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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Travis (Boys of Brighton Book 6) by M. Tasia is a mesmerizing contemporary romance and a breezy read. Travis Boone has finally found a home in Brighton, Texas. Focused on his work as a cook now, he is quickly forgetting what it felt like to live on the streets and in his car. Now he can afford the things he really wants. But one thing is about to change the life he wants to build for himself and it's the gorgeous cop, Bo Mason, who seems interested in him. Travis isn't sure what to do for deep down he knows that Bo won't want to pursue him if his secrets become known. But Bo isn't a fool and he sees far beyond what Travis thinks.
I haven't read any previous books in the Boys of Brighton series but this entry - that reads so well for a standalone - convinced me of the author's gift for character and plot. The narrative begins with a pacing that is deceptively slow, but the speed increases as the key characters are revealed. I loved the way the characters evolve through the narrative. From the start, Travis seems timid, a character who tends to keep to himself. Bo is intelligent and can read more into Travis's small smiles. The author knows how to explore the hearts of the characters, developing emotions and thoughts that readers can easily relate to. The setting is well developed and the plot, though seemingly simple, is enriched by the author's ability to keep the story real and the emotions intense. The story is told in a compelling tone and in gorgeous prose.