Tribute Act

Tribute Act

Nathan Bridges hadn’t intended to settle down in his home town of Porthkennack—he just ended up staying after saving the family business from ruin. The truth is, Nathan can’t stop himself from stepping in when problems arise. He’s a fixer, the man everyone turns to. But even fixers can’t solve everything.When Nathan’s sister needs an organ transplant, it’s his stepbrother,...

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Title:Tribute Act
Author:Joanna Chambers
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  • Elsa Bravante

    Hay libros que ves las críticas, o incluso los empiezas, y crees que te van a agradar, no mucho más, pero luego los lees y no sabes por qué te han emocionado, han tocado, por lo que sea, algo dentro de ti. Esto me ha pasado a mi con este libro. Me gusta mucho la forma de escribir de la autora, y sabía que me gustaría, lo que no sabía es que me gustaría tanto.

    Mack y Nathan viven una historia de amor entre dos personas corrientes, en un entorno cualquiera, dentro de un ambiente nostálgico, famili

    Hay libros que ves las críticas, o incluso los empiezas, y crees que te van a agradar, no mucho más, pero luego los lees y no sabes por qué te han emocionado, han tocado, por lo que sea, algo dentro de ti. Esto me ha pasado a mi con este libro. Me gusta mucho la forma de escribir de la autora, y sabía que me gustaría, lo que no sabía es que me gustaría tanto.

    Mack y Nathan viven una historia de amor entre dos personas corrientes, en un entorno cualquiera, dentro de un ambiente nostálgico, familiar, con un ritmo pausado y lleno de emotividad. Dos protagonistas que despiertan mucha ternura, con inseguridades, sexys y dulces al mismo tiempo, y unos secundarios que son un apoyo indispensable para el desarrollo de la trama.

    No pasa demasiado, solo lo más importante, que dos personas se enamoran.

    No me gustaría dejar pasar la ocasión para decir lo mucho que me gusta la portada, con ese modelo absolutamente maravilloso.

  • Ele

    I love storylines about one night stands that end up being the MC's boss or employee or neighbour or brother's friend or whatever.

    The stepbrother you 've never met, and who's here because he's the only matching living donor to your litle sister.

    I'm not going to rehash the plot. Besides, this is mostly a quiet story, character and relationship focused.

    Mack and Nathan are almost polar opposites. Nathan is the one who returns to his

    I love storylines about one night stands that end up being the MC's boss or employee or neighbour or brother's friend or whatever.

    The stepbrother you 've never met, and who's here because he's the only matching living donor to your litle sister.

    I'm not going to rehash the plot. Besides, this is mostly a quiet story, character and relationship focused.

    Mack and Nathan are almost polar opposites. Nathan is the one who returns to his roots willingly because he's a fixer who stays and works on things. Mack is a drifter who's used to moving around because nothing feels like home.

    I think this is one of those times where the story benefited from the single POV. Mack remained an enigma until the end of the book, which kept my interest alive despite there not being too much plot or plot twists. The last couple of pages from Mack's POV were brilliant and very rewarding.

    Mack's dad pissed me off more often than not. I kept waiting for him to grow a pair and stop hiding behind his selfishness and cowardice, but nope. Sadly, though, he's so very realistically portrayed. I can only say kudos to the author.

    My only niggle is that the characters kept pussyfoting around and their denial to talk about their feelings almost felt like a miscommunication, which was a little bit frustrating.

    I haven't read all books in the Porthkennack series, but all the books that I

    read have the gritty, melancholic tone in common, fueled by the rough cornish setting. I absolutely LOVE this element.

    Joanna Chambers is a relatively new author to me, but some of her stories have blown my mind (like the

    ).

    is among these stories.

    Recommended!

  • Renée

    Nathan is a fixer. He came home

    to fix the financial nightmare his mom and stepdad have let their ice cream shop/café become. But once it's fixed, Nathan realizes they're just gonna let it become what it was. Neither has a good head for business. Well, okay then, he'll move back home and stay on as a partner. He can use his marketing degree that way.

    Then his sister is diagnosed with a rare liver disease and needs a transplant. He'll donate a portion of his liver. Except he isn't a ma

    Nathan is a fixer. He came home

    to fix the financial nightmare his mom and stepdad have let their ice cream shop/café become. But once it's fixed, Nathan realizes they're just gonna let it become what it was. Neither has a good head for business. Well, okay then, he'll move back home and stay on as a partner. He can use his marketing degree that way.

    Then his sister is diagnosed with a rare liver disease and needs a transplant. He'll donate a portion of his liver. Except he isn't a match, which kills this big-brother-fixer just a bit.

    Mack is the hottie in a beanie that Nathan sees in a club one night. Once eye contact is made, game over. Even though Nathan doesn't really like one-night stands, there's something about Mack that he can't resist.

    Fast forward to Mack knocking on his parents' door after a letter is sent from his dad, requesting he get tested to see if he matches his sister to donate his liver.

    I like the stepbrothers trope, and this one was no exception. Nathan and Mack had never met before. Mack's dad hasn't been around in all the time he's been married to Nathan's mother.

    Derek, Mack's father, was a shitty dad to him. He never made the effort. He never acted like a dad. Unfortunately, Nathan had the opposite from him as a stepdad. He was always supportive, always around. This could've caused

    of melodrama and resentment on Mack's behalf. But it didn't.

    What Mack is, above all else, is wary and distrustful. After his mother died, he was raised by stoic grandparents. He's never received affection or love. Walking in on Nathan and his sister hugging causes him to look like he's seeing an alien.

    The attraction, on Nathan's part, doesn't die. But Mack is just so prickly and standoffish. It's hard to crack his shell. And even after they start fooling around again, it's impossible for Nathan to tell what Mack is thinking or feeling.

    Mack made it clear once he came that he'd be leaving after recovering from the surgery. And Nathan does everything he can to give him a reason to stay, including

    the relationship between father and son.

    This book packed a lot of feelz. Not only watching Mack

    under a bit of attention and affection. From his stepmother, his sister, and Nathan.

    I simply love this author and will pretty much buy whatever she writes. This is another success for her, and I highly recommend!

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    I've loved Joanna Chambers' contributions to this series.

    , the second

    book, is on my Best M/M Romance of 2017 list, and

    is also a strong contender.

    While Nathan, whose POV filters the story, can't keep his eyes off Mack, the estranged stepbrother he's only just met, he's not at all sure how Mack feels about him.

    Mack, who is a talented musician, is a bit of a drifter. Restless, independent to a fault, and aloof, Mack shirks touch and avoid messy em

    I've loved Joanna Chambers' contributions to this series.

    , the second

    book, is on my Best M/M Romance of 2017 list, and

    is also a strong contender.

    While Nathan, whose POV filters the story, can't keep his eyes off Mack, the estranged stepbrother he's only just met, he's not at all sure how Mack feels about him.

    Mack, who is a talented musician, is a bit of a drifter. Restless, independent to a fault, and aloof, Mack shirks touch and avoid messy emotions.

    Nathan is a giver, a fixer; he likes to take care of people. He spends his inheritance and quits his London job to come home to Porthkennack and save his failing family business—an ice cream and coffee cafe. Nathan works hard, but sometimes he wishes he had someone to look after him.

    Nathan's insecurities about his body (he's gained weight since moving home and has a little belly) made me love him that much more. He's real, relatable, and so damn sweet.

    Mack shows up to be a live liver donor to his and Nathan's sister, Rosie, who needs a transplant to survive. Mack comes for Rosie, not for Derek, his father (Mack's step-father) who abandoned him at age 15.

    Derek, a once successful pop star, is a piece of work. He's not a villain, far from it, but I wanted to shake him many times over. He's unfair to Mack and unwilling to apologize.

    Mack is a wounded bird; his physical scars heal quickly, but his heart takes much longer to mend.

    Mack and Nathan have amazing chemistry, and the epilogue (from Mack's POV) is just the right touch.

    The only reason I'm not rounding up to five stars is that the book hopped and skipped through days and weeks.

  • J *deep in the heart of Texas*

    I didn't like this one as well as the Garrett Leigh's I've read from this series. But I did like it.

    It just didn't pack the emotional punch the GL's did. I didn't quite connect to the story or the characters like I did in the others.

    But it was a nice, quiet, easy read. Low angst with some steam.

  • Chris, the Dalek King

    I seem to have caught the plague so you, my lovelies, shall be gifted with yet another “omg what are words!?!!!!” review. You are welcome. (And apologies to Ms. Chambers, whose book deserves so much more brain power than what I currently sloshing away in my head.)

    While set in Porthkennack, this book is a lot more insular than some of the others in the series. Nathan–who runs himself ragged helping out at his mom and stepfather’s ice cream shop/cafe–and Mack–who is only in town to see if he can b

    I seem to have caught the plague so you, my lovelies, shall be gifted with yet another “omg what are words!?!!!!” review. You are welcome. (And apologies to Ms. Chambers, whose book deserves so much more brain power than what I currently sloshing away in my head.)

    While set in Porthkennack, this book is a lot more insular than some of the others in the series. Nathan–who runs himself ragged helping out at his mom and stepfather’s ice cream shop/cafe–and Mack–who is only in town to see if he can be a donor match to his and Nathan’s kid sister–are center stage for this story. Everything is so focused on them that there is a pervasive sense of intimacy throughout the entire story. They connect on such a sweet level that first night, that you can’t help but be drawn into their story. And despite the fact that they both went into it not expecting anything more than a one-night-stand, you can also tell how deeply Mack needs someone like Nathan–but probably more importantly, how badly Nathan needs someone in his life who doesn’t simply take.

    And yes, while I totally admit that the fact they are step-brothers totally had me excited to read this book, that really isn’t something that comes into play a whole lot. Mostly because they have never met before their first night together. But where it does factor into the story it is all the more important. It isn’t about titillation and taboo, but Mack desperately needing a family and Nathan wanting nothing more than to give him his.

    This book was basically all heart. The connection between Nathan and Mack is probably my favorite out of this series; I am a total sucker for these kinds of hurt/comfort books…especially when I am neck deep in cold meds. And the various other relationships that evolve over the course of this book are very well done as well. Especially between Mack and his father. Very good book, very good characters, just very good everything.

    4.5 stars

  • Jewel

    I love the

    series, and since I enjoyed this author's previous book in this series, I was hopeful that I would enjoy

    as well -- and I did.

    is about finding love in the unlikeliest places. It's about forgiveness. And it's about learning that you are worthy of being loved and capable of giving it.

    is one of my favorite kinds of stories. A hookup with someone whom you later meet and and are thrown together with. Like the step-brother you've never met.

    I love the

    series, and since I enjoyed this author's previous book in this series, I was hopeful that I would enjoy

    as well -- and I did.

    is about finding love in the unlikeliest places. It's about forgiveness. And it's about learning that you are worthy of being loved and capable of giving it.

    is one of my favorite kinds of stories. A hookup with someone whom you later meet and and are thrown together with. Like the step-brother you've never met. Yeah, I love that. And add in just the right amount of angst and uncertainty, and I'm hooked.

    Mack...I just wanted to hug him. He was so starved for love and affection, it made my heart hurt. And I can't blame him for being so cautious. His mother died when he was young, he felt abandoned by his father, his grandparents never really accepted him, so he was on his own. Why would you risk opening yourself to people you don't know when everyone who should love you unconditionally rejected you?

    And Nathan felt their connection from the start, but when you're trying to calm a stray cat, you have to exercise a lot of patience. You have to move slowly, letting the cat know you're no threat while also hoping they know you can be trusted. It's in Nathan's nature to fix things. To help anywhere he can. He left a really good job in London to come back and help his family and he wouldn't have it any other way, but they do take advantage.

    I have never encountered two men who needed each other more than Mack and Nathan. Mack, the one afraid to commit, and Nathan, who never really opened himself to anything real - but really needs it.

    I also really loved that Rosie, the sister Mack came to help, was really the voice of reason when it really came down to it. Hat's off to you, girlfriend, for putting everything in perspective.

    Once again, Joanna Chambers delivers a wonderful story full of feels and hope amidst the angst that drew me in.

    Recommended.

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  • Fabi

    Four beautiful stars!

    A simple hookup turns complicated when said hookup shows up at your parent's house. <---love that trope!

    Nathan is the "fixer". He fixes everyone's problems. He takes anything and everything on his own shoulders and solves whatever needs a solution. But who takes care of Nathan? Even though he's been in several relationships, he's never been in love.

    Mack is the most desperately lonely character I've ever read about. My heart HURT for

    Four beautiful stars!

    A simple hookup turns complicated when said hookup shows up at your parent's house. <---love that trope!

    Nathan is the "fixer". He fixes everyone's problems. He takes anything and everything on his own shoulders and solves whatever needs a solution. But who takes care of Nathan? Even though he's been in several relationships, he's never been in love.

    Mack is the most desperately lonely character I've ever read about. My heart HURT for him. He keeps everyone at a distance, yet he is the one who sees that Nathan has needs too. He's the one to help and point out to others that Nathan deserves appreciation and a whole lot of thanks. Mack is the one who steps up to lend a hand when no one else see's Nathan's needs.

    I was rooting for these two the entire time I read the story. I wanted them to find a way to connect so bad. I must have been really stressing because I felt a whole lot of relief at the HEA.

    I really wanted Derek and Mack's conversation. Some sort of detailed view into their progress forward. That's the only reason why this is a four star instead of five for me. Otherwise, perfect.

    Gorgeous story. I loved it.

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    I've had mixed emotions about the Porthkennack series, but the one I REALLY loved was

    . Maybe I'm just into Joanna Chambers when she writes historicals?

    I honestly don't love it when a book starts off with the two MCs jumping into bed. One of my favorite aspects of a story is the sexual tension (I

    for it!), and so when the sex is right off the bat I always fe

    I've had mixed emotions about the Porthkennack series, but the one I REALLY loved was

    . Maybe I'm just into Joanna Chambers when she writes historicals?

    I honestly don't love it when a book starts off with the two MCs jumping into bed. One of my favorite aspects of a story is the sexual tension (I

    for it!), and so when the sex is right off the bat I always feel a little... deflated. I think that's why, even though the story was sweet and emotional and had a lot of potential, I just felt a little disconnected from it.

    I always say this, but if it takes me more than 1-2 days to read a story, no matter the length, I'm just not that into it. I happily read

    but I also had no problem putting it down. That always worries me.

    There was lots of loneliness, lots of angst, and lots of family issues that needed resolving, all of which got a little tiresome for me, especially with me not 100% into the romance. The writing was great, as always, but I just couldn't get past the "like" stage.

    I'll always pick up Joanna Chambers' books, no matter what, but I think she's written better. I'd recommend starting with her historical romances because they are just flat-out lovely.

    *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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