Book Reviews

Tiny House (Buchanan House Love Stories 2) by Charley Descoteaux

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 13-February-2020

Book Blurb

Pride weekend is over, but for Nathan Lucas, the summer is just heating up. He appears to have it all. He’s tall and blond, ripped and handsome, and half owner of Buchanan House, a successful gay retreat on Oregon’s beautiful central coast. But his joie de vivre hides a fear of abandonment. When he was twelve his mother had triplets, and instead of the cherished only child, Nathan became a scapegoat for his exhausted parents, and he has never truly dealt with that pain.

Portland chef Paulie Nesbitt is head over heels in love with Nathan. They’ve been drinking buddies with benefits for years, while Paulie has not-so-secretly yearned for more. Paulie’s extra pounds and self-doubt have kept him from acting on his feelings. Their friends know they would make the perfect couple, but Nathan and Paulie will have to let go of past insecurities if they want a future together.



First edition published as 'Tiny House (Buchanan House 3)' by Dreamspinner Press, April 2016.


Book Review

The ‘Buchanan House’ series, just like the fictional B&B that plays a major role in it – almost like a separate main character - is something very special. The idea of this fictional guest house on the Oregon Coast that is set up for the LGTBQ+ crowd is the brainchild of best friends Eric, a former line cook, and Nathan, who has more than enough flair to be a host. Eric found the love of his life in Tim, the handyman, and they are married. Nathan is in a more complicated situation, and this second volume is his and Paulie’s story.

Nathan and Paulie have know each other for eighteen years, have been in love for most of those years, but have never managed to admit this to themselves, much less to each other. Both are in pain when they are apart, but neither can manage to pull himself together, to take a leap of faith. They need all the encouragement their extended family can give them if they ever want to get what they most want: that one special man to love for the rest of their lives.

Nathan has issues with commitment, but it wasn’t until this book that I really understood how deep they run. He wants to be perfect, but from the moment he thought his parents were rejecting him by having the triplets who took over their lives, he has never been able to feel as though he is “enough”. He is gracious, supportive, and a wonderful friend – but he can’t see that in himself. His self-destructive tendencies drive him to drink and overindulge, and it takes several mini-interventions for him to begin to see what he is doing. But even when he does admit he is in love with Paulie, changing these ingrained thought patterns and behaviors is hard work.
 
Paulie has loved Nathan for years but he has never found the courage to act on his feelings. They have been drinking buddies and friends with benefits, but Paulie is convinced Nathan can do better. Paulie is a successful chef and carries a few extra pounds, and because Nathan is so gorgeous and surrounds himself with good-looking people, for years Paulie thinks he doesn’t stand a chance. And even now, when he is successful and begins to realize no other man will make him feel as deeply as Nathan, Paulie can’t figure out how to open up, how to let Nathan know.

The entire cast of supporting characters is back, and deserves a mention as well. The mix of old and young, their different backgrounds and orientations is just fantastic. Their colorful contributions to the main story made it even more enjoyable and some of their thoughts and comments were an essential part of helping Paulie and Nathan come to their senses.

If you like stories about men who are afraid of the love they feel yet yearn for a relationship, if you want to see how facing the truth and taking a deep breath before taking a leap of faith can truly change lives, and if you’re looking for a read that is full of painful memories, touching moments, deep emotions, and wonderful characters, then you will probably like this novel. Its genuine warmth and charming details pulled me in as much as the fascinating characters. I loved it!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 202 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-July-2019
Price $4.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Tiny-House-Buchanan-Book-Stories-ebook/dp/B07V9J6PC1