By not reading the first 2 books in the series, I feel that it put me at a disadvantage by jumping into the Buchanan House series with this book. From the beginning it felt like I just couldn’t put myself into this particular story, something was missing that kept me disconnected. That something was the relationships between all of the characters and how they each intersected with the other. I am positive that if I would have been able to start from the beginning it would have been much more enjoyable for ME. With that being said this review will focus on how the story was written without the emotional aspect of the story from me.
This book celebrates diversity in its characters. In a genre that is reliant on 6 pack abs and model perfection it was such a thrill to read about the everyday people that make up the GLBT population. It also deals with characters that have real life issues, from depression, lonliness, and self doubt. The story focused more on the groups of friends than on building the relationship between Nathan and Paulie. Nathan and Paulie was a slow burn, partly due to the fact that issues needed to be dealt with before a relationship could form to bring these 2 men together in each others lives as lovers.
I didn’t particularly care for the ending, it felt a bit too dramatic and didn’t keep in line with how the rest of the story was told. The storytelling was very much story and character based, you won’t find any riveting action or anything that jumps out at you so the action felt a bit off.
The story really was beautiful, Charley really has a knack for writing this type of storyline. I’m going to give this book a 4 star, not because I didn’t connect with it, as I started out telling you, but because I feel that the book needed a crutch, ie: the first couple of books that lent the support that this book needed to feel complete. I am going to recommend this series though, I think the story that Charley is writing is beautiful and I love the fact that the characters are so diverse and they feel as if they come from our everyday lives. This book isn’t a carry you away fantasy, it is just a well written piece of gay fiction.
Buchanan House: Book Three
Pride weekend is over, but for Nathan Lucas, the summer is just heating up. He appears to have it all. He’s tall and blond, ripped and handsome, and half owner of Buchanan House, a successful gay retreat on Oregon’s beautiful central coast. But his joie de vivre hides a fear of abandonment. When he was twelve, his mother had triplets, and instead of the cherished only child, Nathan became a scapegoat for his exhausted parents, and he has never truly dealt with that pain.
Portland chef Paulie Nesbitt is head over heels in love with Nathan. They’ve been drinking buddies with benefits for years, while Paulie has not-so-secretly yearned for more. Paulie’s extra pounds and self-doubt have kept him from acting on his feelings. Their friends know they would make the perfect couple, but Nathan and Paulie will have to let go of past insecurities if they want a future together.