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(Hope Cove #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  941 ratings  ·  172 reviews
Oliver Parrish has been alone in the world since he was born. So when Sheriff Owen “Mack” Macklin shows up on his doorstep to deliver the news that Oliver’s sister has died, he’s beyond surprised. Still, Oliver returns with Mack to Hope Cove, Maine, hoping to get to know the sister he never knew he had. As he tries to snap these new elements into his solitary life, he’s no ...more
ebook, 210 pages
Published November 8th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published November 7th 2013)
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Its me!!not the book.


You know it is time to:


Issa DNF.

Time of surrender at 55% when the first sex scene did nothing to my body.


And I read the other reviews plus spoilers, and there is some unnecessary miscommunication happening towards the end, so I know I am not missing anything. Me and miscommunication don’t match. And after reading so many books where characters talk instead of running or giving each other the silent treatment I don’t think I can stand this.

-The GFY is one of my fa
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I really liked Keeping Sweets by this author so I was excited when I heard another one of her books was coming out. I didn't like this quite as much as "Keeping Sweets" but it was still a pleasant read.

The theme is a cute one that gets me every time: A gay man finding acceptance and love in a small town (cue "awwwwws"). These types of stories just make my heart do a happy dance! The setting was sweet and New Englandy and I was expecting a great story. However, it had a few flaws that knocked thi
Mandy*reads obsessively*
I read and loved this author's Keeping Sweets so when I saw she had a new story out I was excited to read it.

Oliver has grown up in the foster care system, he is alone and that's pretty much the way he wants it. At least that is what he thinks he wants.
He has never allowed himself to get close to anyone, never had a family or even any friends really.
What he does have is a love for cooking and dreams of having his own restaurant one day.
“Cooking was all Oliver was good at—all he lived for—it had
Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it
All the ingredients were there and yet, it fell a little flat. I think the measurements might have been off.
Yep. Some tweaking with the amounts would have been beneficial. Where are those adorable teacups?
What was ‘off’ for me?
I don’t mind insta-love….but this was super speedy.
I’m all about gay-for-you….but this was too convenient a flip for me.
I like just enough angst to make me nervous…but this felt more like forced drama with an ending that was neatly tied up with a bow.
It was sweet and sex
Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 feel good stars

This book will make you feel all puppies and rainbows. Make you feel those little butterflies in your stomach cause it’s sweet.

Its not too angsty
Its got really hot sex scenes
You got a chef
You got a cop
You got the 2 of them cookin up some seriously sexy sexy sexy ass sex scenes
And you got a dog


Oliver will make you wanna hug him really tight. Anyone who grew up in foster care makes my heart trip beats, makes me wanna show them that you are not a product of your upbringin
BWT (Belen)
5 Stars for John Orr's narration!
4.5 stars minus one full star for unnecessary miscommunication = 3.5 Stars for story.

Belens Audio Book Review
I will start by saying this - 5 Stars for John Orr's narration! His narration was absolutely fantastic.

Orr was an absolute pleasure to listen to.

This should have been a slam dunk 5 star story for me. I am a sucker for this trope where a young gay man with a tragic past comes to a small town and gains love and acceptance. The story flowed well and everything was going gre
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, m-m
I really liked this! On to the next one!
Trisha Harrington
This book went from four stars to five after I read the sequel. I just love this couple and their story made me smile, so after thinking about it for a while, I decided to update my rating.

Mack and Oliver, for me, are such a lovable couple. I adored their story from beginning to end and I was so looking forward to them getting a happy ending. I liked the fact Mack had known Oliver's sister, Maggie, before he knew Oliver. And I will admit, I thought the same thing Oliver did about those two. Tha
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those times that I nearly didn't read this story because of the cover, book's covers are like chocolates, the prettier, yummier and enticing the better.
And for me this cover didn't have none of that.
But, I'm so glad I read it because it was wonderful,some parts very lovely and some others were a little bit sad, the characters were great and the ending was divine.
I can't wait to read about Haydn next.
A grieving Sheriff Macklin from a small town in Maine travels to the West coast to deliver devastating news to the the brother of his best friend. A lonely but curious Oliver follows Mac home from Seattle to Hope Cove hoping to learn what he can about Maggie, who was Mac's best friend and the sister he never knew he had.

I liked both Mac and Oliver. Mac is a rough-around-the-edges alpha, and Oliver is an unhappy, struggling chef living day by day and dreaming of owning his own restaurant someday.
This story had a trope that's a favourite of mine. A lonely person finding love and acceptance in a smaller town, not sure why that works for me but I like to read it. This story had elements that I enjoyed but it didn't work for me as much as I was hoping.

Oliver is a sous chef working hard to get ahead so he can start his own restaurant. He comes home from work one day to find Sheriff Owen Macklin waiting with news on his doorstep. Mack was best friends with the sister that Oliver never knew he
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
There is a lot of cake eating in this book and a deliciously looking MC cooking 24/7, which makes it especially difficult to swallow for salad eating readers.


Sandi ♥'s way too many M/M books
Super sweet. really enjoyed this.
1.5 stars

Ugh, this is an emotional book. Not in a good sense. Actually, many things dont make sense at all. Too much melodrama for my taste.

What I don't like
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Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Brokenhearted was cute but I wasn’t feelin it. I liked the characters and premise but it suffered from pacing problems and wasn’t dynamic enough to suit my tastes.

In addition to the flat, lifeless plot, there were a lot of aspects that were totally unrealistic. It felt as if it was written by a teenager who had no real world experience adulting. There was a fantasy world treatment of money and financial reality, medical and legal protocol, employment and air travel practicalities and more.

Apr 20, 2017 rated it liked it
The story is interesting, the Mcs are cute and their relationship is beautiful.
The suddenly gfy of the sheriff is not very credible.
The last part DRAMA addition ... WHY? I had prefered a HEA than a HFN
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I really enjoyed Keeping Sweets, and Riding the Board was a nice short, so when I saw the premise for Brokenhearted I knew I had to read it.

I'm glad I did read it. What I got was a lovely, gentle, sweet book. One with two decent MC's, a lovely town in Hope Cove, no painful antagonists, nothing too major drama wise - just a slight tremor along the way.

When Mack - Hope Cove's Sheriff - goes to tell the stranger on the other side of America (Oliver) that he had a sister who has recently died, Mack
Nov 12, 2013 rated it liked it
3 stars.

OK cute book but... it was odd. Really I don't know what to think about it. It was VERY similar to your regular small town m/f romance with many of the tropes (including our hero declaring his love in front of the town). It was a bit like Robyn Carr does m/m.

I do not normally nitpick, but some explanation as to where Oliver's money is coming from to pay for his expensive hospital tests; how he can, on a sous chef pay, even afford health insurance (or if he even has any); and how he can a
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3.5 stars.
This book wasn't very angsty or dramatic, I would say it was mundane.

Oliver Parrish was making ends meet as a sous chef when Sheriff Owen Macklin aka Mack came to Seattle to tell him the sister he didn't know he even had was dead. Oliver was alone and knew nothing about his parents, so Mack was filling in the past for him. His sister who had been looking for him left him her bakery in Hope Cove, Maine. Overwhelmed about the news, Oliver decided to travel to Hope Cove to see if he would
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was perfect to uplift my foul mood. I adored Oliver and I really really liked Mack. Not gonna lie, I thought the relationship progressed way too fast, but I loved the romance and the sex between the two main characters. The supporting characters were good too, I adored Jeremy (the little kid). I loved how Maggie was so positive and that for some odd reason was rather refreshing. I was hoping that the story was more of a murder mystery and the two months apart and t ...more
Chris, the Dalek King
I was rather surprised to see that I hadn't read anything by this author before. I certainly recognized the name, but I guess I have a lot of their books I want to read, but have never got around to reading. Well...this was certainly a great book to start with. And I got it on sale, so that makes me happy.

Despite the fact that I really wanted to smack Oliver for his thing at the end of the book, I did enjoy this. Because of the premise of the story, there was always going to be a sad undertone t
Nov 10, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

This was a solid read, I enjoyed the story a lot. It's a bit angst filled, but not to the point where I had to have my husband hide the kitchen knives.

The author did a great job capturing the feel of a small Maine village. There was just one part that had me a bit confused. The logistics of the main characters trip to Acadia National Park felt off to me. If the main characters were coming from Downeast Maine to come to the park they would have taken Route one, not the highway.

This is
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, hurt-comfort

Cate Ashwood is a new author for me and I think the first book of the Hope Cove series was a good starting point for me. The premise was promising and I was looking forward to read Brokenhearted.

I'm really glad I read it because it was lovely, gentle and sweet. The story of Oliver and Mack was a journey of acceptance and love. They were easy to fall in love with and the ending was perfect. So if you are looking for a nice romance with a little angst, then I can recommend the book wholeheartedly
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m
I was drawn by the cover, it's very beautiful!

The story started nicely, I was thinking it's a 5* read. But it got worse and I don't like the ending, it's too rush and the MC acted like an idiot.
3.5 Stars. I enjoyed it. I liked Oliver and Mack and the citizens of Hope Cove. I did not like the stupid thing Oliver did nor how easily Mack forgave. However, despite Maggie's death looming over them, it was a sweet read.
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Done - it took me forever to finish and there is just one word for it: boring.
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, m-m
2.5 stars, never quite warmed to the MCs
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Note: This audiobook was provided to me by the publisher through Hearts on Fire Reviews in exchange for an impartial review.

When Sheriff Owen “Mack” Macklin arrives on the Seattle doorstep of Oliver Parrish, Oliver gets the shock of his life when Mack tells him that he has a sister named Maggie, but then tells him that she recently passed away. Mack convinces him to come to Hope Cove, Maine to learn more about the sister he would never get to meet, but who would have loved him unconditionally
Dani Elle Maas
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

The first word that comes to mind is adorable…what an adorable story! But that’s not quite accurate or sufficient enough.

What an adorable, very real , very emotional yet astonishing in it’s simplicity story this is. That would cover most bases I think :)

From the moment you start reading you get drawn in. You find you want to see things happen.

As a reader you need things to happen. I noticed myself going from the table to the couch without even looking up from my kindle.

This story start
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Cate discovered her love for books of all kinds early on, but romance is where her heart truly lies. She is addicted to the happily ever afters and the journey the characters take to get there. Currently residing in British Columbia, Cate loves living just a stone's throw from the water. When she's not writing, she can be found consuming coffee at an alarming rate while wrangling her children, her ...more

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