Tribute Act (Porthkennack #8) by Joanna Chambers

Nathan Bridges hadn’t intended to settle down in his home town of Porthkennack—he just ended up staying after saving the family business from ruin. The truth is, Nathan can’t stop himself from stepping in when problems arise. He’s a fixer, the man everyone turns to. But even fixers can’t solve everything.
When Nathan’s sister needs an organ transplant, it’s his stepbrother, Mack, who the family turns to as Rosie’s only potential living donor. Nathan’s curiosity about the stepbrother he’s never met turns to shock when he realises that Mack is his latest—and hottest ever—one-night stand.
Nathan and Mack agree to forget their single night together, but that’s easier said than done. When Mack moves in to Nathan’s place to recuperate after surgery, it’s not just the sexual tension between them that keeps growing. Against all the odds, and despite Mack’s wariness of intimacy, the two men grow close enough that Nathan begins to wonder what it would take to mend the rift that’s kept Mack and his father estranged for over a decade . . . and whether Mack might consider staying with Nathan in Porthkennack for good.
Every time I pick up a new book in this series, I think I found my favorite. The thing his, at 9 books in, I really don’t think I can pick just one. They all add a new layer to life in the small town of Porthkennack. Even though they can all easily be read as a standalone, every once in a while readers get a glimpse of previous characters. What’s even more fun is that since the books in the series are written by several different authors, those glimpses add even more layers.
Over the past several weeks, I’ve read a couple of books that involved relationships between family members that aren’t exactly related. Tribute Act was the first. Under other circumstances, this might have bothered me, but Nathan and Mack grew up not even knowing each other. I guess what I’m getting at is, don’t let the familial relationship turn you away from this one. There was so much more to this story than that.
I loved these guys. Nathan and Mack didn’t just jump into a relationship. I liked the slow burn, even though they had a previous encounter before they knew their connection to each other, they didn’t jump into anything. They came from incredibly different backgrounds, which was kind of sad because Nathan had everything Mack didn’t, including the love and support of Mack’s father. (Just a side note, I really didn’t like the guy…) I loved Nathan’s mom though and his sister was great. What she was going through gave her a totally different perspective than most kids her age.
The next book in the Porthkennack series is One Under by J.L. Merrow, who was the author who began the series with Wake Up Call. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for the next set of characters.

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