Publisher : Self-published
Genre : Adult | Romance
Page Count: 221
Synopsis : Sea Port is a tiny southern town on the verge of collapse looking to entice people to move to the middle of nowhere and start life anew.
Mary Woods, stinging from her life as a failed academic, takes the opportunity by the reins and resettles in Sea Port to try her hand as a small town baker. A few days before the opening of her shop, Confections by Mary, she runs into small town cop, Miguel Santos, and small town fire chief, Billy Knox and there’s a whole lot of chemistry to go around.
Welcome to Sea Port, where the town baker, cop and fire chief fall heavily in lust. (From Goodreads)
*I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange of an honest review*
CW: explicit sex scenes, mentions of molestation and domestic abuse.
Guess who is a dumbass and forgot to get a quote out of the book while reading it yet again? ME! This is literally the story of my life when I get sucked into a book, I get carried away and forget about everything but READ READ READ!! Ah well, this isn’t a bad thing, it just goes to show how addicting and fun this story actually is.
The writing in this one is pretty good, it’s simple but also lively, the main characters’ voices shine through every and each one of the POVs and the author did a great job at separating them and giving them each a distinct personality that show through the narration. The one issue I had with it though is NOT a style issue, which as we’ve established, I actually enjoyed very much. It was an editing issue, and listen, I’m not too fussy about editing especially when it comes to self-published and indie books because they don’t have the same resources, but when there are so many typos and errors that it starts bugging me, I have to bring it up. It read very raw and unpolished and that bummed me out a bit.
My favourite part of the book is Mary, HANDS DOWN, she’s such a strong, fierce and confident woman. She uprooted her whole life in Academia as a professor because it made her miserable and decided to move to a small town in the middle of nowhere to open a little bakery and finally be happy and that’s something I admire so much. I loved how the message of the book was that it’s never too late to decide that your career path isn’t working for you and decide to change it for something that really brings you joy. Another thing I appreciated is how in control she was, she’s the one who approached the guys and suggested they all should date each other, including Santos and Knox (with each other) because she could see how in love with each other these two disasters were before they even did. She’s flirty, straight forward and goes after the things she wants.
Santos is pansexual (confirmed by the author), he’s stern and grumpy but so soft, he’s also direct and blunt, which works in his favor more often than not. He loves taking care of both Mary and Knox and he gives me all the warm fuzzy feelings. He’s level-headed and makes sure they don’t get carried away and actually take care of themselves and one another. Then we have Knox, he’s bisexual (in text) and the exact opposite of Santos. He’s like a ray of sunshine, outgoing and quick to laugh, that being said, he has a lot of baggage and I really appreciated how his trauma wasn’t a mystery or a source of conflict but it just *was*. It impacted him and shaped him as a person but it didn’t get the best of him.
There’s no way around it, this is SMUTTY AF, hella hot and sexy and I was 100% here for it. The tension between all three of them was so palpable and the chemistry so well done, I couldn’t help but cheer for them start to finish. The romance felt like the next natural step in Santos and Knox’s relationship and Mary was the missing piece, she fit right in to make it work out. They all communicate so much with each other and the banter and relentless teasing made me grin like the biggest fool. They just work so well.
Can we just appreciate how the conflict was external and they had to work TOGETHER to solve it? That being said, I felt like it was very rushed, I wish it was introduced earlier in the story and we had time to care about it enough before it got its resolution. Another thing that felt VERY rushed to me is the beginning. I think that it would’ve worked better if there was some build up to three of them getting together, because the first thing Mary basically said to them after she met them is that she wants to be with both of them at the same time, they could’ve been serial killers for all she knows. Oops.
A couple things that are worth mentioning before I wrap this review up, is the excellent discussion of police corruption, considering how Santos joins the police force and is very reluctant to do so at first because of how corrupt the system is. The other -very unrelated to my last point- thing that I want to mention is Mary’s best friends, THEY’RE SO GREAT AND SUPPORTIVE! We only got glimpses of them through phone conversations but I could already tell their separate personalities apart and I say they all need their HEA.
That’s it until next time.
Did you read From Scratch? If so, what did you think?
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.