Something About Jace (Pineapple Grove #1)
Gallery owner Jace Townsend loves his tiny hometown of Pineapple Grove, deep in South Florida. His life is filled with sunshine, blue skies, jogging on the beach with his dog, and the greatest friends a guy could want. What more could he ask for? Love would be a great start. After his last relationship fell apart, Jace has begun to wonder if he’s ever going to find someone who would fit into his quiet life. Of course, the last person who would fit into his life is a major movie star. Trent Elrige is drowning. He’s constantly on the go from one movie obligation to the next. And after the last stalker got a little too close for comfort, Trent decides it’s time to take a step back and figure out what he’s doing with his life. Pineapple Grove seemed the perfect spot to hide for six months and figure out his future. He just wasn’t expecting to be tackled by love so quickly. But now that he’s found Jace, is he willing to risk everything he’s worked so hard for? And is Jace willing to walk away from his precious Pineapple Grove to be with Trent?

Something About Jace (Pineapple Grove #1) Details

TitleSomething About Jace (Pineapple Grove #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 28th, 2018
Rating
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Lgbt, Contemporary, Did Not Finish, Bisexual, Contemporary Romance, Animals, Dogs, M M Contemporary

Something About Jace (Pineapple Grove #1) Review

  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    I knew I wanted to read this book, from the moment I knew "Trent" was one of MC's. No that's a lie...I knew I wanted to read this when I found out who the authors were ;) I have enjoyed every single book in the " Unbreakable Bonds " and the " Ward Security " series, so it was a given, that I was gonna read this new series ;)Still, I was very curious about Trent's book, since I fell in love with him a little in Sadistic Sherlock. After reading this book...I am completely smitten !!This new series I knew I wanted to read this book, from the moment I knew "Trent" was one of MC's. No that's a lie...I knew I wanted to read this when I found out who the authors were ;) I have enjoyed every single book in the " Unbreakable Bonds " and the " Ward Security " series, so it was a given, that I was gonna read this new series ;)Still, I was very curious about Trent's book, since I fell in love with him a little in Sadistic Sherlock. After reading this book...I am completely smitten !!This new series is a little bit different than the other two. There is less "darkness" and (so far) it doesn't have much action. The overall feeling I got from it is... sweetness.Trent, world-famous movie star, is finally enjoying some much-needed vacation time in Pine-Apple Grove, where he gets plowed over by a very enthusiastic Golden Retriever. He is swept off his feet and not just by the dog...it's owner is doing a pretty good job as well ;)Jace is in shock when he finds out, that the man his dog ran over, is none other than Trent Elridge. But after the initial shock...it is mostly lust he feels...These two set off some major sparks and so they want to give being together a try. Trent finding out all the ins and outs of "gay" sex was delicious !! It was as HOT as it was sensual.But Jace is out and proud and Trent is famous and in the closet... So the question is, how will they make this work.I really enjoyed reading this one, it was all fluffy goodness !! There is some mystery in the background story, but nothing major. It was a very sweet and uncomplicated read...just what I needed right now.The reason I am not going for the full 5 stars here, is even though I love me some fluff from time to time, I love action and mystery just a bit more. It also felt like this book was a bit shorter than all the others.That said, I highly recommend anything these authors write...I am a fan ;) My reviews are posted on DirtyBooksObsession Follow Us on➦ 
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 20%Wow, it's been a long time since I was this bored with a story. I was yawning on the first page. Not a good sign. I thought the characters were all a bunch of uninteresting people. I mean, to start a book with a small business owner meeting is. so. not. interesting.And even when Jace and Trent met I was still so incredibly bored. I don't think this series will be for me.
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  • Renée
    January 1, 1970
    So much eye-rolling. DNF at 20%.
  • Gigi
    January 1, 1970
    Lots of fluff and hot sex. :)
  • haletostilinski
    January 1, 1970
    What a solid start to this new series by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliot. I love when these two write together, it always works so well. Something About Jace is about Trent Elrige - who featured briefly in "Sadistic Sherlock," who is a famous actor and had a stalker who Dominic stopped, and it was clear to Dominic that he wasn't 100% straight - going to South Florida to Pineapple Grove, a fairly small vacation town to have his own vacation for 6 months to get away from everything in his life a What a solid start to this new series by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliot. I love when these two write together, it always works so well. Something About Jace is about Trent Elrige - who featured briefly in "Sadistic Sherlock," who is a famous actor and had a stalker who Dominic stopped, and it was clear to Dominic that he wasn't 100% straight - going to South Florida to Pineapple Grove, a fairly small vacation town to have his own vacation for 6 months to get away from everything in his life at the moment, and it's there that he meets Jace Townsend while on the beach and Jace's dog Ripley crashes into him. It's all over from there for both of them. Even though Jace doesn't see who Trent is at first as Trent is wearing sunglasses and a hat, he is still drawn to Trent and agrees to a date (although he's not sure it's a date until he gets to Trent's that night) even without knowing who he is. He is shocked when he learns that he was talking to Trent Elrige earlier, but he does get over it pretty quickly as Trent is just himself and he's able to see him as a person and not just a famous actor pretty quickly.What follows is an incredibly cute, sweet, and romantic courtship - full with waiting to have sex and just hanging out and getting to know each other - and some really hot, sexy, passionate sexytimes once they do get to them. There were times in this it was a little slow for me, and then at other times there wasn't enough - like it skips ahead a few months or weeks here and there, and with a longer book I feel like they could have had more scenes - but it wasn't too detrimental to my overall enjoyment of this book. I do also wish we got to see (view spoiler)[them dealing with them finally being out to the world and dealing with that as a couple. We only got that happening at the end, so we barely got anything with how they dealt with it and such. (hide spoiler)]This does end with a great HEA that was incredibly sweet - and almost cliche - and just made go "aww" and maybe swoon just a lil' bit...but only a lil' bit ;) I was so happy to see Trent get his happy ending, and as we got to know Jace, him too. These two worked so well together and they just made me swoon. Their love and passion for each other was immense and I always love that when books get that across to the reader, how much the two MC's love each other.Definitely recommend. While this isn't as strong as their Unbreakable Bonds series (that has more of a story to it and one of my fave couples is from that series (Lucas & Andrei ftw!) and this is more just a story of romance with the plot being about the romance) it is definitely a fun and enjoyable read, with mostly fluff (and the angst that there is, is understandable) and a great couple. Sometimes you just need a fun romantic read with little angst and this provides that. Definitely enjoyed it a ton! ***ARC generously provided by the Alpha Book Club in exchange for an honest review.***
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  • Cadiva
    January 1, 1970
    From the minute he almost stole the show as a guest star in Dominic and Abe's Sadistic Sherlock I've been hoping we'd get Trent's book.Jocelynn and Rinda use it to kick off their new Pineapple Cove series set in sunny Florida and it's a great introduction with a new set of characters to fall in love with.They even manage to add in a bit of suspense with a secondary subplot involving art vandalism which ties in with Trent's love interest Jace's sister.And speaking of Jace, he was a sweetheart an From the minute he almost stole the show as a guest star in Dominic and Abe's Sadistic Sherlock I've been hoping we'd get Trent's book.Jocelynn and Rinda use it to kick off their new Pineapple Cove series set in sunny Florida and it's a great introduction with a new set of characters to fall in love with.They even manage to add in a bit of suspense with a secondary subplot involving art vandalism which ties in with Trent's love interest Jace's sister.And speaking of Jace, he was a sweetheart and just the right person to spark Trent's interest and to allow the global superstar movie actor the freedom to be himself.The tension in this is all relatively low key, concentrating on the relationship and the impact on Trent's career when he comes out as bisexual. It was handled with ease by these two talented authors and felt organic and not there just for the plot.The sex is, as expected with these two, volcanic. I'm sure they deliberately seek ways in which they can get us dedicated fans of theirs to shout out loud in joy! This book is no exception and the chair and mirror combo in this one rocketed to the top of the list of seriously sexy times!I've five starred this one, as I have most of their books, because it was a read in one go and I finished it at 3am this morning and loved every bit of it :)#ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet read but I wasn’t a fan of Trent at all. I couldn’t warm to his character and just couldn’t get into the vibe. Jase was all things cute and his friends were great. This book was a solid halfway for me.
  • BWT (Belen)
    January 1, 1970
    Trent Elrige, a smoking hot Hollywood A-lister has come to quiet Pineapple Grove, a historical neighborhood in Delray Beach, Florida, for some much needed rest and relaxation. Trent isn't expecting to meet anyone, but when he runs into Jace Townsend sparks fly.Jace loves his quiet life in beautiful South Florida where he spends most of his time with his sister, friends, and in his art gallery. But when Jace falls for Trent big questions come into play about how happy the two can be in the spotli Trent Elrige, a smoking hot Hollywood A-lister has come to quiet Pineapple Grove, a historical neighborhood in Delray Beach, Florida, for some much needed rest and relaxation. Trent isn't expecting to meet anyone, but when he runs into Jace Townsend sparks fly.Jace loves his quiet life in beautiful South Florida where he spends most of his time with his sister, friends, and in his art gallery. But when Jace falls for Trent big questions come into play about how happy the two can be in the spotlight.With a dual POV the reader gets to know both characters well. Something About Jace is a totally sweet, low angst, meet-cute romance between a star and a normal guy with lots and lots of (dare I say too much?) sex, and a happy ending. My only complaints are I felt like it had too many time jumps and a mystery thread was tied off and then just never mentioned again, which I found kind of odd.On the whole it's a cute book with great characters, I thought it represents the area setting well, and it's got a great set up for a series. I'll definitely check out book #2 when it's released.Advanced Review Galley copy of Something About Jace provided by the authors in exchange of an honest review.This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.
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  • Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t know if my expectations were just too high, but I find it hard to believe that these are the same authors of the Unbreakable Bonds series. This book bored me. I felt no connection to either MC. I didn’t believe in their relationship. The sudden about face to allow resolution was completely unbelievable and eye roll inducing. I can’t believe I finished.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThis is a cute read featuring Jace, who is a small town business owner and Trent, the movie star we met in Ward Security series. In the beginning, when we were introduced to a bunch of Jace's close friend, I felt a bit overwhelmed and find it hard to keep track with everyone, but as the story went on, I start to appreciate his circle of friends who always have each other back. Trent was on a summer vacation and met Jace by a chance encounter by the beach. The way they get together seems 3.5 starsThis is a cute read featuring Jace, who is a small town business owner and Trent, the movie star we met in Ward Security series. In the beginning, when we were introduced to a bunch of Jace's close friend, I felt a bit overwhelmed and find it hard to keep track with everyone, but as the story went on, I start to appreciate his circle of friends who always have each other back. Trent was on a summer vacation and met Jace by a chance encounter by the beach. The way they get together seems too easy, they have this mutual attraction from the first meeting and subsequently planning for a date night on the same day. The problem they faced down the road was how to overcome the fact that Trent is a famous person and not even out of the closet.I find the relationship development plot here isn't too engaging, my main concern is to see how Trent will come out and how will their future pan out. Jace seems too settled in his small town life and Trent is a jet setter. How will their life merge together? Overall, I find this is a cute summer romance, but what I'm interested more now is Wesley and a certain hotel magnate! I'm very much looking forward to it, enemies to lovers is my favorite troupe!
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  • Joyfully Jay
    January 1, 1970
    A Joyfully Jay review. 4 starsSomething About Jace opens the new Pineapple Grove series by authors Drake and Elliott and it was a nice introduction to this small Florida town and its cast of characters. Jace owns one of the art galleries in town and the other small business owners make up his circle of friends. The authors offer a warm set up for Jace and Trent, the town, and stories still to come.Trent made an appearance in the authors’ previous book, Sadistic Sherlock, but you could certainly A Joyfully Jay review. 4 starsSomething About Jace opens the new Pineapple Grove series by authors Drake and Elliott and it was a nice introduction to this small Florida town and its cast of characters. Jace owns one of the art galleries in town and the other small business owners make up his circle of friends. The authors offer a warm set up for Jace and Trent, the town, and stories still to come.Trent made an appearance in the authors’ previous book, Sadistic Sherlock, but you could certainly start here at the opener of this new series. This was a quiet book with little angst and little tension. Trent arrives in the town of Pineapple Grove looking for a break from his hectic Hollywood life. He runs into Jace, or rather Jace’s dog, and the men easily fall into a rhythm. Trent has no experience with men, with the exception of that one guy in high school, and Jace is trying to get back out there after a breakup. But Trent cannot be out and have a career, so he asks Jace to keep their relationship a secret.Read Michelle's review in its entirety here.
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  • JenMcJ
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. I liked this start to a new series better than the Ward Security spin off mess. I think getting away from the Unbreakable universe was helpful to the creativity of this book. Both Jace and Trent are likable, the plot isn't a mess of convoluted, unexplainable behavior and both men have enough time together to really get to know each other which makes the big, over the top, grand gesture acceptable even if I think Trent, as written, would not have done things that way. Good start. Looki 3.5 stars. I liked this start to a new series better than the Ward Security spin off mess. I think getting away from the Unbreakable universe was helpful to the creativity of this book. Both Jace and Trent are likable, the plot isn't a mess of convoluted, unexplainable behavior and both men have enough time together to really get to know each other which makes the big, over the top, grand gesture acceptable even if I think Trent, as written, would not have done things that way. Good start. Looking forward to the next one.
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars.Well, the authors said this was a different kind of story than those oh the Unbreakable Bonds series and compared to those books, it’s positivly fluffy. Not so fluffy that it wasn’t a pleasurable read offering enough substance to keep it interesting. Jace is content in his smallish coastal Florida city, measuring his days by the cycle of tourist season. A-list actor Trent is tempted into dating Jace after years spent hiding his bisexuality, never being with any men since high school. T 3.5 Stars.Well, the authors said this was a different kind of story than those oh the Unbreakable Bonds series and compared to those books, it’s positivly fluffy. Not so fluffy that it wasn’t a pleasurable read offering enough substance to keep it interesting. Jace is content in his smallish coastal Florida city, measuring his days by the cycle of tourist season. A-list actor Trent is tempted into dating Jace after years spent hiding his bisexuality, never being with any men since high school. They start off at a slow pace but once they hit the sheets, their feelings develop too. Of course, they never really discuss anything about the future, even when Trent gets past his fear of coming out just enough to tell a few people, including Jace’s friends. The non-discussion, non-talking device is always one that annoys me and the result follows a too predictable path. Extra interest in the story comes from introducing Jace’s circle of friends as characters, defining the dynamics between them all, plus descriptions of the setting along the east Florida coast. There’s just a hint of a mystery and trouble for Jace providing some excitement. It’s also a catalyst for some of the relationship progress that Jace and Trent make. I do wish I’d felt more invested in Trent and Jace as a couple. The ending is more of an HFN and although nothing is left hanging from the plot, the ending is rather abrupt. I expected something smoother with more of an epilogue feel or perhaps more of a hint of the book to come. Maybe I’m comparing it too much to the series the authors co-wrote and both of the solo books they each just wrote. I’ll certainly read the next book but I’m hoping to feel more spark from it.
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  • Sanaa ☆ Sanaa's Book Blog ☆
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars A bit predictable but a cute story! Find me on: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Blog
  • Claude
    January 1, 1970
    Can we talk about this cover? OMG. HOT HOT HOT.
  • ~Kristin~
    January 1, 1970
    4 StarsI rather liked this story, I’ll admit it was a bit of a slow starter for me, but once I felt the couple click I was all in. I’m a sucker for the Hollywood A-lister falling for an everyday, but genuine person, I mean a SUCKER!However, I am not a huge fan of storylines that play the whole “secret” game. (view spoiler)[ It makes one half of a the couple feel like they have to keep their entire relationship, and existence in this case, a secret. I understand with being a huge celebrity wantin 4 StarsI rather liked this story, I’ll admit it was a bit of a slow starter for me, but once I felt the couple click I was all in. I’m a sucker for the Hollywood A-lister falling for an everyday, but genuine person, I mean a SUCKER!However, I am not a huge fan of storylines that play the whole “secret” game. (view spoiler)[ It makes one half of a the couple feel like they have to keep their entire relationship, and existence in this case, a secret. I understand with being a huge celebrity wanting to have something for themselves because everything in their life is so scrutinized and devoured by the public, but after building something real, it all turns into a dirty secret. I’m not a fan of this plot...it makes my stomach turn....The resolution here was a bit OTT for me, but I do love this couple and my heart did swoon a bit. (hide spoiler)]All in all, I did get over most of my issues, and I loved Jace and Trent. The whole circle of friends in Pineapple Grove were fabulous, especially Wesley. I want him at the top of my phne tree, and luckily he is the focus of the next book. I would feel remiss if I didn’t mention the beautiful Ripley, I love golden retrievers and she was such a sweetheart loving Jace, best part for my dog loving heart.
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    3 stars just for the hot sex but otherwise super sappy & devoid of emotion.
  • *~*~*Hyperion & Interabang*~*~*
    January 1, 1970
    True rating ---->>> 2.75 stars!! I rounded up because the first 80% of the book was great and I was pretty engaged! BUT, things started to unravel nearing and after that point ... so many things didn't make any sense, some ends really needed tying up, there really wasn't much of a resolution to questions posed, and it all felt very rushed and to be frank, a bit ridiculous, just for the sake of resolving everything quickly! I got a bit of a whiplash from the double-take at how things wer True rating ---->>> 2.75 stars!! I rounded up because the first 80% of the book was great and I was pretty engaged! BUT, things started to unravel nearing and after that point ... so many things didn't make any sense, some ends really needed tying up, there really wasn't much of a resolution to questions posed, and it all felt very rushed and to be frank, a bit ridiculous, just for the sake of resolving everything quickly! I got a bit of a whiplash from the double-take at how things were wrapped up and again, it felt rushed, abrupt, and was sorely in need of an epilogue!OH and yeah, this could do with another run-through with an editor as well (due to some minor typos and inconsistencies)!! I ONLY rounded up to 3 stars because it WAS a sweet and cute story, but I felt like the ending was sacrificed for the sake of reaching a quick and convenient ending; it felt like at some point the authors either just lost interest or gave up, and just wanted to wrap things up quickly but conveniently!! Meh, the last 20% was VERY underwhelming!!I WILL keep an eye out for Wes and Nathan's story though, because that should be intriguing, but I'm glad I was wary enough to just borrow this from Kindle Unlimited, and remain so! I'll borrow the next one too!! Thank goodness for KU!!Based on what I've seen of Rinda's writing in her own book (and how unimpressed I was; it was okay but it wasn't GREAT), I'm thinking it's Jocelynn's writing that might just have the magic and it's HER writing I'll be looking out for!!! I'll give the benefit of the doubt to Rinda as well though, we shall see if she redeems herself in her next solo book! Maybe, perhaps, we shall see!!But yeah, I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for Jocelynn Drake :-D!!I have ALL the books in the two series these two authors co-wrote, which I've heard truly wonderful things about and know I will ABSOLUTELY ADORE, so I'm excited for those! I'm expecting the books in those two series to be SUPER AMAZING!!! I want the books to be phenomenal (and I heard there'll be at least 2 more books for each of those series, so that's terrific)!!IN the meantime, I'm withholding permanent judgement on this series until I read at least the 2nd book! So again, we shall see!!
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Action! Movie star A-lister Trent from Ward's Security is back, and he's on vacation. Trent's never had a Mr. Right, not even a Mr. Right now. With his insane acting career, he's never felt he could risk coming out to the public as a bi man, until he meets Jace. We have a new cast of characters in Drake and Elliot's fictional sandbox, this time in the little beach town of Pineapple Grove, Florida.We still have a bit of intrigue, in the form of an art vandal, but it's a very minimal plotline. Thi Action! Movie star A-lister Trent from Ward's Security is back, and he's on vacation. Trent's never had a Mr. Right, not even a Mr. Right now. With his insane acting career, he's never felt he could risk coming out to the public as a bi man, until he meets Jace. We have a new cast of characters in Drake and Elliot's fictional sandbox, this time in the little beach town of Pineapple Grove, Florida.We still have a bit of intrigue, in the form of an art vandal, but it's a very minimal plotline. This book is more fluffy and romantic like volumes 1,2, and 4 of Ward Security -- still absolutely worth the read, but not quite hitting that fifth star for super reader hangover. Drake and Elliot remain two of my favorite authors in the genre.
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  • Jenny Wood
    January 1, 1970
    Can we just take a moment of silence for the hot guy on the cover? Just maybe to appreciate him, and objectify him a little bit. K, thanks for that. So, I am undeniably a fan of these two author’s, as well as their Unbreakable Bond & Ward Security series’. In this one though, we have Trent, who you may remember from one of said series’, but I’m going to be honest, I don’t remember which one. That’s okay though, you don’t need to, as it isn’t really a spin-off, but instead an awesome start to Can we just take a moment of silence for the hot guy on the cover? Just maybe to appreciate him, and objectify him a little bit. K, thanks for that. So, I am undeniably a fan of these two author’s, as well as their Unbreakable Bond & Ward Security series’. In this one though, we have Trent, who you may remember from one of said series’, but I’m going to be honest, I don’t remember which one. That’s okay though, you don’t need to, as it isn’t really a spin-off, but instead an awesome start to a new series. So, Trent is a movie star, and now… if you’re like me… the movie star, rock star, billionaire- oh-powerful person meeting the quirky nobody from small town USA isn’t usually my thing. It’s just so unrealistic to me.. I like blue-collar, everyday, real-world problems kinda guys.However, I adored Trent. Taking six months off to figure out what he wants in life…he goes to Pineapple Grove and rents a house on the beach, knowing that no one would suspect him there. He’d have privacy and time to decide his next move. He’s lonely with his busy schedule and nobody to come home to, but he’s also struggling with the fact that he’s bisexual and what that could mean to his career. It hasn’t been an issue until now, because in a very Hallmark movie kinda way, he meets Jace. Jace who owns his own art studio where he sells local art, as well as his sister’s, was running on the beach with his dog…. (Of course, there’s a dog) who literally runs right into Trent. Not knowing who he is, the two start chatting and there are sparks and flirty smiles and a cute puppy… SCORE! So, one asks the other out, and the rest, as they say, is history. Getting to know one another was cute, that part was realistic in the fact that as you would expect, they have to keep their dating a secret, not only because no one knows that Trent is bi, but because he honestly wants to protect the anonymity of Jace as well. With someone targeting his sister’s artwork and defacing her murals from around town, he’s got enough on his plate than having to worry about paparazzi and everything that comes with dating Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor. So, I appreciated that and it only made Trent more charming. You could tell the situation wasn’t ideal, and it never felt like he was trying to keep Jace a secret or using him in any way… he genuinely cared for him and he was stuck between a rock and a hard place too.Through it all though, Jace has such great friends and family… They were all so accepting and supportive of Jace and eventually Trent, that even when they were being pushy and nosy, you could tell they loved him and just wanted him happy, and of course I wasn’t disappointed in that ending… ALL the feels!! I hope we get to see so much more from them… All of them actually, I’m so excited for Wesley! I will say that I was a little surprised that this one wasn’t as action-packed and life-threatening as the other two series I mentioned before. There are no dangerous situations where someone could get killed, though the troublemaker was easily figured out the second they popped up on page. I still wasn’t disappointed at all. It was a nice change of pace and I enjoyed the slow pace and genuineness of it. Can’t wait for more! 4 stars from me!
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    This was a nice first book to this series. Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliot keep on making good stories! In this one we see Trent Elrige who we met in Dominic’s books, “Sadistic Sherlock”. He is a famous actor and has now reached a point where he needs to sit back and find out how he wants to proceed in his life as he is starting to feel lonely and wanting to find someone special.Jace Townsend is sweet and most of his friends have been finding love, and he is kinda jealous about that. Ever since This was a nice first book to this series. Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliot keep on making good stories! In this one we see Trent Elrige who we met in Dominic’s books, “Sadistic Sherlock”. He is a famous actor and has now reached a point where he needs to sit back and find out how he wants to proceed in his life as he is starting to feel lonely and wanting to find someone special.Jace Townsend is sweet and most of his friends have been finding love, and he is kinda jealous about that. Ever since he broke up with his ex, he’s been lonely. So when he meets Trent, at first he has no idea who he is but quickly finds out when they go on a date. But that doesn’t stop him from liking Trent and wanting to spend all his time with him. Their relationship starts instantly in this one. They want to be together but they can’t because Trent is scared to come out and is afraid how that will affect Jace’s life. They have six months to figure that out but when the time comes they are unprepared.Mixed in all this is also a little bit of mystery. Which is resolved fast and easy. And I loved all the characters in this one and boy where they plenty. I can’t wait to find out more about them! My issues personally with this was that it happened fast and considering Trent is famous that he’d be a bit hesitant when meeting someone. The mystery just didn’t feel like it fit in this, I wonder why the authors put that in, maybe something for future books? The six months that passed felt too fast, I just wanted a bit more! Overall it was good and I am excited for the next book.
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  • Valerie
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this story. Trent is in Pineapple Grove to get away and get himself together after a stalking issue in a previous book. When he is barreled over by Jace's dog, he asks Jace out. Jace didn't recognize Trent at first, but when that night, Jace realized who asked him out. I like how it didn't matter to Jace that Trent was a famous actor. While there was plenty of time for the men to get to know each other and the scenes they have together prove they are perfect for one another, the I really enjoyed this story. Trent is in Pineapple Grove to get away and get himself together after a stalking issue in a previous book. When he is barreled over by Jace's dog, he asks Jace out. Jace didn't recognize Trent at first, but when that night, Jace realized who asked him out. I like how it didn't matter to Jace that Trent was a famous actor. While there was plenty of time for the men to get to know each other and the scenes they have together prove they are perfect for one another, the only complaint is that there are some unnecessary time skips that leave you wanting more relationship development. Overall, it's a great story with great characters and a HEA that made me smile.
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  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    Mmmm... OK. I didn't hate it (that's a lot). But I don't see any reason to love it either. I think I'm just so very over the whole m/m romance thing. I need a true plot or at least well built deep characters and feelings to care anymore.If you are searching for some m/m romance that doesn't falls on horrible tropes such as: women are horrible, rape, abuse, men that are clearly playing the role of a woman... This is a good one. Both are likable male humane characters.
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  • Earlyn
    January 1, 1970
    Jace and TrentIt's a good 4.5stars. Trent and Jace makes an adorable couple. However as with new couples, there is always something to work through. Trent is a big Hollywood star who is having some down time in a quiet town. Jace has his own business, so you could imagine the dynamics of trying to make a relationship work. Especially when Mr. Hollywood was not out and the down time was coming to an end.
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  • Em
    January 1, 1970
    This was a nice and sweet story albeit a tad boring.
  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Thoroughly enjoyed this first book in a new series from Jocelyn Drake and Rinda Elliott. I am a huge fan of their Unbreakable Bonds and Ward Security series so I was looking forward to this book which is a bit of a departure for them. No evil villains (though there is a vandal and reference to a ruthless developer who will be an MC in book two), no explosions or fires (though there is a B & E), and no duct tape!This book takes place in sunny Florida and introduces an interesting cast of char Thoroughly enjoyed this first book in a new series from Jocelyn Drake and Rinda Elliott. I am a huge fan of their Unbreakable Bonds and Ward Security series so I was looking forward to this book which is a bit of a departure for them. No evil villains (though there is a vandal and reference to a ruthless developer who will be an MC in book two), no explosions or fires (though there is a B & E), and no duct tape!This book takes place in sunny Florida and introduces an interesting cast of characters, several of whom will obviously be subjects of future books. The characters are quirky and the tone here is lighter, something the author’s handle perfectly. (The transition doesn’t always work well in my experience.) The main characters here are Jace, an art gallery owner and Trent, a movie superstar (who actually appeared in an earlier Ward Security book as a protectee.) The characters develop nicely through the book though there isn’t much back story for them. The main conflict here in terms of character development comes via the relationship...Jace is out and proud while Trent is closeted. Their relationship is pretty much conducted behind closed doors until the outside world in the form of Trent’s career comes crashing in and creates the crisis point.The story arc moves along well though there were a couple spots I thought dragged a little...some better editing choices would have helped. (I’m not really sold on the vandalism plot.ine. I don’t think it added anything to the story.) A couple copy editing/proofreading errors were in evidence however I had an ARC so perhaps those have now been remedied. I’m a big fan of epilogues that tell us where the characters are at some point down the road but this book doesn’t have one which is disappointing.The book delivers humor, snark, angst, anxiety, the desire to punch someone and a loveable Golden Retriever. What more could you want? I’m looking forward to book two in the series.
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  • Kirstin
    January 1, 1970
    Jace Townsend lives in Pineapple Grove, FL where it's warm most of the year. During the winter season the population doubles, so being a business owner means winter is his busy season. He's got a fantastic group of friends/business owners, but he's been gun shy in the romance department since his ex moved a year ago.Trent Elrige is an A-list movie star who needs a well earned break. He's decided to spend six months in Florida where he's going to hole up in a beach house and do nothing. That only Jace Townsend lives in Pineapple Grove, FL where it's warm most of the year. During the winter season the population doubles, so being a business owner means winter is his busy season. He's got a fantastic group of friends/business owners, but he's been gun shy in the romance department since his ex moved a year ago.Trent Elrige is an A-list movie star who needs a well earned break. He's decided to spend six months in Florida where he's going to hole up in a beach house and do nothing. That only lasts a couple of days before Jace's dog Ripley runs into him.There were so many sweet little moments in this story that had me awwwing. There were also a few hot moments as well. I loved the characters in this. There was a huge group of friends that were so involved and supportive and I'm excited to get to know them all a bit more in the rest of this series. Trent was not what I had expected out of a movie star. He was truly down to earth and unassuming and so cute. His personality was a bit shy, but funny and he had the best pillow talk. Jace was the perfect match for him in every way. This ended on a great HFN, but nothing was really nailed down, which left me with some questions. Like, what happens to the art gallery six months out of the year? Why did it take so long for the 'perp' to strike again? I'm hoping to find out the answers in the next book. And I'm excited to read more about these characters.* Galley copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Cross posted at http://gaybook.reviews/ *
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Note: An ARC was provided by the authors via IndiGo Marketing & Design. The full review can be read on Dog-Eared Daydreams.Like Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott's other books as a writing duo, there's an element of mystery and suspense in this book, but not necessarily at the same heightened level as those found in their Unbreakable Bonds and Ward Security series. The heart and heat that I've come to recognize as patented Drake and Elliott is still very much there, alongside the witticisms I Note: An ARC was provided by the authors via IndiGo Marketing & Design. The full review can be read on Dog-Eared Daydreams.Like Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott's other books as a writing duo, there's an element of mystery and suspense in this book, but not necessarily at the same heightened level as those found in their Unbreakable Bonds and Ward Security series. The heart and heat that I've come to recognize as patented Drake and Elliott is still very much there, alongside the witticisms I love. While their first two series are very much entwined--although they can be read separately, but then I'm going to highly encourage you to read them in order and do yourselves the favor of basking in the awesomeness of Drake and Elliott's writing plus all the fantastic men you'll be meeting along the way--I suspect that Pineapple Grove will have far looser ties, if I'm basing it solely on Trent and Jace's book. If you've never read anything by these two (insert shocked gasp here), this latest release from them is as good a place to start as any, and I'm saying that not simply because I'm a fangirl of this writing partnership, but because it's difficult not to be drawn into the tales they weave. Like Something About Jace, there's just something about Drake and Elliott's storytelling that entices and then elicits such a loyal but deserved fan following. Five-plus stars. ♥
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  • Christina Wade - BFD Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I had no idea the Trent in this book was the Trent from the Ward Security series…so I was pleasantly surprised when I made the connection. You do not need to read any of the previous books to read this one, but I highly recommend both that series and the Unbreakable Bonds series by these authors. This duo is an auto-read for me.This is fluffier and different than what the authors have written but I liked it…predictability and all! There was the hint of a bit of mystery but that was solved quickl I had no idea the Trent in this book was the Trent from the Ward Security series…so I was pleasantly surprised when I made the connection. You do not need to read any of the previous books to read this one, but I highly recommend both that series and the Unbreakable Bonds series by these authors. This duo is an auto-read for me.This is fluffier and different than what the authors have written but I liked it…predictability and all! There was the hint of a bit of mystery but that was solved quickly and without any of the Ward Security characters which I kind of suspected so that was a nice surprise. Both characters are pretty awesome. Jace has made himself a great life in this sleepy little artsy town where all the northerners flock in the winter. He’s become a bit comfortable. Trent is at the top of his career but needs a break from the stress and his schedule. They have great sexual and emotional chemistry. There is nothing new or earth-shattering here, just plain and simple romance that I really liked and needed right now. As I’ve come to expect with the collaborations from these two, this is more of a plan for the future HFN so I’m guessing we’ll see more of these two in the future. This is a good start to a new series with a large cast of interesting characters that I can definitely recommend diving into!
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome start to a new series. Before I even finished the first chapter I was in love with the fresh, fun and sunny atmosphere. These two authors are a 1-click for me and this is just another example why. We loved meeting Trent in 'Sadistic Sherlock' as the hot actor, here we get to see behind the Hollywood smile to a deep sadness of being trapped, not being able to be a normal person and free to date without worry. He needs to be brave and accept himself to be happy. His first meeting with Jace Awesome start to a new series. Before I even finished the first chapter I was in love with the fresh, fun and sunny atmosphere. These two authors are a 1-click for me and this is just another example why. We loved meeting Trent in 'Sadistic Sherlock' as the hot actor, here we get to see behind the Hollywood smile to a deep sadness of being trapped, not being able to be a normal person and free to date without worry. He needs to be brave and accept himself to be happy. His first meeting with Jace on the beach was adorable and kicked started this journey, their connection is immediately and the passion is out of control hot! Jace is a small town guy who is sweet and just makes you smile. He needs to take a change to see what more is out there for him. I loved seeing these two mix their very different lives into something more, plus one adorable dog Ripley and I was hooked. With this new series of course we also get great side characters (Morgan/Dan, Ariel/Tasha, Lincoln, Jamison, Jackie, Wesley and Rick). I immediately want to know more about them as soon as we meet them because they are so intriguing. Loved seeing local business owners coming together to help each other and that turning into true friendships and family. I can't wait for the next. This book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.
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