Sunday, December 6, 2015

Review: The Deepest Blue by Christina Lee

Lee exchanges skyline for swampland in the next book of her male/male romance series, Roadmap to Your Heart.

Rugged and conventional Callum Montgomery enjoys running Shady Pines hunting preserve, except for the secret that’s eating him alive. When his sister brings a date for a family wedding, he can’t stand the arrogant city slicker with the stick up his perfectly fine ass. He doesn’t understand his draw to Dean, who pushes his buttons at every turn, but he’d never dream of betraying his sibling over some lust fueled fantasy.

Handsome and conscientious Dean Abbott is a research assistant in his university’s biology lab. When his roommate, Cassie, begs him to be her pretend date in front of her meddling family, he begrudgingly agrees to help. He doesn’t anticipate being enchanted by the countryside, the colorful cast of characters, or her sexy and brooding straight brother.

When contempt turns to passion and leads to stolen moments in a sugar cane field, Callum can’t help longing for the kind of connection he believes he can never have. But not even the world’s most heart-melting kiss can bridge the vast philosophical differences between the men.

Dean’s return to his urban lifestyle leaves him restless, his mind continually wandering to the charming setting that spoke to something missing deep inside him. Because you can take the city boy out of the country but you can’t make him forget the intriguing man he left behind.

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 What I thought about The Deepest Blue

When Dean agrees to escort his roommate Cassie back home for a family wedding, he has no idea what he's in for. Oh, he knows Cassie is being pursued by a neighboring family to join their businesses in some sort of marriage-merger and she's not interested -- but he's in for lots of surprises from Cassie's family.

Cassie's brother Callum helps the family run the Shady Pines hunting reserve. There's his father, two brothers and his grandmother all trying to keep the family business afloat. Callum is dedicated to his family, works hard, but he is living a lie. He doesn't feel comfortable revealing to his family that he's gay. He's ultra-sensitive to the impact that revelation might have on his family and their business. 

But when Dean shows up at Shady Pines, his carefully constructed life gets thrown for a loop.  There's an immediate attraction between Callum and Dean, although at the start it plays out with a lot of tension.

Callum and Dean are an unlikely pair, with Dean being a city-boy and all, and Callum keeping secrets. But these two just work so well together, and I loved the gradually falling-in-love between these two. It's sweet and sexy (and hot, hot, hot!)

There's a great supporting cast and intriguing secondary storylines to this as well. I loved the Montgomery family, especially how they worked the land and tried to keep the family business going.

This book kept me turning the pages until the very end and it's a lovely testament to making relationships work in spite of the challenges.

Everything in The Deepest Blue hit the right note for me.  This is definitely one of my favorite M/M titles of 2015.  Recommended. 

ARC provided for review

About the Author

Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys.

She’s addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

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