Book Review: Stronger Than Longing by Katherine McIntyre

Stronger Than Longing

Author: Katherine McIntyre
Series: Chesapeake Days, book 3
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing (October 22, 2022)
Kindle edition, 267 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary M/M Romance




Rating: 5 out of 5.

My heart breaks for Taran and for Silas, both so damaged in their own ways with issues that ping off the other’s own insecurities. Gah, the DRAMA! I don’t feel like we got much of Taran’s character in the first two books, so I was glad to get to know him better this time around.

The chemistry between Taran and Silas is just… explosive. I love that Taran has all these hidden depths that just keep surprising Silas over and over. Somehow they manage to be a slow burn despite (sort of?) starting out as a one night stand. EXPLAIN TO ME HOW THAT CAN BE?! It’s like, “Hey, we banged right out of the gate, but now this romance is a slow burn – enjoy the torture.” And what sweet, sweet torture it is.

This book deals with some really hard topics, like death of a parent, abandonment by a parent, unexpected fatherhood… And yet it’s so soft and sweet. I love that Taran, when confronted with Silas’ emotional damage, instead of having some cliched miscommunication to throw a wrench in the romantic storyline just calmly and firmly says exactly the right thing and stands with the person he loves. Nate does this in the first book in the series, Stronger Than Hope, and it is just so beautiful and refreshing to see characters in a romance actually communicate with each other in a healthy way. And don’t be fooled by all this mushy stuff – the chemistry between Silas and Taran is SUPER HOT, and Taran is (surprisingly for Silas, haha) way more adventurous in bed than his outward demeanor might lead someone to believe!

This is the third book in the Chesapeake Days series, and while it could technically be read as a standalone I really recommend reading the other two books first.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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