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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Knight of Ocean Avenue by Tara Lain

Knight of Ocean Avenue (Love in Laguna Book 1) by Tara Lain
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632165759
ISBN-13: 978-1632165756
Amazon: Knight of Ocean Avenue (Love in Laguna Book 1)
Amazon Kindle: Knight of Ocean Avenue (Love in Laguna Book 1)

A Love in Laguna Novel

How can you be twenty-five and not know you’re gay? Billy Ballew runs from that question. A high school dropout, barely able to read until he taught himself, Billy’s life is driven by his need to help support his parents as a construction worker, put his sisters through college, coach his Little League team, and not think about being a three-time loser in the engagement department. Being terrified of taking tests keeps Billy from getting the contractor's license he so desires, and fear of his mother's judgment blinds Billy to what could make him truly happy.

Then, in preparation for his sister’s big wedding, Billy meets Shaz―Chase Phillips―a rising-star celebrity stylist who defines the word gay. To Shaz, Billy embodies everything he’s ever wanted―stalwart, honest, brave―but even if Billy turns out to be gay, he could never endure the censure he’d get for being with a queen like Shaz. How can two men with so little in common find a way to be together? Can the Stylist of the Year end up with the Knight of Ocean Avenue?

Billy and Shaz were fantastic. They pulled me in and held my attention. This is a feel-good story. It made me happy to read this book and left me feeling happy when I was done. I really liked it.

I always enjoy reading Tara Lain's stories and this one was no exception. I loved the characters and the story line and the writing style is very easy to read. I'm looking forward to reading the next book.

This book has just the right amount of everything: balanced characters and smooth original story that will gift a reader with a fun relaxing time. 

Thoroughly compelling from beginning to end.

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