THIRST FOR YOU
A BEYOND THE COVE NOVEL
RELEASE DATE: 04.10.19
COVER DESIGN: CATE ASHWOOD
“What happens when thirst becomes an obsession that can’t be quenched?
Forty-year-old Zachariah Taylor prides himself on being the overprotective older brother of seven. He owns a successful bar, Zach’s Bar and Grill, in the quiet town of Riverside Falls and loves the life he’s built for himself. But as his siblings move on and find their forever partners in life, he’s starting to feel less and less needed—not to mention old. Suddenly, he’s finding it even harder to ignore the younger man who has pursued him for years, but the twelve years separating them is something Zach can’t seem to overlook.
Twenty-eight-year-old Drew Belford has been in love with the stubborn Zach Taylor for seven years. Sure, he was a kid when they’d first met, but what Zach is determined to ignore is the man Drew has become. Drew, however, is just as strong-minded and refuses to let Zach use their age difference as an excuse to disregard the attraction burning between them. He doesn’t need an overprotective older brother—he needs Zach.
When Drew begins to get unsettling messages from an unknown person, Zach feels helpless in a way he’s never felt before. How can he protect Drew from someone he can’t find? The thought of anyone hurting Drew unleashes years’ worth of pent-up desire Zach has had for the younger man. Is his thirst for Drew enough to protect him from the danger lurking in the shadows, or will the threat of the unknown be enough to dowse the spark of love between them—and silence Drew forever?
Warning – This book contains acts of violence which some readers may find disturbing.
Hearing the snickers around the room, Zach stood up and headed to the front door. As he walked out onto the steps, he asked, “So…what’s up? Something happen at the bar?”
Drew’s eyes narrowed for a second in confusion before growing wide. “Oh! The shipment didn’t come today. I didn’t know if you wanted to give Joe a call or if I should.” He ran his pink tongue across his plump, bottom lip, the skin glistening in its wake. Zach was grateful for the fact that only his face could be seen by Drew as he pressed the heel of his hand down on his erection. The kid was too damn sexy for his own good. Okay, so kid was pushing it. Drew was twenty-eight; the same age as Eli. The problem was…Drew was the same damn age as Eli. Zach was twelve years older, for fuck’s sake. But he couldn’t deny how gorgeous the guy was with his dark, short hair that was always perfectly styled, his bourbon-colored eyes, and those lickable, plump lips that were meant for—
“Hello? Earth to LumberZach.”
“How many times do I have to tell you to stop calling me that?” Zach growled.
“You know I’ll never listen. You should probably punish me.” Drew wiggled his eyebrows, and Zach could hear people in the background laugh.
Zach covered his face then ran his hand down through his beard. “Do you really have to say that shit where people can hear you?”
“No, I don’t. Your place or mine?” Drew winked, and the laughter next to him got louder. When Zach hung his head back in frustration, Drew said, “Relax. It’s just Grant and Lisa.” He shifted the camera to his right. “See?” Drew’s older brother Grant and his girlfriend Lisa waved, each with mocking grins on their faces.
“Your brother’s a pain in my ass,” Zach said to Grant as his friend continued laughing. Hell, it was Grant’s fault Drew worked at the bar to begin with. He’d only hired Drew as a favor to Grant, but in all fairness, that wasn’t why Zach kept the younger man on. Besides the fact that Drew was a hard worker and loved by the customers, Zach knew there was another—nope, don’t even go there. There’s no other reason you keep Drew around.
“You know,” Drew said, bringing Zach’s attention back to the phone screen, “you could be a pain in my ass. A delicious pain in my—”
“I’ll call Joe,” Zach replied quickly then disconnected the phone. “Jesus Christ.” Too bad he couldn’t get the guy to shut up by putting those alluring, full lips to good use.
Thirst for You is book 2 in the Beyond the Cove series and while it features several characters from the previous series and the first book of this one, it can be read as a standalone, which is what I did.
I absolutely adored Drew. He was such a strong, resilient character. I felt so bad for him, not only because of his not-quite-unrequited love for Zach, because of all he had to deal in this story. His reactions to everything were so realistic and believable and I just wanted to hug him and make it all better. Now, while I liked Zach, frankly I wanted to strangle him so many times during the first half of the book. He annoyed me to no end with his insistence that Drew would change his mind when Drew had been after him for 7-freaking-years already!!! Grrr!!! At least, he finally got his act together after learning of Drew’s stalker, and became the man that Drew deserved. Once that happened, I loved Zach and Drew together, they were so affectionate and loving, and it didn’t hurt that the sex scenes were hot, hot, HOT!
The stalker portion was well thought-out and had some twists that I didn’t really see coming, especially during the last 30% of the book.
Overall, this was a really good read! The suspense had my heart pounding, the romance had me both swooning and fanning myself (when I stopped being frustrated with Zach, LOL) and the sense of family and friendship among most of Zach and Drew’s friends and how most of them rallied to help when they needed it was amazing. I’ll be looking forward to more books in the series. Definitely recommendable!
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***
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