Oyster (Island Love Book 2) by Fearne Hill

When Nico meets Éti, there is a special kind of trust and connection that blossoms between them. A true romance where falling in love doesn't require you to change anything about yourself.

From the blurb:

Low tides threw up all kinds of unexpected and random treasures. Wedding bands, hauls of driftwood, old bones worn smooth.

Jaded oyster fisherman, Nico La Forge, had seen them all.

Or so he believed. Until one night, a cold, bedraggled, and beautiful Éti Salvador washed up on the shore.

Nico had never been in love. Wasn’t even looking for love. With the body of a revolutionary hero and a face like the devil, Nico was the sort of guy your mother warned you to stay away from. But then, Nico had never come across anyone as extraordinary as Éti Salvador before; divebombing the emotional wasteland of his heart, shaking it like a maraca.

And, overnight, like the turning of the tides, everything changed.

Oyster is an MF queer romance.

SNik's review:

Second in series (Island Love), but can be read as a standalone. Transgender representation. Hurt/comfort. Slow burn. Single POV. Heed content warnings. 
Nico’s life was light with few commitments other than his family’s oyster farming business, until his mother’s terminal diagnosis had him becoming the new foundation for his family. When Nico helps a forlorn woman on the beach it begins a new journey for him, in the midst of his grief he begins to fall for the wonderful, vivacious Éti. 

This story was so beautifully and emotionally written, with Nico falling in love with no hesitation for Éti, and the kind, caring, handsome Nico being a person Éti can trust to fall head over heels for. A swoony romance, with likable and admirable main characters, both Éti and Nico are steadfast, true to themselves, and unwavering in their love. With supportive secondary characters and a slow build to intimacy, Fearne Hill and this series does not disappoint. What a lovely, romantic story.

Molly Otto's review:

Simply put a beautiful love story of acceptance and just being your true self. Nico is a small town oyster farmer who one morning finds Eti on the beach after a bad night. While taking Eti home, Nico realizes something massive, and being who is, he just accepts it and moves on. The two have a slow burn of romance in two people getting to know their true selves. When Nico learns Eti truth, he just rolls with it, as he should. You fall for the person, not the gender (at least that's how i roll). They have an unnerving support for the other in the good and the bad. For the first time, Eti is free, and with the support of this crazy cast, it is finally happy. No silly third act break-ups, just two people falling in love even when things around them are not always great.

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