Friday, March 2, 2018

Review & Giveaway: RIVER HOME by Elle Keaton (Accidental Roots #5)

Length: 67,000 words
Cover Design: Cate Ashwood Designs

Accidental Roots Series

#1 Storm Season - Buy Links
#2 No Pressure - Buy Links
#3 Spring Break - Buy Links
#4 As Sure As The Sun - Buy Links


If you don't know what you want, would you recognize it if you found it?

Miguel Ramirez is the definition of pochos; a half-breed-white-washed Mexican-American who doesn't speak Spanish (also unapologetically bisexual). Three years ago he arrived in Skagit a broken man having barely managed to escape an abusive relationship. Slowly, he's rebuilt his life. He's tried hard to discard his deepest desires and be happy with what life has doled out. Family feels out of his grasp, no one really wants to keep a stray after all. Except, maybe, a red-haired stranger with a galaxy of freckles covering his face who seems to encompass everything Miguel's learned to avoid.

Nate Richardson; focused, solid, reliable, career-minded, Federal Agent. No time for relationships outside of work. Then he runs into Miguel with his crazy green eyes, rakish smile and outrageous sense of humor. Nate starts thinking about Miguel as more than just another guy. Nate was sure he didn't care about sex and didn't believe in love...he'd never met Miguel Ramirez before.

Things quickly heat up between Nate and Miguel. Crime is heating up in Skagit as well. Nate is sidelined when the case he is working on reaches a frustrating standstill. In the meantime, unnerving incidents transpire, some literally on Nate's doorstep. Will outside forces-or their own baggage-keep Miguel and Nate apart? What exactly is family, and can Miguel and Nate make one of their own?

Carra's Review

You know when you have a book with two characters who are just SO right for each other?  That’s exactly what I found in River Home.  This is very much a character-driven story, and both Miguel and Nate were so well written with plenty of depth, and I felt completely drawn to them both as individuals and as a couple.

Miguel is outgoing, teasing, and a huge flirt with just about everyone.  He’s a pretty open guy, and you wouldn’t know from his outward attitude what he’d gone through in his past.  Nate may seem reserved and dedicated to his career with the FBI, but once he meets Miguel and they spend some time together and Nate realizes what he wants, he is 100% all in and ready to explore everything.  Nate is the type of person who does what he wants and doesn’t care what other may think about him—not something you might expect from him based on first impressions.

Put Miguel and Nate together, and you get an intriguing couple who I very much wanted to see get their happily ever after, and who balance each other out quite well.  Usually I lean towards one of the main couple characters as my favorite, but with these two it was impossible for me to choose.  They both had characteristics that drew me to them, and together they just fit so well and their chemistry was downright incendiary.  Some readers may think things between them moved too fast, but I attribute that to Miguel and Nate’s personalities, especially Nate’s since once he knows what he wants he is all in and goes after it wholeheartedly.  

There’s a good blend of drama, tension, and romance between Nate’s case, Miguel’s ex, and Miguel and Nate’s evolving relationship.  The story can stand on its own, but reading the series in order will help you enjoy it even more.  There are returning characters from the previous books, and you’ll want to read their stories as well if you haven’t already; well-written characters are something at which this author excels.

River Home gets 4.5 stars from me, and is a story I highly recommend to M/M romance fans—especially if you love stories driven by the characters.  Again, you’ll really want to read the series in order to get the most enjoyment out of it.  This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.

About The Author

Author, photographer, rare Pacific Northwest Native, Elle grew up in Seattle, WA., with the Cascade Mountain range to the east and Olympics to the west. Less than two hours northwest lie the majestic San Juan Islands. To the northeast is the Methow Valley and the scrub deserts of Eastern Washington. Geography ripe with material.

A graduate of Western Washington University, Elle has a BS in biology which taught her to be tenacious. The closest she has come to biology since then is having two kids. Like an experiment or something. She's lived in four states (none of which were gaseous), London England, and Hong Kong; always knows what time it is, and has no problem finding parking even in the most difficult places. Cannot balance a checking account.

Elle's series Accidental Roots, mostly set in the Skagit Valley of Western Washington, will make its debut spring of 2017. Storm Season is tender, sometimes irreverent, full of nosy neighbors and help when the hero didn't think he needed it. Writing has always been a passion but not something she was able to take seriously until recently. Now her head is full of ideas and not enough time in each day.


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