Length: 308 Pages
They say you can’t go home again, Adam Klay doesn’t intend to until the death of his father, a famous artist, forces his return to Skagit, Washington. Cleaning up his father’s chaotic life was never on Adam’s bucket list. Worse, Adam finds himself inexplicably drawn to the elusive, terminally-clumsy, gorgeous, Micah Ryan. No way is he getting involved with someone from his hometown, he’s always insisted the best view of Skagit was in his rearview mirror.
Micah Ryan has been coasting on auto-pilot since his family was killed in a car accident a decade earlier. He runs a web business and has an irritable cat. He hardly leaves his house, unless it is for his afternoon espresso. His world tips upside down when Adam Klay rolls into town. For the first time in years, he feels alive. Unfortunately, Micah’s return to the living has been noticed and is not appreciated.
Someone has a secret. Someone is exploiting the vulnerable youth population in Skagit. Teenagers are disappearing, young women turning up dead, the dirty secrets of Skagit are surfacing.
Length: 224 Pages
Joey James has given up on finding his 'Prince Charming'. There is no such thing, he needs to be realistic about his chances of a lasting relationship. A chance encounter with a former school mate at the local grocery store changes everything-maybe. Before Joey can decide what to do about it, he is swept into a terrifying scheme. Forced into helping a dangerous stranger in exchange for his family's safety, Joey begins a perilous journey into the criminal underbelly of Skagit. He will do whatever is needed to protect his family.
Buck Swanfeldt had a secret crush on Joey James in high school. Social anxiety and a two-year age difference made it impossible for him to approach Joey then. Life since high school has been challenging. And lonely. Eight years later, fate brings them together and Buck decides to act. He utterly fails. He would have left it at that, except fate seems to be intent on pushing Joey in his direction, and clearly Joey needs someone at his back.
Dark, sordid secrets hiding in Skagit are bubbling to the surface, danger lurks in unexpected places. Buck has never been anyone's hero but something about Joey has him throwing caution to the wind. Together the two men take on a dangerous force greater than themselves. But sometimes our worst enemy is ourselves.
4 out of 5 stars
No Pressure is the second book in the Accidental Roots series. It would be best to read these books in order as the plot is continued from the previous book. I'll admit that I didn't read the first book but I also didn't feel lost while reading No Pressure.
Joey James and Buck Swanfeldt grew up in the same town and were a few years apart in high school. Joey left their small town to get his nursing degree in Seattle but came home when his dad's dementia progressed. Buck stayed in Skagit and took over his dad's garage after he passed away. While they have their small town in common Joey and Buck are very different. Joey is an outgoing, slightly flirty nurse who isn't quite sure that he wants the heteronormative lifestyle as a gay man. Buck, on the other hand, is slightly shy, and until he saw Joey James in the grocery store, he didn't think he would ever find someone who would make him want more in his life. Buck totally takes that chance when he sees Joey in the grocery store but because he's not sure of himself he lets it go.
Eventually things work to get Joey and Buck interested in each other and then finally dating. Along the way though, Joey gets blackmailed into helping a dangerous man's associate who's very ill. As he gets pulled further and further into his man's goings on, Joey turns more and more to Buck as someone he wants in his life. Things eventually come to a head with Joey, which almost ends with him being seriously hurt. Luckily it all works out and both Buck and Joey are safe and unharmed.
Obviously there is more to the plot than that, but telling too much of it would give away a large portion of the plot. This is a story that needs to be read and experienced as you read it, not by reading a review. So, yes, Joey and Buck have some very sweet times and a few seriously sexy times in the story and there are even a few points that may have you reaching for the tissues. Overall this was a decent story with really good characters, good secondary characters, a solid plot that was well-paced, and enough relationship storyline to make this a complete romantic suspense book.
You're going to have a tough time deciding who you like more between Joey and Buck. They're both really lovable, well-developed characters that you want all the happy endings to happen for them. While I didn't get a chance to read the first book in the series, I enjoyed this one enough that I will definitely read that one, and hope that the author has more planned for this series.
This is definitely a book, and a series, that you should add to your summer reading list.
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A graduate of Western Washington University, Elle has a BS in biology which taught her to be tenacious. The closest she has come to biology since then is having two kids. Like an experiment or something. She’s lived in four states (none of which were gaseous), London England, and Hong Kong; always knows what time it is, and has no problem finding parking even in the most difficult places. Cannot balance a checking account.
Elle's series Accidental Roots, mostly set in the Skagit Valley of Western Washington, will make its debut spring of 2017. Storm Season is tender, sometimes irreverent, full of nosy neighbors and help when the hero didn’t think he needed it. Writing has always been a passion but not something she was able to take seriously until recently. Now her head is full of ideas and not enough time in each day.
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