Eric Allen, thirty-three-year-old line cook, moved in with his grandmother, Jewell, after a disastrous coming-out when he was in middle school. She raised him, and he cared for her when she fell ill. When Jewell died, she left everything to Eric—angering his parents and older brother. The inheritance isn’t much, but Eric and his bestie, Nathan, pool their money and buy an abandoned hotel on an isolated stretch of the Central Oregon Coast. The hotel isn’t far from Lincoln City—a town with its own Pride Festival and named for a president—so they christen it Buchanan House after James Buchanan, the “confirmed bachelor” president with the close male friend.
Eric and Nathan need a handyman to help them turn Buchanan House into the gay resort of their dreams. Eric finds Tim Tate in the local listings, and over the months leading to opening weekend, Tim reveals himself as a skilled carpenter with many hidden talents. Eric falls hard for Tim, but before he can see a future with the gorgeous handyman, he has to get over twenty years of being bullied and shamed by his birth family. It would be much easier if Eric’s brother Zach wasn’t trying to grab part of the inheritance or ruin opening weekend.
Review: Eric Allen with his best friend Nathan work to create a gay friendly resort much to the dismay of Eric’s family who wish to interfere. The local handyman Tim helps fix the issues the house has while falling for Eric.
The beginning of the story leaves you wanting to know more. The author’s voice was distinctive and imaginative. By the end of the first chapter, I could not wait to finish the book. The world the author created was easy to picture in my head. The author’s writing helped convey a sense of place and time frame and pulled the reader into the story. The pace of the story was a very steady pace, not too fast or too slow. The characters were fascinating and electric. Both Eric and Tim were not perfect, each had faults. This make both of the more realistic and lifelike.
The point of view is third person mainly focusing on Eric. I would have liked to know more about Tim faster than we did. The main conflict of the story is Eric’s creating a gay resort while developing a relationship with the local handyman while dealing his family. The level of conflict while a bit complicated was a bit light. I would have liked a little more to the story than what was there. The dialogue between the characters was open and distinguishing. The characters voice seem to match not only the setting but the overall personality of the character. I would like to see this story turned into a series. Their seems to be many secondary characters that I would like to know more about.