Title: Third Time's the Charm
Author: K Evan Coles
Series: Boston Seasons #1
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: May 8, 2019
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Luke Ryan’s life is too chaotic for romance, what with running his business and being the legal guardian to his ten-year-old niece, but he’s hopeful he’ll find the right man.
Trauma surgeon Finn Thomason recently relocated from Chicago to Boston, where his focus on medicine leaves him little space for a personal life. Making a commitment to find a better work-life balance, Finn hopes he’ll also find a relationship.
Caught in an evening rainstorm, Luke shelters under a sidewalk awning…and encounters a handsome stranger. The two strike up a conversation and Finn offers to walk Luke under his oversized umbrella. Charmed, Luke accepts and asks Finn out for coffee in thanks.
Luke and Finn quickly grow close, but, as the summer draws to an end, Luke struggles to keep his connection with Finn while Finn tries to come to terms with caring for a man whose attention is pulled in many directions. Both men are scrambling to get it right, but only time will tell if they’ll learn there is more than enough room in their hearts to go around.
Third Time's the Charm is the third(coincidence if I ever heard one 😉😉) solo story by K Evan Coles that I've read. I love her co-written books with Brigham Vaughn and her solo holiday novellas have been keepers so I went in with probably higher hopes than one really should because that route often leads to disappointment. WELL! No worries there because Luke and Finn's journey is absolutely brilliant!!
My knowledge of Boston geography is strictly from what I've read in books and see on the screen but with Miss Coles' skill of scene description, I really felt that I was there, if I looked up I wouldn't see the neighborhood in my College View development here in River Falls, Wisconsin. I expected to look up and spy Finn walking to his next shift at the hospital or Luke and Simon getting coffee for the office on their lunch break. Now granted, some of that is the author's ability to connect the readers to the characters but scene settings are a huge factor in this one and K Evan Coles is a whiz at it.
Now I should mention that I don't normally rate my reads with any kind of checklist, its all about the enjoyment, the writing, the characters, and my hatred to see it end when the last page turns. Third Time's the Charm isn't really any different but to be completely 100% honest I have to admit that Luke and Ella's love of puns/dadisms got a solid bookmark as did the multiple fandom references such as Marvel and Star Wars. I enjoy Marvel and have been a lifelong devoted Star Wars nerd since I was 4 years old, so when I see them mentioned in a book I always get a little giddy and extra connected to the story so having both got a solid bookmark too.
K Evan Coles and I have been Facebook friends for years and I know some are probably saying "that's why she loves the book so much, of course she's going to have a favorable review" well just the opposite, being friends gives me the freedom to read with a brutally honest eye. If I had issues with the story, I'd tell you but the truth is Third Time's the Charm is a wonderful read with minimal but realistic drama and humor that helps lighten the tone. This is not a rom-com, there isn't that much humor but there is enough to make this a fun read that gives hope and realism to Luke and Finn's love story.
Just because I use the term "fun" doesn't mean I didn't want to shake Finn and Luke or knock their heads together a few times because I did. You need to have some tension, be it from misunderstandings or disagreements, otherwise you'd be reading a 12-page pamphlet instead of a full length novel. There were times I wished Luke was a bit more "put my foot down" with Ella but that would have caused a whole load of other dramas which I'm sure Miss Coles would have tackled excellently but this is the way the characters spoke to her and quite frankly I can't imagine Luke and Finn finding their HEA any other way(BTW: that's not a spoiler because as so often in romance its not the ending but the journey that keeps a reader hooked). Can't wait to see what else the author has in store for this Boston Seasons series.
K. Evan Coles is a mother and tech pirate by day and a writer by night. She is a dreamer who, with a little hard work and a lot of good coffee, coaxes words out of her head and onto paper.
K. lives in the northeast United States, where she complains bitterly about the winters, but truly loves the region and its diverse, tenacious and deceptively compassionate people. You’ll usually find K. nerding out over books, movies and television with friends and family. She’s especially proud to be raising her son as part of a new generation of unabashed geeks.
K.’s books explore LGBTQ+ romance in contemporary settings.
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