Reviewed by Donna
TITLE: Don’t Let Go
SERIES: Evergreen Grove #6
AUTHOR: Elisabeth Staab
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 209 Pages
RELEASE DATE: January 23, 2018
Left behind by everyone he’s ever loved, Alonzo Grover lives as if there’s no future. The discovery of a letter from his deceased boyfriend breaks him out of his rut and spurs him to right an old wrong, but the local stick-in-the-mud sheriff’s lieutenant seems determined to ruin all his plans.
Lieutenant Sebastian Haas despises tangling with his small town’s most promiscuous party kid. Alonzo’s youth and recklessness drive him crazy in more ways than one… As does the uncomfortable secret they share. But when Haas’s estranged family arrives in town to throw a wedding he wants no part of, he ends up jumping into Alonzo’s car to avoid everyone.
Together, they wind up on an unexpected road trip. When they hit one setback after another, it looks like they might kill each other before they make it back home. Unless they find something better to do than fight.
This is a series made up of a mix of m/f and m/m books. For those readers who prefer to stick solely with the all-man lovin’ rest assured that these books can be read as standalones. This is the second book that I’ve read from the Evergreen Grove series and after reading that previous story, this book, Sebastian Haas’s book, is the one that I was really wanting to read.
Poor, poor Sebastian Haas. This guy just can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to love. In the previous m/m book of the series, Sebastian Haas was the sometimes bed partner of one of the main characters, a man who wasn’t interested in anything serious with our unfortunate law enforcement officer. After being introduced to Haas in that story, and witnessing the guy get his heart a little bruised, I was hanging out to see him find a man who would be the one for him. But instead we begin this book with Haas doing his best to avoid his sister, who is marrying the closeted love of Haas’s life, the asshole who freaked out about being gay and left Haas to marry his sister instead. Meanwhile Haas also has to deal with Alonzo, his current crush, who spends all of his time getting into the pants of everyone except Haas. I may, just may, have gotten rather teary eyed over lonely, isolated Lieutenant Haas. The guy is just desperate for someone to want HIM, but the fact that he’s closeted doesn’t really help the situation. As for Alonzo, that man also has some understandable issues with relationships, but I really liked him for Haas. I love all of the characters in this series, even the secondary characters, m/f couples that have already had their stories told, are relatable and loveable. The author uses all of her characters well to progress the relationship between our two MCs, and the overall plotline.
My only complaint would be that the road trip that Haas and Alonzo set out on felt rather unfinished. Not pointless, because it obviously allowed the men to spend time getting to know each other, but what was set up to be a major confrontation, and the whole point of the journey, ended with a fizzle, rather than any excitement. And, yes, the author later finished off that plot arc in a very spectacular fashion, but I adore a good road trip story, and unfortunately I felt as though there was nothing at the end of this journey.
Overall I’m a definite fan of this author’s work, and of Evergreen Grove in particular. I’ll certainly keep an eye out for future releases.