Publisher: Pride Publishing
Length: 58,300 words
Dublin Virtues Series
Love is love. But what if the fight for equality gets in the way of building a relationship?
Lorcan Barratt has never considered himself relationship material. After his parents made it perfectly clear they’d never welcome a partner of his into their home, he learned to love his own company and can’t imagine sharing his life with another. After a single passionate kiss with Eric Kavanagh—the night before he travels to Canada for three months—Lorcan’s no longer sure he wants to be on his own. The problem is, he has no idea what sharing his life with someone else might entail.
Eric Kavanagh grew up in a loving and supportive family and always assumed he’d end up in a committed relationship. Sure that he’s found the one, Eric doesn’t worry about the fact that Lorcan has no experience when it comes to love and relationships. They are good together, so what could possibly go wrong?
When both men get involved in the marriage equality referendum in Ireland, it appears to bring them even closer together until Lorcan’s insecurities get the upper hand and he shuts Eric out. Will the fight for a yes-vote cost them their relationship or will they be able to find a balance between the love they share and the need for equality?
After reading Patience I was very intrigued by and looking forward to Eric and Lorcan’s story and Helena Stone definitely delivered! I would definitely recommend reading Patience first since this book picks up where Patience ended and it would be good to know the other characters.
Eric and Lorcan shared some flirting and a hot kiss before he left for three months for work, but now he’s back and it’s time to see if that chemistry between the two men is real. I loved their reunion and seeing how their relationship grows. It’s not especially easy for Lorcan, never really having had a relationship and also not really expecting to ever be in one. He doesn’t think he’s right for that kind of thing but being with Eric makes him question that belief. Lorcan is incredibly passionate about equality and is something he is fighting for, and when Eric joins in with him the two get even closer. But Lorcan has major issues with his family and their lack of acceptance of him and as the vote for equality comes closer, those issues and his anxiety take hold.
Eric is a genuine, straight forward character who is just easy to love. I definitely saw him as the foundation here but as Lorcan struggles he certainly does too. He wants to support Lorcan and be there for him, but Lorcan has to learn that he can open up to him and have that communication. Their story isn’t overly angsty, but it definitely has feeling!
I really enjoyed this book, Lorcan and Eric did make my heart so very happy! I was rooting for them and the referendum! This story has a great mix of moments that touch your heart and make you smile. It also has a wonderful message of love and acceptance that Helena Stone delivers beautifully. I am already looking forward to more in this series.
*I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book for The Geekery Book Review.
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The urge to write came as a surprise. The realisation that people might enjoy her words was a shock to say the least. Now that the writing bug has well and truly taken hold, Helena can no longer imagine not sharing the characters in her head and heart with the rest of the world.
Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish Country side she divides her time between reading, writing, long and often wet walks with the dog, her part-time job in a library, a grown-up daughter and her ever loving and patient husband.
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