Lovers, Losers and You (Sunshine and Happiness #2) by Skylar M. Cates

LoversLosersAndYouLGLovers, Losers and You by Skylar M. Cates
Series: Sunshine and Happiness
Release Date: September 11, 2015
Pages: 220 • Format: eBook
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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How can you lose one dream and still find another?

Owen King is a lonely history teacher who wants to be braver. So when Owen learns about the deceased brother he never met, he breaks free of his safety net and risks answers. Despite his loving, adopted family, Owen wonders if there are missing pieces inside of him. Visiting the seaside town of Ocean Vista, where his brother lived and died, will be no vacation.

Andrew Teagan wants to be a winner. After being dumped by his last boyfriend, Andrew is through letting others dictate his life. To prove that dreams are possible, he’s going after his ambitions full force. Having signed on for a cooking reality show, Andrew’s ready to make his small café into a sizzling success.

When Andrew aids Owen on the beach, what starts off as an act of kindness turns into a hot temptation. But can a sweet budding romance survive when the time comes for Owen to leave town? Both men must learn to trust each other if their love will conquer the miles between them.

four-stars

We met Owen in book one as the brother of the housemate who passed away, Brendan. Owen never had the chance to meet his brother but through letters from Cole, Brendan’s house mate and friend he learns bits and pieces. When a morality clause shows up in Owen’s life and makes him question his employment, he takes a strip to the small Florida beach town of Ocean Vista to finally take Cole up on his offer to visit and learn more about Brendan.

Here in Florida he could find out a few things about his brother. He loved his family, but a part of him wondered about who he was. Most of all, he could sort out what to do about St. James Academy and their new contract while he was away.

We met Andrew in book one as well, being the handsome but relationship troubled owner of the local cafe where Cole liked to get his coffee and deny his attraction to Ian. Andrew is now the housemate replacement for Cole, now that Cole has moved out to live with his boyfriend, Ian. The housemates are still in turmoil and grieving over the loss of Brendan and the new editions of Andrew and Sandy. But that can’t get Andrew down, because has an opportunity to compete in  a reality show, Café Battles that will not only get his small business, The Busy Day Café, recognition but win a small chunk of change that can change his life.

When a chance encounter on the beach brings Owen and Andrew together, things start getting good.

I liked that Andrew didn’t recognize Owen how the rest of the house did when they first meet him, as the second coming of Brendan. I felt awful for Owen as the “family” asked and compared him to the dead brother her never knew, though I got it – they wanted a piece of their friend back – but it felt disrespectful at the same time. I was thankful that Andrew saw Owen and took him for the man standing in front of him, not as the ghost of Brendan.

“I just came by at the right moment.”

“Kindness is more than chance.”

Owen’s self-discovery through finding Andrew was lovely to read and Andrew’s view on the world with Owen by his side was breathtaking. These two were amazing together and I loved watching them fall quickly in love. I ached for them with the decisions they had to make and I cheered with each victory that arrived because of it.

What I also love about this and what I love about series where each book features a different couple YET implores upon side characters to strengthen the series, was more of Ian and Cole and more of Marc and Tomas.

*whistles*

Marc and Tomas are going to hurt my poor romantic heart and hurt it so damn good. Oh and um, I am behind with reading so I really hope that my dear sweet, yet sexy Morgan realizes who saved him… the man who smells of leather and oranges… the man on the motorcycle who is brooding over Brendan’s death and OMG! They better get a damn book because I need it. It has to be those two, HAS TO BE!

… how lucky it was that he’d run into him again, almost as if their paths had been destined to entwine once more.

Back to Owen and Andrew. The men were sexy and sweeter than Andrew’s brownie centered cookies. There was not a thing I disliked about the growth of their relationship or the intimacy they developed so fierce and quick. I adored them and how strongly they felt about their family and I fell in love with them as they fell in love with each other.

Lovers, Losers and You was a sweet as pie romance with a side of sexy and an amazing gaggle of friends who need me to read their stories. It’s a story about life leading you toward your destiny and leaning on that one person for the strength to grab it by the lapels and run with it.

About Skylar M. Cates

Skylar M. Cates loves a good romance. She is quite happy to drink some coffee, curl up with a good book, and not move all day. Most days, however, Skylar is chasing after her husband, her kids, and her giant dog, Wasabi. Skylar dreams about spending her days writing her novels, walking along the beach, and making more time for her good friends. On a shoestring budget, Skylar has traveled all over in her early years. Although, lately, the laundry room is the farthest place she has visited, Skylar still loves to chat with people from all around the globe.

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