Thursday, March 1, 2018

Book Review: Sanctuary Found by Sloane Kennedy

Sanctuary Found (Pelican Bay #2)
by Sloane Kennedy


Coming home should be the easiest thing in the world, but I've never felt more lost...
When his stellar military career comes to an abrupt and terrible end, thirty-two-year-old Maddox Kent returns to the town he never planned to step foot into again, hoping to mend the rift he himself caused with the brother he left behind. But coming home means facing some hard truths about himself and his actions. When he has the chance to start making amends by helping his brother with the wildlife sanctuary he runs, Maddox is thrown another curveball when a stranger appears...

As long as we keep moving, everything will be okay. That's what I keep telling myself, anyway...

For twenty-one-year-old Isaac, Pelican Bay is only supposed to be a stopping point on the trek from San Francisco to New York. With his little brother, Newt, in tow, Isaac is just looking to make things right by returning something of value to a person he wronged. But "getting lost" in the next big city proves to be a problem when the brutal Minnesota winter claims Isaac's car and strands him and Newt at the animal sanctuary. When the owners of the place offer him a job, a desperate Isaac agrees, despite the presence of a man Isaac instinctively knows could be his downfall...

It should be so easy to let him go, but I can't. And not just because I want to protect him...

Nothing about Isaac makes sense to Maddox. Not his piercings or makeup or flashy clothes. And most certainly not the snarky mouth that doesn't match the vulnerability Maddox sees in the younger man's eyes. But one thing does make sense to the hardened former soldier. Isaac is running from something, and Maddox's gut is telling him not to let Isaac and little Newt go until he can ferret out the truth.

But having Isaac around means trying to make sense of something else Maddox isn't expecting... his own body's response to the beautiful younger man. Aside from their explosive chemistry, nothing about the straitlaced soldier and the secretive misfit works.

But maybe that's exactly why it does...

*Can be read as a standalone (no cliffhangers) but more enjoyment may be had by reading book 1 first

5 Stars!

I loved it!

As always I fell in love with Sloane Kennedy’s latest release. Sanctuary Found is the second book in the Pelican Bay series. This time around, we are reading about Maddox and Isaac and let me just say I loved each of them more much more than I imagined that I would.

Isaac intrigued me in book one and his little brother Newt stole my heart but it wasn’t until reading this story that I really saw how great they both were. I felt completely for them both and what they were running from. The devotion Isaac had for Newt rivals many Dads. The two of them together were so sweet and truly melted my heart.

Maddox was pretty great too. He initially had me thinking he might be a bit of a jerk but it quickly became clear that he was anything but. He was great with Newt right off the bat and you could tell he was just what both Isaac and Newt needed in their lives. Maddox was actually a great person to have in their corner for all the men in this series.

I felt the relationship between Maddox and Isaac was well done and felt very natural. They had great chemistry and when they were together it felt right. I really liked the way Sloane handled Maddox’s sexuality and went a bit out of the box with both men. It was different than most of the books I’ve read by her but that was a good thing with this couple.

I definitely recommend this book. While I think it’s possible to read as a stand-alone, I personally think it would be better to read Locked in Silence first. This book really connects with book one and although a different couple, the stories need each other to really get the best idea of how much the men and the animal Sanctuary mean to one another.

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