Review: “Coasting” By Yvonne Trent

TITLE: Coasting
AUTHOR: Yvonne Trent
SERIES: States of Love
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Brooke Albrecht
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 126 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 23, 2017
PRICE: $5.94 -e-book


What happens when you need something but don’t know what it is? Why not look in a place you never heard of?

Out and proud elementary school teacher Cal Hamilton thought he was happy in Philadelphia, but after a breakup, he steps back to reassess his life and discovers something is missing. He gets in his car and drives south with no idea what he hopes to find. The flip of a coin leads him to a small town in Mississippi—practically a different world from the city where he grew up.

Police officer Billy Labarre keeps his sexuality mostly to himself, but he knows just what he needs to fill the hole in his quiet small-town life: the right man. Unfortunately attitudes toward gay men still leave a lot to be desired in the rural South, and it’s hard to meet someone. It’s not likely his perfect match is just going to show up out of the blue….

This author has done a good job at writing the ultimate love story. This story is set in a small town in Mississippi where everyone knows everyone, and I could really feel this in the story. This author really focused on the process of falling in love and letting me really getting to know the characters. There is no angst or drama, just genuine love.

Cal is a teacher in Philadelphia and has recently ended a five-year relationship. He has decided to leave town and start a new life. He doesn’t know where he will end up but the flip of a coin sets his direction, and he ends up in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Of course, when he gets there and there are no hotels available. When he’s ready to move to the next town, he runs into the cop.

Billy is a police officer that loves his small town and loves keeping it safe. Not that there are ever any problems, but he loves it all the same. Then he runs into Cal and instantly feels connected to him. They begin talking, and Billy has this need to offer Cal a room to rent at his place and doesn’t think twice about it.

They start dating and start having butterflies dance in their bellies. They fall in love pretty much instantly. As this story does let you think this could happen, this is where some of my doubts come in. I had a hard time believing someone would have a stranger move right into their house and falling in love, but stranger things have happened. This story is a great ooshy gooshy love story with great family connections, as well as good friends. So, if you are looking for a low angst mushy kind of book, look no further. You have found it.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***


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