Book Review: Stronger Than Hope by Katherine McIntyre

Stronger Than Hope

Author: Katherine McIntyre
Series: Chesapeake Days, book 1
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing (March 5, 2022)
Kindle edition, 252 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary M/M/ Romance
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Summary

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.

Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

With how many single dad romances I’ve read and loved lately, I guess I’m going to have to stop saying I don’t normally go for the single parent trope… Stronger Than Hope is such a lovely, soft, comfortably sweet romance – especially considering it deals with pretty weighty subjects like grief, moving on after the death of a loved one, and bullying.

Nate is so lovely and sweet and I just want to put him in a bubble (Beck too) and keep him safe from anything that would hurt him forever and ever and ever. I also really loved Linc and his dedication to his son Beckett (Beck). They’re both broken in their own ways, and are exactly what the other needs to fill in their cracks. The slow development of their relationship is beautiful and I loved the journey. I also really loved all of Linc’s friends and am excited to read their books as the series continues!

This is the first book in the Chesapeake Days series, and can be read as a standalone.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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