Set in the same universe as the Nick Williams Mystery Series and the Daytona Beach Book Series, these love stories focus on the men who come together, find true love, and really do live happily ever after.
(Golden Gate Love Stories #3)
by Frank W. Butterfield
Print Length: 152 pages
Publication Date: February 10, 2019
January 29, 2019Eddie Smith is a chubby bear of a guy who lives in Daytona Beach and doesn’t work much anymore but isn’t retired.
Whit Hall has just retired as a tight end for an NFL expansion team and lives in San Antonio.
At 52, Eddie feels at home with himself and has learned how to roll with life. He’s happy enough where he is and doesn’t expect much to happen anytime soon.
At 35, Whit is ready for a life that put less of a strain on his body. He’s banked plenty of dough but doesn’t know what to do next.
. . .
About to sit down to his favorite take-out lasagna, Eddie gets a call from a friend who wants to hire him to help Whit figure out what’s next in his life.
Eddie is a kinda, sorta life coach and might be able to help but seriously doubts it.
Reluctantly, he climbs aboard his friend’s private jet and flies to San Antonio. Once he arrives, he ends up getting a whole lot more than he bargained for. Whit Hall is aggressive, he’s angry, and he’s under a lot of pressure.
It’s a good thing Eddie (sorta) knows what he’s doing!
. . .
Now that he’s retired, Whit is looking for the next thing.
He’s set, with plenty of bank. And he’s doing what he can to deal with his parents, who are all up in his business. A lot.
Then, one Wednesday morning, he opens his front door. Before he knows it, Whit is chasing Eddie Smith out of his house, down the street, and even further.
It’s a good thing Whit is (kinda) in shape for this new type of chase!
. . .
Neither man wants to go far…
But unexpected changes are chasing them both…
Wherever they end up going, and whatever ends up happening, this will be the beginning of something new and wonderful for them both.
. . .
This 45K word stand-alone contemporary male/male (MM) romance involves a chubby bear guy and a retired professional football player.
Hints of a coming-out story…
Medium-heat sexual descriptions…
Slightly nerdy details…
And a HEA (that’s a happily-ever-after)…
Graphic sexual descriptions…
This story is the beginning of a series of contemporary romantic adventures. It ends with the start of one of those, so there are some loose plot points but no cliff-hanger.
Topics: virgin, virgin hero, out for you, first time romance, mid-life transformation, innocent first timer, late bloomer
Eddie is a sort of life coach. Doesn’t do a lot of coaching, it’s more like he talks to people and finds out what they want and helps them get there. He’s kinda chubby, happy with his life, and not overly concerned about where he is going.
Whit is a retired football player. Forced to stay in the closet because he can’t tell his religious parents. He also doesn’t know where his life is going. Then he meets Eddie. I Don’t want to give away the story so no spoilers.
Eddie and Whit were funny and sweet together. Both got a very sudden case of insta-love. I liked the way Eddie saw life. The book did end kind of abruptly. I hope we get more of their story.
Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book was quite unlike any other romance I’ve read, and I was a little unsure going in how it was going to pan out. The more I read though, the more I got hooked on Eddie and Whit and their conversations and their budding relationship. It’s quite a real and honest romance. Eddie doesn’t have ripped abs: he’s a big bear of a guy on the other side of 50 and I could easily see the attraction Whit felt for him. He’s rocksteady and such a calming influence no wonder he turned Whit’s head; he’s just what the man needed at this crossroads in his life being a newly retired NFL player. It had an eclectic and quirky supporting cast which I really enjoyed, and I loved the scene setting here, it was so interesting and really made the book for me. This story doesn’t try hard because it doesn’t need to. It’s a very unique and ultimately refreshing read by a new author to me who I’ll probably pick up again just to see where he takes me.
Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMG Reads.
Although Frank worships San Francisco, he lives at the beach on another coast. Born on a windy day in November of 1966, he was elected President of his high school Spanish Club in the spring of 1983. After moving across these United States like a rapid-fire pinball, he now makes his home in a hurricane-proof motel, built in 1947, with superior water pressure. While he hasn’t met any dolphins personally, that invitation is always open.
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