Lee exchanges skyline for swampland in the next book of her male/male romance series, Roadmap to Your Heart.
Rugged and conventional Callum Montgomery enjoys running Shady Pines hunting preserve, except for the secret that’s eating him alive. When his sister brings a date for a family wedding, he can’t stand the arrogant city slicker with the stick up his perfectly fine ass. He doesn’t understand his draw to Dean, who pushes his buttons at every turn, but he’d never dream of betraying his sibling over some lust fueled fantasy.
Handsome and conscientious Dean Abbott is a research assistant in his university’s biology lab. When his roommate, Cassie, begs him to be her pretend date in front of her meddling family, he begrudgingly agrees to help. He doesn’t anticipate being enchanted by the countryside, the colorful cast of characters, or her sexy and brooding straight brother.
When contempt turns to passion and leads to stolen moments in a sugar cane field, Callum can’t help longing for the kind of connection he believes he can never have. But not even the world’s most heart-melting kiss can bridge the vast philosophical differences between the men.
Dean’s return to his urban lifestyle leaves him restless, his mind continually wandering to the charming setting that spoke to something missing deep inside him. Because you can take the city boy out of the country but you can’t make him forget the intriguing man he left behind.
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About the Author
Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys. She's addicted to lip balm, coffee, and kissing. Because everything is better with kissing. She writes MM Contemporary as well as Adult and New Adult Romance. She believes in happily-ever-afters for all, so reading and writing romance for everybody under the rainbow helps quench her soul. You can find more info on her website: www.christinalee.net. From there you can link to her Facebook reader group called The Swoon Room as well as her IG account and newsletter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.5/5 stars Minor spoilers alert!!! “Don’t think,” he whispered as his fingers wrapped around my neck and his soft lips brushed over mine. “Just feel.” ಌDeanಌ If only things could be that simple. Out in the open, Dean Abbott and Callum Montgomery couldn't avoid riling each other up with their opposing opinions while also educating each other on issues of agriculture, responsible hunting and entomology. Secretly, they shared an explosive chemistry that ultimately proved irresistible. The show they inadvertently gave Gus, the resident albino peacock on the preserve, was super sexy and hinted at even steamier and more intense moments to come. Dean and Callum both want a long-term relationship, but neither could see past the obstacles in their way. What’s it like to have your romantic happiness complicated by your sense of duty to your family’s business and legacy? How long could you keep hiding your sexuality from your family and still be happy with your lot in life? Would you be able to give up living in the country or city for your lover and still feel happy and fulfilled career wise? The Deepest Blue answered those questions very well. Personally, I’m a city girl at heart, but I enjoyed learning what life was like on Callum’s family preserve in Florida. No one expected Cassie's vegetarian, roommate Dean to enjoy his time there so much. But feisty exchanges with Cassie’s older, grumpy, in the closet gay brother Callum and beautiful male bonding time with Cassie’s younger teenage brother Billie really touched Dean’s heart. His time with the Montgomery family reminded him of what he longed to have someday in addition to his research career – his own special someone and a supportive family. ‘Life was funny sometimes. Sneaking up on you when you least expected it and making everything feel more exhilarating and yet heavier at the same time.’ ಌDeanಌ The way Dean and Callum’s story ended left me grinning hugely in delight. I’m so glad that I picked their love story as my first read of 2016. And someday, I hope readers will find out what happens to young Billie and his older brother Braden as well. Hint, hint…
What a unique setting! I've never read a story set on a game preserve in the heart of the Florida swampland before (complete with alligators and the like). I wasn't sure at first how I felt about it (though it grew on me). Which is pretty much how Dean feels too, so I could definitely relate to his character. He's from the city, and there is no doubt that at first it's easy to stereotype Callum as a redneck (even though he has never felt that way about Cassie). But Callum, who first plays up to that stereotype just to get a rise out of Dean, is quick to show that he's really a very intelligent and thoughtful man. He's somewhat reserved (due to the necessity of keeping his sexual orientation under wraps) but a caring person who is deeply attached to his family. As a teenager he pushed Cassie away due to his own feelings of confusion, fearing that his family wouldn't accept him not being straight. And even now, it's a strong concern for him as he worries about the effect coming out would have on their business. But Dean is able to get past those barriers. Though at first they dance around each other so to speak, when in private, a moment comes when neither of them is willing to walk away, and it's in that moment that Callum discovers that while Dean might be 'dating' his sister, it's really just a front for the sake of their family. And when Dean breaks down and reveals the truth, Callum returns the favour and they agree that while Dean is out with the family, they will spend as much time together privately as they can. The result is some steamy , sultry love scenes as the two connect on an intimate level. Cassie's family makes up the bulk of the secondary characters including her father, her grandmother, and her brother Billie, a teenage epileptic, who is a sweet and lovable young man whom Dean connects with as well. Callum's responsibilities to his younger brother, and to the livelihood of their family business weigh heavily on him, and make him feel as though his personal choices will always come second. Dean makes Callum realize that staying in the closet does no one any favours, least of all himself, and I was glad to see him getting the courage to finally reveal to Cassie why he'd driven her away, and start to take charge of his own happiness again. Which isn't to say that he hasn't been happy, just that there's always been a gaping hole in his life, one that Dean is rapidly filling. I really liked how the two of them seemed at first to be so opposite but in fact found a lot of common ground over the course of the story. We get some city scenes as well to go with the country life, and some amusing encounters with Dean's friends in the gay community. The conflict is fairly predictable but well written, and the happy ending that comes along eventually is worth the wait. With some lighthearted moments, fairly low angst and a sweet and sexy romance, it's a worthy addition to the series. 4 stars.