The Hideaway Inn by Philip Williams _ Book Review


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Carina Adores is home to highly romantic contemporary love stories featuring beloved romance tropes, where LGBTQ+ characters find their happily-ever-afters.

No one in the charming river town of New Hope, Pennsylvania, needs to know that Vince Amato plans on flipping The Hideaway Inn to the highest bidder and returning to his luxury lifestyle in New York City. He needs to make his last remaining investment turn a profit…even if that means temporarily relocating to the quirky small town where he endured growing up. He’s spent years reinventing himself and won’t let his past dictate his future.

But on his way to New Hope, Vince gets stuck in the middle of nowhere and his past might be the only thing that can get him to his future. Specifically Tack O’Leary, the gorgeous, easygoing farm boy who broke his heart and who picks Vince up in his dilapidated truck.

Tack comes to the rescue not only with a ride but also by signing on to be the chef at The Hideaway for the summer. As Vince and Tack open their hearts to each other again, Vince learns that being true to himself doesn’t mean shutting down a second chance with Tack—it means starting over and letting love in.

In The Hideaway Inn, Philip William Stover begins the story of a diverse group of characters finding love without boundaries and across the Seasons of New Hope.


[I received a physical copy for an honest review]

I am such a fan off small town MM romances, so I was really excited for The Hideaway Inn by Philip William Stover. This is a second chance romance strong in LGBTQ inclusiveness and self acceptance.

“People don’t change, at least not the ones I know. They evolve. There’s a big difference.”

In the end I didn’t love this book as much as I expected but I did enjoy it. It felt like a lot of the MM small town romances out there but nothing that really made me fall in love and stand out among the rest. I struggled a little with the writing it seemed abrupt at times and didn’t always flow. Both Vince and Tack were frustrating to me. Vince because he was so focused on the past he couldn’t see how Tack had changed and Tack for the fact it took him so long to realize how much he had hurt Vince in high school. Some of the other characters seemed a bit forced but the star for me was Tack’s child Jules. They were a breath of fresh air and I really liked the way they were allowed to be whoever they wanted to be.

Even thought I didn’t love this one I would definitely be open to reading more from Philip William Stover in the future and see how his writing grows.

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