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Tribute Act

(Porthkennack #8)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  350 ratings  ·  87 reviews
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,
Paperback, First edition, 196 pages
Published January 13th 2018 by Riptide Publishing
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Tribute Act was a good story. A fine story. But, honestly, from Joanna Chambers I expect to be blown away every time.

I've had mixed emotions about the Porthkennack series, but the one I REALLY loved was A Gathering Storm. 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 live for it!), and so when the sex is right off the bat I always fe
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

I've loved Joanna Chambers' contributions to this series. A Gathering Storm, the second Porthkennack book, is on my Best M/M Romance of 2017 list, and Tribute Act 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
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nathan is a fixer. He came home temporarily 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
I love the Porthkennack series, and since I enjoyed this author's previous book in this series, I was hopeful that I would enjoy Tribute Act as well -- and I did. Tribute Act 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.

Tribute Act 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.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.

Imagine when your one night stand ends up being your stepbrother! 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
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Four beautiful stars!

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

It's a poignantly beautiful love story.

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 hi
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: male-action
3.5 Stars!

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.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, ku
*3,75 stars*

I really loved the scenario and the main characters, right down to the single POV (which isn’t usually my favourite) because it works really well here, but ultimately certain elements of the story (like Mack‘s relationship with his dad or Nathan tendency to ‚overprotect‘) felt a little bit underdeveloped.
I also found the end a bit too swift and quick.

But a pleasant read with lots of feels!
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rarely read contemporary books but because I love this authors style I decided (after her absolutely amazing Enlightenment series) that I had to read more of her work. Joanna Chambers is a superb writer, her real strength lying in her ability to create living, breathing characters with ordinary lives, relationships and problems which a lot of people can probably relate to. A more thorough review later, but I have to say that I loved both Nathan and Mack. And the gorgeous cover... it’s Mack. Ex ...more
I’m a fan of the Porthkennack series, having read all but two of them, so I picked up Tribute act before reading the blurb and it turned out to be a completely unexpected treat. I also hadn’t read anything by this author before, but I’ll certainly be looking for her works in the future.

Told exclusively from Nathan’s point-of-view, Tribute Act was one of those stories that grabbed my attention and refused to let go. I liked the initial meeting between Nathan and Mack as well as the unexpected fam
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
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Joanna make me cry.
I haven't managed to get through any of your novels without weeping like the proverbial baby. I am a wreck!
I'm always a tinsy bit disappointed when I begin to read one of your novels, only to discover it's set in the modern day. Then I reach the end, a blubbering wreck, and realise how stupid am I? I just love your style, your writing, your characters and regardless of the period. You write for me and I am so very grateful. In the immortal words of David Cassid
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars rounded up

I admit I was a little bit nervous when Nathan and Mack's first encounter ended up in bed as a one night stand. I am not a big fan of sexy times introduced quite early in romance. Also, these days I really try NOT to re-read blurb before I start a book, in order to enjoy it in its entirety without expectation of what's coming. SO, I wasn't aware of the stepbrother situation coming in later. The only thing that kept me going was the fact that this was written by Joanna Chambe
Nathan is a fixer. He left his London marketing career to come home to Porthkennack to save Dilly's - the ice cream shop his stepfather Derek started - and now he's part-owner and up to his neck in taxes, bills and scheduling. He wishes that he was able to donor his liver to his sister, but isn't a match. Even when Nathan meets a long, lean, very hot guy at the bar one night, he's thinking of how to "fix" him. Mack claims he just wants to fuck, but Nathan senses Mack's vulnerability and knows he ...more
Nathan and Mack first meet when Nathan escapes for one night from his business and family obligations to have fun and blow off some steam. Their one-night stand was great, but both feel more than just a physical connection that night.

However, neither expect to ever run into each other again. That is until an odd family connection brings the two back together in a very awkward and tense situation.

I immediately connected to Nathan. He’s extremely down-to-earth, and his worries are relatable. He’s
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't have a lot of luck with Porthkennack Series (as well as with Joanna Chambers's books). It is why I'm glad, I didn't completely give up on it (and her). Tribute Act is definitely my favorite novel in the series.

BUT the blurb chosen for this book is rather unfortunate. My luck was (and I really see it as a happy coincidence), I don't remember to read the blurb and I didn't re-read it when I started the book. This way, a very important twist remained secret. So, if you belong to those rea
True Loveislovereview
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, 2018
4.5 stars
I found this a touching, emotional read. Somehow it slammed into my core.
It's not an outstanding story as in i would scream or but I felt it all and was so impressed by it.
(Jo)Nathan is a very considered person... sweet, thoughtful, a cuddler, a people pleaser and a fixer. I loved Nathan and on the other hand I wanted to shake him to stand up for himself.
He did everything for everyone, sweet of course, but he just got lost on the way.

"I was fed up being taken for granted"
Barb ~rede-2-read~
This was a poignantly beautiful love story—the love of a man for his family and the slow build of a solid relationship with another man who happens to be his perfect complement. A word of caution, however: the MCs are stepbrothers. That being said, there’s no hint of incestuous behavior. Neither man knew the other until the story opens when both are adults, and during their first hookup, they didn’t even know the relationship existed. So for those who might be squeamish after reading the blurb, ...more
Rafa Brewster
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars on

I thought Tribute Act had great bones but I can’t say I connected with the story on a particularly deep level. Nathan and Mack were both likeable characters but I just didn’t feel like I got to know them – particularly Mack, as we were only privy to Nathan’s somewhat predictable POV. Despite this, Tribute Act made for an easy, feel-good read and I enjoyed many things about it.

I thought it was refreshing to have a male MC with body image issues
4.5 stars

I've been a huge fan of the Porthkennack books—especially Joanna Chambers' historical contribution last year, A Gathering Storm—so I went into this book confident that I would love it, and it lived up to all my expectations. Tribute Act is a wonderful addition to the Porthkennack collection.

This book is a quiet sort of story, driven entirely by Mack and Nathan, their relationships with each other, their families and the other villagers of Porthkennack. The romance between the two guys i
HEChapter -Tina J
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩

> > Judging a Book by it's Cover < <
Man in foreground, boat on the water behind him. Title in banner and author font are nicely visible. Cover does not seem like it matches the story, but the model caught my eye and got me to read the synopsis. The synopsis is what drew me in to read the book.

> > Looking Deeper < <
POV ~> First person, Nathan's perspective. Epilogue in Mack's POV
Setting: UK

Two guys meet in a gay bar... sounds like the opening line to a joke,
Joyfully Jay
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

Tribute Act follows the books that take place in the Porthkennack world. but can be read on its own. Nathan grew up in the town and then returned when his family needed him. While his family appears to love him, they largely take advantage of him and he’s just starting to realize that. While his sister is ill and needs a liver transplant, Nathan does all of the work with little acknowledgement, but he was treated the same before the illness. A night out leads him
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-mm-reads
4.5 stars
Another lovely story from one of my favourite authors.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Longer review to come.
Enjoyed this one, although I'm still not used to JC doing modern, contemporary romance instead of historical 😀. The epilogue was lovely. 4 stars. ...more
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Danielle  Gypsy Soul
Tribute Act is the 8th book in the Porthkennack Series but can easily be read as a stand alone. This book centers around Nathan who is a fixer and is told from his POV. Nathan likes to take care of people and he is hardwired to fix their problems. He quit his job in London and returned home to save his family's business to the extent that he even gave his inheritance to do so. He is busy taking care of his mother, his sister, his stepdad and the family business and doesn't spend much thought/tim ...more
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
5 Stars

When Nathan’s parents' business gets into trouble and his sister Rosie gets sick, Nathan decides to give up his life and job in marketing and move from London back home to Porthkennack to help run their ice cream parlor. When his stepfather's estranged son, Mack, shows up to be tested to as a possible liver donor for their sister Rosie, Nathan slowly starts to fall in love with him, but he knows once Mack has finished what he came to Porthkennack to accomplish, he’ll pick up and leave, le
3.5 stars

I love Joanna Chambers’ historical novels - Lord Murdo from “Enlightenment” trilogy was - IS - my favorite of her characters - so of course I grabbed at the chance of reading this! Part of “Porthkennack” universe, this contemporary revolved around family unit with three step siblings; two of those are young men of the same age who happened to be attracted to one another. After years of only known each other only by name, Mack and Nathan’s first encounter was way off from what Nathan exp
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.
I enjoyed both the romance and the family drama in the newest addition to the Porthkennack series. This the story of two stepbrothers who meet for the first time as adults, only learning about their family relationship after hooking up together. And their family relationships are pretty messy.
I really loved Nathan. He knows his family’s weaknesses but he holds them all together regardless. And when Mack enters his life, he can
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