Book Review: The Real Thing by Elle Keaton

The Real Thing

Author: Elle Keaton
Series: West Coast Forensics, book 5
Publisher: Independent (November 24, 2022)
Kindle edition
Romance, Adult contemporary M/M romance


An oblivious prince wishes for his knight in shining armor. His knight has been under his nose all along, will he claim him before it’s too late for them both?
As deeply as he craves his own fairy tale happily-ever-after, resort owner Cody Prescott doesn’t have time for a relationship. That doesn’t stop him from crushing on most men on Piedras. Luckily for him, they’re emotionally unavailable or already taken, so he doesn’t have to worry about getting attached.

Wade Buckner, the island’s handiest handyman, is tired of waiting for Cody to wake up and realize Wade is the man for the job. He’s ready and willing to rescue Cody from just about anything, even questionable hotel guests.

The Harvest Feast is the kick-off for the resort’s one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary and they have a full house. But something sinister is afoot at the resort, something that even his knight might not be able to rescue Cody from.

Are they trying to kill him, put him out of business, or both?

#grumpy-sunshine #FamilyHistory #OnlyOneBed

The Real Thing, book five in the West Coast Forensics series, is dual POV and follows Cody and Wade all the way to their happy ending. Can be read as a standalone but might be better enjoyed if you start with Real Trouble, first in the WCF series. 


Rating: 5 out of 5.

GUHHHH this might be my favorite of all the West Coast Forensics books so far. *heart eyes*

Oh, Cody! Oh, Wade! I just want to smoosh their stupid heads together and say “NOW KISS.” The intense amount of mutual pining is painfully delicious. They’re total opposites (very much a grumpy/sunshine romance!) but in a way that means they compliment each other perfectly. And then they both are pining after the other thinking there’s no way he’d ever look at me, he deserves so much better, when the only thing each of them wants is the other. UGH, just gutted. The chemistry between them is fire and they’re definitely my favorite couple of the series (which has a lot of really great couples!)

This is the fifth book in the West Coast Forensics series. While it could *technically* be read as a stand-alone, I recommend reading at least the first book in the Veiled Intentions series (Conspiracy Theory) as well as the other West Coast Forensics books – you’ll just appreciate Cody so much more that way, haha! There are also a LOT of characters, so if you jump right in with this one you’ll likely feel a bit lost.

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

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