My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 2 in Albert’s Shore Leave series was a lovely read. Calder was not what I expected based on the glimpses I got of him in Sailor Proof. He felt very one-dimensional and not very deep, so I went into this story not expecting the complex character that he was.

I loved loved LOVED all the cuddling Calder and Felix get up to. It was nice to have love interests not immediately jump to penetrative sex; rather, these two slowly get to know each other in all kinds of ways. The demi rep was lovely.

Felix’s nieces were a delight and added that extra piece to the story. Without them, I don’t think we’d get the same kind of connection between Felix and Calder, and it made Felix’s hesitation to let Calder in feel very real. I also loved how Calder was like a big kid with the girls while still being a responsible adult, even if he didn’t have the confidence that he could be a parent figure.

I would have liked to have seen them at the family summer camp. I really enjoyed those scenes in Sailor Proof.

***Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.***

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