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Wayward Love

(Cedarwood Beach #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  61 reviews
He’s a ray of sunshine, but he’s my son’s best friend.

My life has had three modes since my wife passed away.
And work.

And I’m not even any good at that.
Unless I find the money I owe everyone, only a miracle can keep my bar afloat.

Until he comes into my life.

Kyle Brady.

I’ve never looked at another man the same way I look at him.
It’s a dangerous feeling.
Somehow I
Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published June 27th 2020 by Rhys Writes Romance
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Ed Davis
Jul 04, 2020 rated it liked it
It was a cute story, just not very original. Kyle falls for Andy who is the grumpy but super hot father of his best friend. Of course, keeping their love affair a secret is a bad idea. And the fall out right before the end of the book is predictable. It is low angst and does have a little too much inner monologue, but not so much it ruins the book.

There is a second epilogue that you can get free from Rhys Everly. It takes place 2 years after the end of the book so that was a nice bonus.
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Cute story

This was my first read by this author and I enjoyed the story. Kyle was a fabulous character, full of happiness and sunshine, he was a scene stealer for sure. Andy was far more troubled and he struggled to take risks and balancing his family, his business, his happiness and his love for Kyle. There were some bumps along the way but it all worked out in the end and was a nice HEA.
Kendra T
Jul 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, borrowed
Kyle was so fun. He was a great character, and I loved how he was just himself. Andy is the dad of Kyle's best friend. He has been grieving for his late wife for the last 5 years, but there is something about Kyle that makes him start to feel happy again. Kyle is working for Andy as part of a school project, but it is clear that the two of them have great chemistry. I loved watching Andy come to terms with being in a relationship again, and I just loved Kyle. Great story. ...more
Karolina Cebula
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Wayward Love" is the second volume in "Cedarwood Beach" by Rhys Everly, and to be honest, I think this part is even better than the previous one. Let's start with the main characters. Believe me, the first time we meet them in this novel, we fall in love with them. Although we've already met Andy in the previous volume, "Fresh Start", we've seen him mostly as Leo's grumpy brother and always angry widower. In "Wayward Love" we get to know him better and really start to love him. What's more, we ...more
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm a huge fan of May/December relationships and with a premise promising an intelligent, driven young man and an older man that needs new perspective and life breathed into his existence, I had high, high hopes for this story. I'll admit that I'm less of a fan of the author's stories under their other pen name and I figured I'd give them another chance. I wish it had worked out.

Kyle had exuberance that he let run away with him at every single turn. For being so smart he was so very unaware of h
Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews
Wayward Love is a fabulous book by Rhys Everly. Everything about this best friend's father romance calls to me and consumed me throughout.

This story is set up through a work arrangement devised by Nathan, as he pairs his father with his best friend, Kyle. Andy is the owner of a struggling bar. When Kyle needs to help a business for a college course, cue the fun.

First, I love Kyle's friendship with Nathan. Hell, you can't beat a friendship where you can call one another Dildo out of love. Second
Ravenclaw Silverstripe
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this one! I don't know if I have read previous books from this author, but I will be doing so now. I will say that this is the second book in a series, but I did not read the previous book before, and I did not feel that it was necessary to do so. However, I will be going back and checking it out because I loved the writing and story.

Now, Age Gap romances are some of my favorites and when combined with best friend's sibling, or in this case father, and BFY (Bi For You, which i
Cee Brown
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
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(¸.•´ (¸.•`My first foray into Cedarwood Beach will definitely NOT be my last.★*´¨✫*

Being a "city" girl, I learned all about small town living from spending summers on the family island. There is nothing better than small town life. The author penned a delightful book about finding love in unexpected places. Just reading about this fictional town made me want too visit.

When Kyle found himself on the verge of flunking his degree, his best friend Nathan stepped in, offering h
Tammy Jones
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Andy is a man in trouble...he lost his wife to cancer 5 years ago, his business is failing, and all he does is work. He knows he needs help but he refuses to burden anyone else with his problems. Kyle is the best friend of Andy's son and is in a bit of trouble himself. If he can't find a business to help out for his senior thesis, he won't be able to pass his class. Nathan, Andy's son, suggests Kyle help Andy's a win-win, right?? Kyle doesn't know how he will be able to work with Andy a ...more
Stephanie W
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When someone rolls into your life in unexpected ways.

Andy - struggling to keep his business afloat. He hasn't found a crevice where money isn't owed. The last thing he needs right now is to have someone breeze in to his life like a breath of fresh air. Nathan, his best friend, sends in the one man who will try and change everything... his very own son. Not exactly the best of ideas. Especially since he is supposed to be straight? He can't possibly have any feelings for his guy. Completely off li
Amanda D
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have to admit to having mixed feelings about this book. Overall, the storyline is adorable, the relationship development between Kyle and Andy is a mixture of hot and sweet, and the twists and turns make it a worthy read. Add in the fact that Andy has never had feelings for a man before and falls in love with his son’s best friend who is 20 years younger, and you have a solid plot to explore.

My issue with this book is with some o
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
I loved this 2nd book in the Cedarwood Beach series. It is an age gap, best friend’s dad, bisexual awakening book with steamy rendezvous trysts. This book can be read as a stand-alone within the series, but the characters from book one are interwoven throughout the story so the books are best read in order. Andy is a widower who is trying to keep his bar afloat, but he is barely succeeding. Kyle is a senior in college and best friends with Andy’s son, Nathan, who has to do a senior project on a ...more
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Whoever said you only get one soulmate in a lifetime, never met Kyle. Andy is a widower entering mid-life after raising his kids and losing his one and only love Lucy six years earlier to cancer. He's a man swimming in debt with a failing business weighing heavily on his shoulders. He's working non-stop but can't see the light at the limitless end of his life's tunnel. Help! And that's what he desperately needs is HELP.
He needs someone with a good business acumen to help him. Andy is stuck with
Anna Torres
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Andy’s life is complicated right now. He is about to lose his baby. His bar has been his baby for fifteen years and he is about to lose it. He is at a loss as to what to do. But he is too proud to ask for help, instead whenever someone offers new ideas or tries to help, he snaps at them. One person in particular, Kyle.

Kyle needs to do a project to keep himself in honors at school. At the last minute, the company who supposedly will take him decided not to. Now, he is at a loss. His professor gav
Amy Stauffer
Change can be scary, hard, but it can also be freeing, exhilarating, and sometimes necessary. Any has been in this stagnate phase since his wife died five years ago. His business is failing, and no one knows about. He is too afraid that they’ll see the failure he believes he is. Kyle needs a small business for a senior project. Nathan, Kyle’s bff and Andy’s son, sets Kyle up to do his project at his dad’s bar. Could this work? Could they help each other out?

What if more starts developing?

I wasn
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Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Andy is a widower and a father of three kids. It’s been five years since his wife died and his heart hasn’t healed. The business they owned together is also suffering. Andy is in debt and in real danger of losing his bar.
Enter Kyle.
Kyle is Andy’s son best friend, he’s studying business and ends up working for Andy in order to complete a project for college.
This is an age gap romance set in a small town that totally won my heart.
Both characters are realistic and beautifully written. I could real
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A man crushed by his losses gets a second chance

After his wife's death, Andy has let his life go on automatic, and it's grinding toward collapse. When Kyle, his son's best friend volunteers to help get his business back on track and avert calamity, it seems too wonderful. Especially since he is fascinated by Kyle. What's he thinking - he has 3 kids! Kyle is unashamedly openly and flamboyantly gay. He just needs an internship where he can help improve a business to complete his degree. But he has
Jun 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I was lucky enough to try this new-to-me author's work through an ARC provided by Gay Romance Reviews. I couldn't quite connect to Andy because for someone who identified himself as straight for his life so far, he met Kyle and felt instant attraction/curiosity. Despite his attraction, he was kinda a jerk to Kyle for the first quarter of the book. Kyle carried the book for me honestly. He was instantly attracted to Andy but struggled with potentially hurting his friend Nathan (Andy's son), the c ...more
Angie Juarez
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book made me want to go find Andy's bar and share a drink with the whole group. Andy is in need of so much help but unwilling to ask for it. Then sassy Kyle is kinda forced on him and Andy's life is never the same. Andy and Kyle try to resist they're sizzling chemistry since Kyle and Andy's son are best friends. But it is impossible. They are so sweet, funny and steamy together. Kyle brings the sunshine to Andy's gloomy/grumpy life, reviving not only Andy's bar but also Andy himself. It was ...more
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-read
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Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Back to the town of Cedarwood Beach with Rhys Everly.
This book features Andy, a 43 years old, straight widower, struggling to keep his bar open and completely lost after his late wife death. When his older son's best friend goes to work for him, he not only saves his business, but he turns Andy's life completely upside down. Their mutual attraction is too strong to ignore, but they both fear Andy's son reaction so they start a secret relationship...
The book is funny and romantic, and steamy, too
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
This is a well written age gap romance between the sunshine guy, Kyle and the grumpy older guy, Andy. It’s complicated seeing us Kyle is Andy’s sons best friend and that does lead to some angst later in the story. Adding to their issues is Andy’s bi awakening and how he handles that. So a lot going on that needs to be resolved before they get their HEA.
I really enjoyed the story arc and was fully engaged with the characters. Their chemistry is pretty much instant and when they gave into it the
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A breezy love

I want to visit Cedarwood Beach and have a drink at Andy’s bar, especially if Kyle and the whole family are invited. I adore Kyle’s spirit, feistiness and how he makes me smile. He’s a force of nature that breezes in and makes everyone and everything better. Andy, though, I must admit made me want to shake him at times. His cloudy grumpiness almost hid the most wonderful ray of sunshine in his life. Thank the Lady Goddess for best friends, a family that never says no to love, romant
Janet Hunt
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet, angsty age gap romance. Andy is a grumpy bar owner who lost his wife and is struggling to keep his bar afloat. Kyle is a college student who needs a marketing project to finish a class. He also is Andy’s sons’ best friend. Andy is torn between trying to save his bar, hiding his relationship with Kyle, and keeping his family from finding out he may not be so straight as everyone thinks. The yin/yang in this story was horrible for poor Kyle. It was good age gap romance, definitel ...more
Audrey Pott
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The blurb says it all so just know Rhys’s words were descriptive, insightful, family, angst, in fact the intensity of the story mixed with complexity of the characters and a roller coaster ride of emotions had me captivated. There were times I wanted to throttle Andy, the chemistry between Andy and Kyle was explosive. So many loveable characters I can’t wait for Nathan’s story.

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book for my honest opinions of which I’m under no obligation to do so. I definitel
Lyndsay TC
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Andy and Kyle absolutely captured my heart in this best friend's dad romance. Andy didn't realize how much of his life was passing him by and how his grumpiness was affecting his relationship with his kids and his bar. Kyle being the fresh breathe of air Andy tried resisting both professionally and personally was exactly what everyone needed to get back on track and move forward to the future. There was of course the break up scene that broke my heart but as things tend to do in romances, Andy a ...more
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hot, lonely dad and his 🍺 business need fixin'😉

I liked the writing, the small-town setting and this age-gap couple. Bar-owning family man Andy is set in his ways and stubborn; young business student Kyle is the out-and-proud breath of fresh air Andy's dying business and his romantically desolate existence need. It's got a good mix of steaminess, romance, and drama, with just the right amount of obstacles and angst. 👍

I read a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary a
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
They're imperfect. You'll roll your eyes at them. You might just yell at your book, "Why? Why did you do that?!" And you'll love seeing Kyle and Andy come together. Coming back to Cedarwood Beach is like coming home with an amazing family, a kick-ass yaya, and perfectly imperfect characters for us to enjoy some time with. Looking forward to seeing what happens next and checking in on Kyle and Andy (Wayward Love) and Leo and Dawson (Fresh Start)!!!

I received an ARC. It made the story even better
Amber Antus
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great read. Andy and Kyle were made for each other. I loved the best friend's dad story line. At times I wanted to shake some sense into them about the lying but that just shows you how emotionally involved I got with the characters. Of course the cameos of the characters from the first book as well as the whole Karaganis family. The relationships in this book were amazing and I was so happy that we finally met Maya. The bisexual awakening was done very well and the scenes between Andy an ...more
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Rhys Everly-Lawless is a hopeless romantic who loves happily-ever-afters.
Which would explain why he loves writing them.

When he's not passionately typing out his next book, you can find him cuddling his dog, feeding his husband, or taking long walks letting those plot bunnies breed ferociously in his head.

He writes contemporary gay romances as Rhys Everly and LGBTQ+ urban fantasy and paranormal rom

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