Noah (Salish Sea Society Book 1) by Leigh Jarrett

When they guy sitting at the bar ends up being the most important thing in your life. A story about falling for someone and finding the courage to trust them with all the love you have.

From the Noah blurb:

Underneath that calm demeanour, I sensed lay a deeply passionate man.


To date, all my relationships that lasted more than a couple months have ended because I'm expecting something I don't believe is unattainable. Perfection. My parents have pounded the concept into my head. Success is only possible through getting everything right.

Even now, in my thirties, I live by that. What I strive for rolls into my business as the owner of one of the most popular British-themed pubs in Victoria, BC.

Then one day, a guy named Brody walks into my pub and becomes a regular, coming in at the same time every night, and always ordering a G&T and buffalo wings.

His expression is often fixed, and he doesn't talk much, revealing nothing about himself. But his deep mahogany eyes speak volumes. There's someone passionate inside all that outward calm.

What I eventually discover about Brody makes me wonder if I want to take it on. A relationship with him would be far from perfection. Or would it? To call him mine, I'm going to need to rethink what perfection looks like and embrace a new way of seeing the world.

Noah is a sweet slow-burning romance about a member of the Salish Sea Society, a group of four best friends who have been through a lot together since high school, including each of them coming out as gay. This story takes place on the rugged coast of Pacific Canada and is a story of newfound understanding of the autism spectrum and finding passion and love beating beneath the chest of a man of carefully measured words and silent looks.

SNik's review:

First in series (Salish Sea Society). Neurodivergent representation. Slow burn. Dual POV. 

Noah is used to hookups but when the gorgeous regular customer at his bar asks him for sex, for once he’s intrigued and wants to get to know Brody better before jumping into bed. Brody’s professional life is organized and in his personal life he has a routine, he doesn’t trust anyone enough to date, but something about Noah resonates with him. 

A slow burn that is actually romantic and swoony, both characters are likable, respectful, and patient, even while acknowledging their overwhelming attraction. I enjoyed all the small moments Brody and Noah spend together, how much they looked forward to sharing with each other, and how honest their conversations were. Don’t worry, there is plenty of high heat and spice once they establish their relationship, and Brody and Noah become singularly committed to working together to achieve their HEA. A really sweet read, a great introduction to a new series, and a romance that felt believable and emotional.

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