Author: Sue Brown
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 200 Pages
At a Glance: Sue Brown has become a go-to author for me when a nice, easy read, solid romance is in order. I totally recommend this book.
Reviewed By: Carrie
Blurb: Counselor Logan Wilde has a successful therapy practice in London, but when a traumatic incident there leaves him suffering from PTSD, he takes refuge in his holiday cottage on the Isle of Wight, unable to face going back to work. Not that he’s allowed to relax. Logan’s time is taken up with helping Liam Owens, plus there’s Nick Brent, whom Logan discovers collapsed on the beach. Nick and Logan spend their time bickering with each other, but that doesn’t alter the attraction they feel.
Logan is forced to make some hard decisions about his future, which entails facing up to recent events. Only he’s not alone—Nick is with him. Unfortunately someone else makes a decision too, and now trouble is on its way to the Isle of Wight.
Review: Island Counselor is the second book in the Island Medics series from Sue Brown. Each of these books is set on the Isle of Wight and have a delicious English overtone to them. I thoroughly enjoyed book one of this series, so I was anticipating book two and it did not disappoint—but then, I do love a good English romance with euphemisms galore. These books also play off of Sue Brown’s The Isle Series, with lots of overlapping characters and relationships. After all, it’s a small island but there sure are some sexy men who live there!
Logan Wilde is a therapist. Attacked by the husband of a patient, he now suffers from PTSD and does what he knows he shouldn’t and holes up on the Isle of Wight. He doesn’t want to talk or speak with anyone, and hasn’t told anyone where he is. Stumbling across a man who looks to be in pain while on his daily run puts him in the pathway of Nick Brent. Nick is healing from a horrible boating incident while working as a fisherman, and doesn’t want or think he needs help from anyone. The attraction is instant, though, and the banter is quick and witty between the two. This is a boyfriend at first sight story, as each of these men realize they need each other and can help the other heal. This is not an insta-lust or insta-love story, though, as that part of the relationship the author takes time to build. They may be boyfriends within 48 hours of meeting each other, but the sexual chemistry, while there and undeniable, is not the focus of their relationship. These men become inseparable, spending all their time together, and the relationship, while instantly comforting for both men, does continue on a winding journey to their HEA.
This book is clever and light, with very little angst despite the issues these men have to deal with. It is an easy read to a satisfying forever for these characters, and even though the book only encompasses just a few weeks, you get the feeling these guys will make it for the long haul.
Sue Brown has a knack for creating believable men in real life situations; they are more than just characters on a page. You know these men, they are your neighbors, your friends, or your wanna-be-not-just-book-boyfriends. I fell in love with Sue Brown’s writings with her Left at the Crossroad’s Series, and she has become a go-to author for me when a nice, easy read, solid romance is in order. I totally recommend this book. You do not have to read book one in the series to understand this one, but it does help with understanding some of the secondary characters and their place in the timeline. And besides, it’s a good book too.
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