Stronger Than Hope by Katherine McIntyre _ Book Review

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One man looking to set down roots, the other looking to leave…

Fresh out of a relationship, Nate’s searching for a change—what better way is there than renovating his uncle’s old coffee shop in Chesapeake City? He has a new job, in a new town, and a new lease. And when he almost runs over his hot neighbor, Linc, who happens to be his contractor? Well, based on the explosive attraction between them, maybe he’ll find something new there too.

Linc’s been treading water ever since his wife passed away in childbirth, focusing all of his energy on raising his son, Beckett. The obvious solution? He needs to get the hell out of Chesapeake City. But when Nate charmingly fumbles his way into Linc’s life, he finds his defenses lowering for the first time in years. One date leads to another, and hell, this man makes him feel in ways he’d forgotten.

Even though Nate just finished piecing his heart back together, he falls fast. Yet Linc’s made it clear he’s a bad bet. The man hasn’t clicked with anyone since his wife, and if Nate ends up being “not enough” again, that won’t shatter just his heart—the fragile home he’s trying to build in this town will crumble too.

[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

Stronger Than Hope
 is the first book in the Chesapeake Days series by Katherine McIntyre. A romance between a widowed single dad and his new neighbor.

Nat inherits his late uncle’s coffee shop and since he’s recently been left by his boyfriend, he embraces the opportunity to start over somewhere new. A perk to his new home is his attractive neighbor, who is also the contractor for the renovations to the coffee shop. However, Lincoln hasn’t managed to fully move on from his wife’s death, and he is hesitant to pursue his attraction to Nat. The more time they spend together, the more their connection is undeniable, but hearts are bound to get broken when Nat wants to set down roots while Linc is ready to uproot the ones reminding of his past.

“These moments were worth waiting for. This was worth fighting for. Even if he was terrified every step of the way.”

First and foremost, I have to say that Nat is one of those characters that I want to protect at ALL costs. He’s sincere, kind, clumsy and wears his heart on his sleeve. My heart broke that he felt he was unworthy of anyone loving him long term. His fumbling, messy first encounters with Linc were their own brand of meet cutes. He was so patient when it came to handling Linc’s feelings, and his gentleness with Linc’s son Beck was just precious. Then we have Linc who was just such a great single dad, and he has some moments as he struggles to not drown in guilt over his wife that had me tearing up. The relationship they build starts as an easy friendship that turns to more when they can’t deny their sexual attraction. The intimate scenes between them when they find alone time is steamy goodness.

“Their soft, sweet kiss left Nate even more breathless. His heart careened, as if he ever had a chance of guarding it against Lincoln Lane.”

I loved Nat, obviously, but I also loved the Bisexual Rep with Linc. He talks about his past relationships and it’s a mix of both genders. I loved that his son Beckett was a present side character but didn’t pull focus away from the couples’ connection, but wasn’t just an afterthought. He was a sweetheart who just enhanced Linc and Nat’s relationship. However, I did find it hard to not get a little frustrated with his hot and cold with Nat. It had been 6 years since his wife passed and I would have been less frustrated if she had died more recently and that made him protective of him and his sons hearts. In this case, he’s afraid and feels guilty at the idea of moving on. I loved that Nat helped him feel comfortable remembering and talking about his ex-wife instead of remembering her with melancholy.

Overall, Stronger Than Hope by Katherine McIntyre is a solid start to a new series, and I’m excited about the rest of the series!

Gay MC, Bi sexual MC, Widowed Single Parent MC

—Written by Amanda—

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