Thursday, June 15, 2017

Review: Renewal by Helena Stone

(Dublin Virtues #3)
by Helena Stone
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: June 20, 2017

When everything changes, can renewal bring redemption?

Shane Boyle left Dublin for America burning most of his bridges and with no intention of returning, certain his future lay in Florida. When a family crisis forces him back to the city he grew up in, he knows his life will never be the same again. With his sister close to death, his mother and five-year-old nephew Danny need him not just to be around but also to be the rock they can depend on. Torn between panic about his new responsibilities and despair at his impending loss, love and a relationship are the last thing on his mind.

Chris Anderson left Australia for Dublin ten years ago with no intention of ever going back. For reasons he can’t explain, even to himself, he hasn’t been in a relationship for almost as long as he’s been in Ireland. Now thirty-five-years old, he wonders what happened to his dream of a lasting bond and a family to call his own.

When Shane and Chris hook up one night in a pub, neither knows that the next day they’ll meet again, this time as colleagues in a tattoo parlour. Chris has no idea about Shane’s dodgy past, and Shane can’t figure out the mountain of a man who refuses to take no for an answer. Having to reinvent his whole life is only the start of Shane’s process of renewal. Will Chris turn out to be his saviour or his downfall?

I'm quite skeptical going in to read about Shane and Chris. Shane is the bad guy from Book 1 Patience and a total douchebag to both Troy and Xander. I wonder how will this book redeem his character and make me like him.

Shane came back to Dublin for his family. His sister is on deathbed and Shane had to be his nephew's guardian. Is a lot of responsibilities and burden for a young man like Shane and I can see his life as he know it it totally upheaval. 

Chris is the Australian hottie that works for Troy. He picked up Shane at the bar for a short tryst and when subsequently meet him again while temporary helping out at a tattoo shop, Chris is totally smitten with Shane. The only reason I see why Chris is interested might be due to Shane looking lost, sad and vulnerable? Because Shane is practically standoffish and mopping most of the time.

I blame it on my preconceived notion on Shane and his history. No matter how he seems to be a change man here, he just never do enough to make him redeemable in my eyes. I understand why Chris is still interested despite some warning from Troy and Xander because Chris never experience any of those things before. All he see is a vulnerable man who needs his understanding and help with a little boy. If I actually read this one as a standalone without remembering all his action previously, I might like this more.

Helena Stone can’t remember a life before words and reading. After growing up in a household where no holiday or festivity was complete without at least one new book, it’s hardly surprising she now owns more books than shelf space while her Kindle is about to explode.

The urge to write came as a surprise. The realisation that people might enjoy her words was a shock to say the least. Now that the writing bug has well and truly taken hold, Helena can no longer imagine not sharing the characters in her head and heart with the rest of the world.

Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish Country side she divides her time between reading, writing, long and often wet walks with the dog, her part-time job in a library, a grown-up daughter and her ever loving and patient husband.

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