Title: As Sure As The Sun (Accidental Roots: Four)
Author: Elle Keaton
Publisher: Self-Published/Kindle Unlimited
Length: 200 Pages
At a Glance: No FBI cases to be concerned about in this one, just a sort of quiet and passionate connection between Sacha and Seth. I have been invested in this series from the start, and the author has done nothing but kept me interested and entertained.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: The universe is trying to tell Sacha Bolic something. A fire escape collapses under him, he lands in crap, and a killer barely misses his target… all in the same few seconds. That’s on top of a long list of mishaps and job dissatisfaction. Not one to ignore signals when they’re shoved in his face, Sacha retires and uses his savings to buy an old building in Skagit, Washington. With a little help from DIY videos, he’s going to bring it back to its former glory. And, yeah, it’s a metaphor. If he makes one change, others will follow…
Seth Culver avoids entanglements, romantic or otherwise. Who needs them? He’s learned the hard way that people betray you or leave. Still, Seth finds people compelling. He kind of collects them, learning their secrets before letting them go their own way. His commitment to no commitments may have met its match in Sacha. Handsome and hot, Sacha seems to offer a permanence that scares Seth more than anything ever has. Seth will have to decide if he’s going to grab life by the balls or keep watching from the sidelines.
A box of inconsequential belongings hidden for decades in the old building hints at lives imagined but not lived, reminding them both there are no guarantees in love, or this thing called life.
A standalone in the Accidental Roots series, HEA, and lots of hot m/m.
Review: Retired US Marshal Sacha Bolic returns to the small town of Skagit, where he once worked undercover but is now investing his time and money in renovating old buildings such as the Warrick, a bank building built in 1899. He’s also hitting his forties—and knows it’s time for him to stop living in the closet and to start a new life. Maybe even to find someone to share his gruff and impatient personality with.
Seth Culver’s childhood wasn’t always a good one, but luckily, he was taken in by his wonderful and loving Aunt Marnie. And, it did leave Seth with the ability to read people. He moved to Skagit to try and find some type of a family connection, and ends up no only finding his half-brother, Adam, and Adam’s boyfriend, Micah, but he makes quite a few friends too. Seth is a really sweet guy, has a green thumb, and loves historic old buildings. But he’s afraid of opening his heart to anyone.
While working on his renovation, Sacha has a run-in with a ladder and needs some caffeine. He winds up at the Coffee Place, where Seth just happens to be exiting. Seth immediately becomes concerned with Sacha’s appearance, and takes him under his wing. When Seth takes Sacha back to the Warrick, he is absolutely taken in by the historic building, and as their personal connection grows, Seth makes it a point to stop by the Warrick to see the progress on the renovation. And to see Sacha. With the discovery of some hidden boxes, one in particular that holds an old book with the inscription, “To my dear Owen, may these words find you. TG”, it leads Seth on a journey to discover their identities.
Along with the renovation, and wanting to get to know Seth much better, Sacha finds himself in a sticky situation with his mischievous foster brother, Peter Crane. Sacha comes up with a shaky idea that will get him and Seth away from Skagit, but he’s not sure where it will lead.
Elle Keaton really surprised me with this fourth installment of the Accidental Roots series. As Sure As The Sun takes a different turn from the previous books, as there aren’t any FBI cases to be concerned about, and I had no idea that the storyline would bring Seth and Sacha together. They have a sort of quiet but passionate connection, and it was interesting how both their childhoods had so much conflict and insecurity. I really liked Seth’s determination to do as much as he could to find Owen and TG, and Sacha supported his determination in his own way. I could not see either Seth or Sacha being any different than the way they were created.
If you follow this series, Adam and Noah make an appearance along with many of the characters from previous novels, which is always fun and interesting. Of course, there’s a sprinkle of new characters too. The Owen and TG plotline was developed from a true story about Elle Keaton’s, Great-Uncle Owen, and she provides details with a Dedication at the end.
I have been invested in this series from the start, and the author has done nothing but kept me interested and entertained. I’ll be waiting patiently for Miguel’s story, unfortunately until Spring-ish 2018, and maybe a new character as well.
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