Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Release Day Review: Typhoon Toby by R.L. Merrill #Review #Giveaway

Author: R.L. Merrill
Title: Typhoon Toby
Series: Forces Of Nature book 2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: January 22, 2019
Length: 216 pages 

Reviewed by Jenn


On the surface, Toby Griffiths appears to have it all—talent, money, a brilliant mind, and model good looks. With his best friend, Reese, he’s built an empire as a singer/songwriter.

But beneath that glittering exterior, Toby suffers the lasting effects of abuse. To keep his tempestuous past where it belongs, he insists on anonymity with lovers—no names, no personal information. But a vacation fling in Bali changes all that, and he can’t get his recent playmate out of his mind.

Therapist Spencer Hart left Bali with a bad case of pneumonia and a broken heart. Although he’s recovering, he’s shocked to find his secretive partner on TV, and he’s determined to see him again. Spencer arranges to attend one of Toby’s fundraising galas, and their reunion is tense.

Toby tries to stick to his rules… until a New Year’s kiss with Spencer washes away the last of his resistance. But Toby is a man with secrets, and when the storm comes ashore, it could devastate not just his professional life but his fledgling love affair and his longtime partnership with his best friend.

Will Spencer stand by his side and help him weather the storm as Toby faces his worst fears?

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Toby Griffiths and Spencer Hart meet in paradise and have an instant connection. The two spend a few hot nights together without exchanging names and thinking they’ll never see each other again. When fate brings them together, a painful past has Toby afraid to try.

 Professionally, Toby has it all, but if he wants Spencer...he has a lot to work through. Admitting the mistakes he’s made and his past abuse is not easy for Toby, but being with Spencer makes him better, stronger.

 This is a story of overcoming your past and working hard to have all you’ve ever wanted, but were afraid to wish for. Spencer is one of those characters that you can’t help but love and he’s perfect for the imperfect Toby.

 As Toby heals, his relationship with Spencer and his best friend, Reese bring a sense of peace to his life that he’s never known.

This was a book that brought a lot of emotions for me. As someone who suffers with chronic illness, I really related to Spencer and I understood the awkwardness of apologizing for your physical failings. When we see him approach Toby and he’s so vulnerable, it made my heart ache. Toby has his own chronic issues that are just as real and seeing them come together through all of their issues was very heartwarming. I love when characters don’t give up on each other or on themselves.


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