Title: Nobody’s Son (Sons #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Shae Connor (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 16, 2015 – 200 pgs
Who wouldn’t want a nice cup of tall, dark, and gorgeous? Shaun Rogers does. He’s working at the front desk of a clothing-optional gay resort when Conrad “Con” Brooks walks in. The sweet, funny, and smart IT guy is there to install a new network and security system, and sparks fly between the two men from the start. Trouble is, Shaun’s hiding his sexuality from his grandmother, the only family he has left, and that makes him reluctant to take the leap with Con.
Then a man claiming to be Shaun’s absent father shows up out of nowhere, throwing Shaun completely off balance. His life spiraling toward chaos, Shaun soon discovers that his “father” is hiding secrets of his own. When things come to a head between them, it’s Con who comes to Shaun’s rescue—but the incident could force Shaun into a decision he’s not sure he’s ready to make.
Set in Jimmy’s clothing optional beach resort, this is a feel-good summertime story of coming out, family and first love. Add in two great leads, a grandmother with a baseball bat and clothing optional pool parties and I seriously enjoyed this book.
Shaun Rogers has spent his time since college caring for his gran and working at Jimmy’s (book 2) resort. He has been struggling with his sexuality, scared to admit it to himself let alone his elderly gran and surrogate father. But electrical engineer and former porn star Con is tempting enough to push Shaun fully out of the closet.
I loved both of the leading men in this story. The older Con is sweet, smart and wonderfully patient. Shaun is younger, self-contained and more than a little reserved. They work together beautifully and it was wonderful to finally read a romance about two strong black leading men. Shaun’s grandmother is a beautifully fiesty character and I loved Shaun’s relationship with his surrogate father, Darnell.
I struggled with other aspects of this story, especially the sub-plot featuring Shaun’s possible biological father. This felt implausible and overblown, more daytime television than quality romance writing. I always hate the hospital as a plot device cliche in m/m stories and this one follows the tired script of bullet-wound-brings-everyone-together perfectly.
But otherwise, this series is developing well. I love the ever-expanding group of friends that congregate at Jimmy’s resort and catching up with couples from the first two books was a real treat.
Shae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she works for the government by day and reads and writes about people falling in love by night. She’s been making up stories for as long as she can remember, but it took her a long time to figure out that maybe she should start writing them down. Now, she usually has far too many stories in progress, but when she does manage to tear herself away from her laptop, she enjoys running, hiking, cooking, and traveling, not necessarily in that order.