The universe is trying to tell Sacha Bolic something. A fire escape collapses under him, he lands in crap, and a killer barely misses his target… all in the same few seconds. That’s on top of a long list of mishaps and job dissatisfaction. Not one to ignore signals when they’re shoved in his face, Sacha retires and uses his savings to buy an old building in Skagit, Washington. With a little help from DIY videos, he’s going to bring it back to its former glory. And, yeah, it’s a metaphor. If he makes one change, others will follow…
Seth Culver avoids entanglements, romantic or otherwise. Who needs them? He’s learned the hard way that people betray you or leave. Still, Seth finds people compelling. He kind of collects them, learning their secrets before letting them go their own way. His commitment to no commitments may have met its match in Sacha. Handsome and hot, Sacha seems to offer a permanence that scares Seth more than anything ever has. Seth will have to decide if he’s going to grab life by the balls or keep watching from the sidelines.
A box of inconsequential belongings hidden for decades in the old building hints at lives imagined but not lived, reminding them both there are no guarantees in love, or this thing called life.
A standalone in the Accidental Roots series, HEA, and hot m/m. 18+ .
The past is behind, learn from it.
The future is ahead, prepare for it.
The present is here, live it.
Sasha Bolic is 39 years old and feels every single year in his bones. After the umpteenth close call on his life while on duty as a US Marshall and a premature midlife crisis of some sorts, he contemplates his life choices and decides that something’s got to give. Big time. And fast.
Sick of being uncomfortable with his sexuality and of living in the closet his whole life, he is tired of hiding his true self any longer and grabs the bull by the horns and retires, in order to find a new home somewhere where he just can be. The one place that immediately comes to his mind is Skagit, WA, the dump where he spent several years on an undercover mission and where he made some sorts of friends during that time. Buying an old building and bringing it back to its former beauty is his new purpose in life, which is easier said than done.
After another attempt on his life -this time by said building… or the ladder… or fate… or whatever- he literally stumbles into Seth Culver, a man he immediately feels attracted to.
You found a part of me that I’d hidden for so long I’d forgotten it existed. You reminded me I didn’t simply have to survive; I could live.
Seth, a pretty new resident to Skagit himself, came to this hick town in order to find out more about his roots. Under his sunny and carefree attitude he hides his urgent need to belong somewhere, but living on his own for most of his life made him wary of letting people come close to him, much less him bonding with someone.
Sooooo, ‘casual’ seems to be the new love life. He can be pretty persistent when he lays his eyes on someone and Sasha definitely caught his interest. There was one thing, though, he hadn’t reckoned with, and that is the sparkling chemistry and building connections between them.
“I need you too. I never thought I would need anyone. I never wanted to need anyone, and I kind of resent it. But I need you. It scares me.”
When they find a box hidden in the old building that contains old books of poetry, postcards and an old photograph of two men…
… it sends them on a nostalgic journey into the past to find out more about the story behind it, only to discover that it could be the key to their own future.
As Sure As The Sun is the fourth installment in the Accidental Roots series and can be read as a standalone, but I would highly recommend reading the other three books, too, because I think it just heightens the enjoyment to know the backstory since you will meet all kinds of characters from the previous books here as well.
This book is a bit quieter than its predecessors, there is no thrilling mystery to solve this time, just two men -two kindred spirits- with a difficult childhood who discover that they have more in common than they thought and who are doing a bit research on the side. And by ‘just’ I mean that I loved the focus lying on their relationship, on how they overcame their own insecurities to find out that they both deserve more than being alone for the rest of their lives because of commitment issues.
I have a penchant for the grumpy and brooding type of character and Sasha is definitely a specimen in that regard. Combined with his dry sense of humor, he was the perfect paragon for me to love his grouchy ass.
“Long story short, I retired and decided to move here.” “And do what? Where are you living? What are you doing?” “I’m surveying the best locations in the county for shallow graves so when I get tired of all the questions I know where to hide the body,” Sasha grumbled.
As far as Seth is concerned I think I need to buy a soapsuds factory anytime soon because he is definitely another character I want to wrap in a bubble to prevent him from the depravity of this world. This time my murderous thoughts – yeah, I know, I had them again– circled around his mother and you will find out the reason when you read this book.
What grated a bit on my nerves was Sasha’s insistence on being old…at 39. Damn, he made ME feel like a living mummy and I’m only nine years his senior. I mean, I get him to some extent, especially with his background, but it was laid on a tad too thick for me. I loved the way Seth dealt with it, though.
He moved away from Seth.”I’m not sure what you see in me. I’m old and broken.” “Well, I’m broken too. You just can’t see it. Quit fishing for compliments.”
What almost broke me and had me in tears was the fate of Owen and Theodore, the two men in the old photograph, especially given that there is a sense of reality behind it to some extent. Please make sure to read the ‘Post-Script dedication’ at the end of the story.
Speaking of… After the dedication, there is an extra-content featuring Miguel whose story is next and for those who loved him from his first appearance -like me- and who are dying to get to know more about him and his mysterious past -like me-… READ IT!
Granted, now I’m even more dying to get my grabby hands on his story, but the snippet was the icing on the cake.