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The Hideaway Inn

(Seasons of New Hope #1)

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Carina Adores is home to highly romantic contemporary love stories featuring beloved romance tropes, where LGBTQ+ characters find their happily-ever-afters.

No one in the charming river town of New Hope, Pennsylvania, needs to know that Vince Amato plans on flipping The Hideaway Inn to the highest bidder and returning to his luxury lifestyle in New York City. He needs to ma
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Published May 26th 2020 by Carina Adores
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I so wanted to like The Hideaway Inn by new-to-me author Philip William Stover, but it was hard for me to get through.

Vince was a shockingly unlikable character. He physically made me cringe, and I didn't enjoy anything about him. He felt toxic, and I wasn't rooting for the couple to get together. I think he had too many unresolved issues and wasn't emotionally ready for a relationship. I wanted him in therapy rather than in a romance book.

I also struggled with the writing. It felt stilted and
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Carmen


I used to think the painted boy was weak, like I was as a kid. But I realize now he isn't weak at all. Being a man isn't something you become or something you show people. I don't know what it is. I used to think it was the most important thing in the world. If I was a man, I could be safe. I wouldn't have my fate decided by the people around me. If I could be a man, in the way the world wanted me to be, maybe I would be worthy of love. 83%

You guys. Harlequin has a line of queer romance! How did
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Yna the Mood Reader
"But what does it mean? Was it the ending to something that started a long time ago or was it an invitation to a beginning?"

📚 Series? Yes. Book 1 of Seasons Of New Hope.
📚 Genre? LGBT Contemporary.
📚 POV? Dual POV.
📚 Cliffhanger? No.

⚠ Content Warnings:  Homophobia. Use of a slur (addressed in author's note). Bullying. Lots and lots of sexual content.
⚠ Book Tags :  Gay main character. Bisexual main character. Non binary rep. Trans rep. Second chance romance. Small town. Forced proximity
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charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
On my blog.

Rep: gay mc, bi mc, wheelchair-using Indian American wlw side character, trans wlw side character, wlw side character, nonbinary side characters

Galley provided by publisher

About a quarter of the way through this book, I started hate-reading this book. And that’s because the main character said of the love interest “I can’t help toying with his insecurity”. If you think I can sympathise with a character who thinks this, you got another think coming.

Up until then, the main character
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Alex (HEABookNerd)
Series: Seasons of Hope #1
Rating: 3 stars -it was good

One Sentence Summary: When Vince Amato returns home to flip a struggling restaurant and Inn, the last thing he expects is to reconnect with his old crush Tack O’Leary.

THE HIDEAWAY INN was a bit of a struggle for me and I have some mixed feelings about it. I'll start with the good -- the writing was great and I really liked Stover's voice. New Hope really comes alive and the descriptions of the town and surrounding areas were beautiful. I al
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Sol ~ TheBookishKing
Apr 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
how do i unread a book
Eugenia
I was so very excited to read this novel. It looked perfect for these times: a cozy romance, one of second chances. What I got was more angsty than cozy. What I got was more do-over than romance. In short, this felt forced.

I felt the author pushing the characters to behave how he wanted them to behave rather than letting them do their own thing. Had they done their own thing, though, there wouldn't have been a novel because one MC would have told the other MC off early on.

So, the MC's...one I di
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Zoe
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Hideaway Inn is a tender, sweet, second-chance romance that I devoured in one sitting and really enjoyed and I can't wait to read about the next romance that sparks in the Seasons of New Hope series. ...more
George
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Hideaway Inn (Seasons of New Hope #1) by Philip William Stover is a 5 star read. It’s an extraordinary gay m/m romance novel that deserves to be read and reread.

In choosing The Hideaway Inn to initiate their new monthly series, Harlequin-Carina Adores has set a high bar to meet for all those books that follow.

The Hideaway Inn is one of the best character driven novels I’ve read in a very long time. The principal characters, Vince Amato and Tack O’Leary, are wonderful. And practically everyo
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Erika
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, netgalley, ebook
Thanks to Netgalley for a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
This was a really sweet story about characters with real world issues. Vince is back in the town he grew up in to try and revive an inn so he can flip it and sell it to a chain and make back some millions. He doesn't expect to run into his childhood crush Tack and all the feelings that his presence revives.
Vince was bullied quite badly as a teen and Tack never acknowledged him in school or stood up for him, so there
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Roberta Blablanski
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, arc-for-review
2.5 rounded up to 3

"It's not you, it's me."

How many times has that line been used in books or in real life to convey a person's incompatibility with a love interest? There's typically nothing wrong with the other person, and there most certainly is someone out there who can better appreciate their qualities.

That's exactly how I feel about The Hideaway Inn, and my feelings have me conflicted. Honestly, I couldn't put it down; I had to continue reading because I hoped for redemption. Unfortunately
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Sara
I wanted very much to like this book more than I did. And it's another candidate for the "Books that make you go hmmmm" shelf because I can't quite put my finger on what didn't work. On its surface the story of Tack and Vince, teenage friends with a difficult past who reconnect as adults, is a really lovely second chance romance. But there's a level of suspension of disbelief here that I just couldn't adjust to.

Vince had a rough go of it as a kid. Though he was secure in his sexuality he was sti
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Liber_Lady
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars for Tack

This is a second chance/ enemies to lovers romance between Tack and Vince. Vince is the primary protagonist of the story. He used to be bullied in high school, and our other MC used to be his friend who didn't stand up for him when people bullied him for being gay.

Now, in the present, because of how Vince was bullied, he has turned himself into a very hyper-masculine guy who is built and full of muscles, doesn't show emotions, is an asshole to people, and dresses only in suits.
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Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Carina Adores for access to this book. One of my favourite tropes is a second chance romance and this one didn’t disappoint. Vince returns to his hometown to flip an Inn in need of repair so he can make money and head back to his life in NYC. Enter Tack, the boy Vince had a crush on for years. Tack has remained in their hometown and is a beloved member of the community. Sparks fly and a great romance begins. I flew through this book! Looking forward to more great books from this imp ...more
Kat
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
I loved the blurb and the book did not disappoint. Vince needs to make a profit by flipping The Hide Away Inn he recently purchased. If successful, this will get him out of the financial hole he is in and allow him to return to the life style he craves in New York City. He hates returning to New Hope, PA where as a child he was horribly bullied.
Naturally he bumps into the one man he hopes to never see again. Tack is a farmhand who has been taking classes on cooking. He rescues Vince whe
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Jill DEARMAN
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stover's prose is charming and hilarious. There are laugh out loud lines I am still cracking up over and tender scenes that still move me to tears. This is a fabulous gay romance to read during these tough times. Escapist fun but with soul, you feel me? As someone who came of age during the AIDS crisis and lost so many brothers to AIDS, I can't tell you how happy this book made me. It is just so filled with joy. If you love gay men at their most romantic and hysterical (in both senses of the wor ...more
Carley Moore
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this sweet little romance! Also, final a gay romance written by a gay author! I'm really loving the move towards "own voices" for the genre. Let's keep it going and support this super cute and fun read! ...more
Shivanee Ramlochan
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I understand that many readers are turned off by the portrayal of one of the main characters as a toxic, entitled prototypical alpha male, yet this was one of the novel's most curious and risk-taking formulas for me. There are all sorts of reasons people are drawn to reading romance novels, and analyzing the unpalatable, damaging aspects of the human psyche might not be one of them.

This, though, is how I spent my time with Vince, thinking about his incredible woundedness, and the further damage
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Roger Hyttinen
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Hideaway Inn in a character-driven LGBT romance that follows Vince Amato.  We learn that as a child, Vince was bullied quite severely because of his sexuality.  The moment he graduated, he blew town, and during his years away, completely reinvented himself from the skinny, frightened kid he used to be to a domineering muscular power alpha.  

Now he’s back, but only because he recently purchased an inn called The Hideaway Inn.  He plans to renovate the inn, flip it, make a gigantic profit, and
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Charlotte
Vince has spent a lot of time recreating himself. He was bullied when he was a kid then let down by a person he thought was a close friend. He fled “New Hope” as soon as he could and became a strong man, physically and emotionally. At least, that’s what he thought before he headed back to flip an old, run-down Inn. Vince figures that he can get in and out of New Hope after a few months… unscathed by his old life and old connections.

When Vince returns to New Hope he immediately runs into the “fri
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Joyfully Jay
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kris
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.25 stars


This book is part of the new Carina Adores line, and it certainly lives up to the tropey romance the line promises. I had some definite issues with the story as a whole, but going in I expected some of the formulaic plot progression and there’s a definite comfort in that.

While the story is told largely through Vince’s first person POV, there are some chapters in Tack’s POV as well. I would have liked to see a better balance between the two, as it was mostly Vince
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BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
For kids who were unpopular in high school, returning to your hometown should only be under a flag of success with your head held high. Returning with your tail tucked between your legs and still flying the rainbow coloured flag is not how Vince Amato wanted to return. He's made a success of himself in the "big city" NY. A couple of questionable career limiting moves later and a risky business deal, he seems to have lost it all. His only hope to rise from the ashes and return to NYC is to flip a ...more
Henna
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Based on the blurb and imprint, I expected a romantic, sweet and cuddly romance to warm up my heart. However, The Hideaway Inn is nothing like that: it's hardly sweet and barely a romance, I'd describe it more like erotica with feelings because there's plenty of sex and Vince seems to spend half of the time describing how sexy he, Tack and any other guy he comes across are. Now, there's nothing wrong with that and if the characters had been great, I wouldn't had any squabbles.

While Tack is a gr
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Gustaf
There were things that I loved about this book and there were things that I found really problematic about this book. So I won't go in too much more details than saying that. I don't have the energy to write another borderline grumpy review this week...

Might come back for a better review later.
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Sarah
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Somehow, this story was not written for me. I found the main character unbelievable and the chemistry none-existant. I loved the setting and the side characters, but the fact that it took me six months to finish this gay romance should tell you all there is to say... It has potential, but it really did not grab me.
Minka Guides
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it


If you’re looking for a good MM romance novel that you can sink your teeth into during our current ‘staycation’, then grab a copy of this new book. I identified with Vince’s journey a lot: New Yorker returning to the small town that he grew up in, carrying a lot of pain from the abuse he received for being gay. He’s done a lot to put it all behind him – perhaps a little too much. Of course, the first person he runs into is Tack, the boy next door who was the object of his teen affection. They ha
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Nikki
Jun 11, 2020 added it
Shelves: hoopla, audiobook
DNF because I hate Vince
Caz
I've given this a B for narration and a C for content at AudioGals.

The Hideaway Inn is one of the first titles published in the new Carina Adores imprint from Carina Press, which they’ve introduced as a trope-driven LGBTQ+ contemporary romance line. They’re publishing one title per month and each will be available in audio as well as in print, and I’m definitely planning on picking up more of them over time. The Hideaway Inn is a small-town, enemies-to-lovers/second chance love story, and while
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Shaundra
I have to say, I love this town! I wish I could live there. The author paints a beautiful scene of a place where love is love thrives, a mantra I strive for with how I live my life.

Two star-crossed, would-be lovers reconnect when one of them returns to his hometown to rebuild his financial fortune after buying an old inn. He hopes to make it into a success so he can flip it to the highest bidder. What starts as a cold-hearted business move, quickly turns on its head when the one he held his hea
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Cassie Luellman
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a cute, sweet and heartwarming romance set in a small town. Tack and Vince were friendly in high school and when Vince moves back to town they are having to deal with the issues from their past as well as their feelings for each other. This book also has a really great message that I think will resonate with a lot of people. The author does have a content warning at the beginning of the story explaining why he chose to include the derogatory F word in his book. It is only in one sce ...more
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Philip William Stover splits his time between Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and New York City. He has an MFA in writing and is a clinical professor at New York University.

As a freelance journalist, his essays and reviews have appeared in Newsday, the Forward, the Tony Awards, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Houston Chronicle, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and other national publications. For
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