I’ve inherited my aunt’s historic house in small-town Oregon, and I need to fix it up and sell it fast before I move on to my big-city dreams. I’m one of the navy’s best investigators, but twenty years of living in base housing means DIY isn’t part of my extensive skill set.
Luckily, my best friend has the solution: his twenty-three-year-old son. Knox recently graduated from college, needs a room for the summer, and comes with a giant cat and years of remodeling experience.
Not only is Knox all grown up and hot as sin, but I recognize him. He’s the bossy, bearded guy I shared the hottest kiss of my life with. No way can my buddy find out I’ve got it bad for his son. But with all the stripping, hammering, and drilling, my defenses crumble one dance break at a time.
As our sexy secret summer fling continues, Knox also proves himself handy at fixing my grumpy mood and wounded heart. Now I can’t imagine a future without him. I can solve any problem the navy throws at me, but I have no clue what to do about loving Knox or the damage this could do to my decades-long friendship.
Can we build a forever together, or are we destined to go our separate ways?
BRING ME HOME is a small-town Dad’s-best-friend MM romance. It features a forty-something grumpy former naval investigator, a much younger ray of sunshine, a matchmaking cat, sexy times in unusual locations, enough heat to burn the neighborhood, and a warm fuzzy hug’s worth of found-family feels. Dual point-of-view and big fluffy HEA guaranteed!
BRING ME HOME launches the brand-new Safe Harbor series from acclaimed author Annabeth Albert. Knox, Monroe, and the rest of Safe Harbor, Oregon, welcome readers to a historic town with a tight friend group, memorable secondary characters, quirky businesses, and long-held secrets. Each book stands alone with a fresh couple, but the background mystery of the town’s secrets ties the series together.
So I just melted into a puddle of goo. I blame Annabeth Albert. I’ve read every single one of her books and enjoyed them all. Navy SEALS, firefighters, security experts, you name it. But for some reason I feel like this one is starting a series that will be closest to her heart. Maybe I’m wrong. But it felt like it.
Small town Oregon, guys with 20 year friendships, their adult sons *wink wink* and a dilapidated house. How can you not love a town called Safe Harbor?
Monroe had previously only spent about a year and a half in Safe Harbor, living with his great aunt so he could finish high school while his Navy father was stationed in Guam. He created life long friendships there before he, himself joined the Navy. But now he is retired and owner of the old Victorian he lived in with his aunt.
Chance brought him together with Knox, chance also separated them before they could even exchange real names. (Oh thank you Ms Albert for not using nicknames throughout the book!) Until, surprise! Knox is actually the 23 year old son of his best friend from high school. Who he is still friends with. Sticky wicket there.
Knox ends up being volunteered by his father to move in with Monroe (!) to help him rehab the house to get it ready to sell. I’m sure you can see where this is going.
They fight the attraction until they give in. And while Monroe really doesn’t want to hide, being that he lived through DADT, he caves because it’s just for the summer.
So they strip wallpaper, and each other while pretending to just be friends. But they really do become friends, and more, as they get to know each other. Monroe quickly realizes that Knox is a grown ass man, not a kid like everyone seems to think.
Knox 100% had my heart. He was that guy. The one who would, and did, do everything for everyone. But no one seemed to think of him or his feelings. Except Monroe. Having him just get the validation that he was an adult, he could make his own choices, he could do what he wanted, from Monroe was everything.
We get some fun characters. Knox’s bosses- Frank and Leon. Coffee shop owner, Sam. High school friend and current college professor Holden. And a brief glimpse of former resident and completely broken human, Worth. And a fabulous cat named Wallace.
There’s also a murder mystery that Monroe and Holden are working on. A cold case that never seemed quite right. It was not solved in this book and I am assuming we will wait until book 3 for a resolution. I can do that. I can wait. I CAN WAIT. Kidding, kidding.
If you couldn’t tell, I really loved the book. The characters, their nuances and dare I say, their maturity. Too many times I am seeing these guys revert to their dumb teenager selves. But not here.
Read it. Fall in love with Knox, Monroe, Wallace and Safe Harbor.
Can I have book 2 now?
4.5 pieces of eye candy