Safe Harbour (Jagged Shores Book 2) by Thom Collins

In anticipation of the fifth book in the Jagged Shores series being released, Safe Harbour is the second book that started the series. Check the blog for reviews of the rest of the books from the series.

From the blurb:


Book two in the Jagged Shores series

Two lovers seek shelter in a storm of jealousy and passion.

Matt arrives in the seaside town of Nyemouth for a much-needed vacation. As a successful lawyer, Matt has a hectic career, and with an ex-husband still pestering him for money, he is long overdue a break. A holiday home perched above the town and its breath-taking harbour seems like the perfect place to unwind. Matt can't wait to explore the beautiful, jagged shorelines and lose himself for a couple of weeks.

Jake has made a home in Nyemouth. After growing up in the city, living on the coast is everything to him. Running a business with his sister and volunteering on the crew of the local lifeboat, he is exactly where he wants to be. But Jake's life is far from peaceful. Though he left his domineering husband Vince a year ago, Vince refuses to consent to a divorce or loosen his controlling hold on Jake.

On Matt's first night in town, he encounters the couple having a blazing row. When Vince turns violent, Matt intervenes and takes Jake inside to escape his angry ex. Despite what happened, Matt feels a powerful attraction to the younger man. Jake is bright, endearing and unbelievably attractive, but the young man's life is complicated. Matt already has enough problems of his own. He came away looking for an escape, not a starry-eyed distraction. As Matt and Jake get to know each other better, the gamble on a holiday romance becomes hard for either of them to resist. They have both been unlucky in love before. Maybe this time will be different.

Vince will not be shaken off so easily. He has no intention of letting Jake go...ever. As Matt's and Jake's emotions deepen, they do not understand how far Vince will take things to keep his husband. As far as Vince is concerned, they made a vow to each other... “till death do us part.”

SNik's review:

Second in series (Jagged Shores), but can be read as a standalone. Age gap. Suspense. Instalove. Dual POV (some secondary character POV). Heed content warnings. 

On vacation, attorney Matt interrupts a domestic argument his first night in town, but even though Jake is young he certainly will not let his soon-to-be ex-husband bully him. The attraction between Jake and Matt is instantaneous, but it can only be a holiday fling, and both men have enough personal problems without trying to add a new relationship into it. 

But Jake and Matt can’t help the connection they feel, and they spend more time together, building a relationship. Jake shares more about his past than Matt, but they both develop fast and quick feelings and it’s obvious their companionship and interest is deep. This second entry into the series brings the small town feels and interesting secondary characters to fill out the story. Another entertaining read.

Safe Harbour is currently available as an e-book and paperback