is a lonely history teacher who wants to be braver. So when Owen learns about the deceased brother he never met, he breaks free of his safety net and risks answers. Despite his loving, adopted family, Owen wonders if there are missing pieces inside of him. Visiting the seaside town of Ocean Vista, where his brother lived and died, will be no vacation.
Andrew Teagan wants to be a winner. After being dumped by his last boyfriend, Andrew is through letting others dictate his life. To prove that dreams are possible, he’s going after his ambitions full force. Having signed on for a cooking reality show, Andrew’s ready to make his small café into a sizzling success.
When Andrew aids Owen on the beach, what starts off as an act of kindness turns into a hot temptation. But can a sweet budding romance survive when the time comes for Owen to leave town? Both men must learn to trust each other if their love will conquer the miles between them.
First this book is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone. I will definitely be going back and reading the first book, because I really enjoyed this book. This was a light read, something you can just read and put much thought into it, but it was totally enjoyable. It was also a little to lovey-dovey, but the author was able to make it believable. The author was able to take the characters and let us see how good love can be. Excellent job Ms. Cates.
This book may be a romance but it also explores the idea of family. The family we’re born into, the family we’re adopted into and the families we create for ourselves. The author explores the burden of family and the protection family offers. For a romance, this is a huge, complicated story.
Owen and Andrew meet when Owen decides to finally meet his deceased biological brother’s friends. Add in work troubles for Owen and Andrew’s stint on a reality television show and this gets more than a little complicated.
I enjoyed the romance, even if it became a little too sweet for me at times. I enjoyed the secondary characters at times – though there were so many characters I had to keep re-checking names as I read.
I found Owen a little snooty and a bit too sheltered at the start. I was pleased to see him relax as the story unfolded because he wasn’t very likeable at the start. It is just unfortunate that it took his grief and confusion to make him more human.
I loved Andrew’s reality show, “Cafe Wars” (Think Great British Bake-Off) and I love the way he pulled his eclectic team together.