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Hurricane Reese

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An endearing interracial love story, defying the boundaries of a religiously conservative family and a musical star's ailing grandfather.

Synopsis

The life of Tony-winning musician Reese Matheson resembles a natural disaster, and caregiver Jude De La Torre is caught in the eye of the storm. But can the love of two opposites survive caring for an ornery octogenarian with wayward balls and a meddling family insistent upon tradition? Fresh off the successful London run of his musical, the last thing Reese expects when he comes home is a house surrounded by paparazzi and his girlfriend throwing his stuff into the pool. All he wants to do is spend time with his beloved grandfather and musical mentor who suffers from Alzheimer’s. Reese knows he doesn’t have much time left before the elder Matheson forgets who he is. In classic “Hurricane Reese” form, he moves into the cottage by the sea and displaces Jude, the intriguing caregiver he hired two years before. When Grandpa proves too much for Reese to handle on his own, Jude comes to his rescue, taming Grandpa… and the Hurricane as well. Soon all Reese can think about is how to get Jude out of his scrubs and into his bed―permanently. Will Hurricane Reese destroy everything in his path, or will this odd couple learn to harmonize together?

Going into this book, I didn’t quite know what to expect, but it’s exactly what the summary explains, as you will see. Reese Matheson and Jude De la Torre are the personification of opposites attract. They both come from completely different walks of life and their organized and serious versus carefree and messy personalities make them that much more of a pair for each other. What really ties the two men together, though, is Reese’s aging grandfather, Mr.Matheson. He lives in a cottage where Jude takes care of him part time before conflict arises between Jude and Reese. Jude has formed an extremely close bond with Mr.Matheson during the time he’s been caring for him.


The connection and romance moved a bit too fast in my opinion, especially considering a fresh breakup and Reese’s rumored dating and sexual activities and Jude’s heightened cautiousness. They went from careful and hesitant to forgoing all limits they set and just going for it in under a month. I anticipated Reese’s ex, Jada, would have more of a presence, and should have, since she was so dependent on using his fame to boost her own. Jada does present a couple of road blocks early in the impending romance between Jude and Reese, trying to get in the way of Reese’s happiness, but the moment passes at neck-breaking speed. That makes room for the story’s main road blocks in Jude and Reese’s romance: Jude’s big, strictly Catholic family, his desire for low-key private intimacy, and figuring out how to come out to those closest to both men.


The intensity of emotions and tension of a new flame is to be expected, but sometimes it is approached with a heavy hand and abandons certain characters’ actions or reactions that would be in line with their previous behavior, particularly Jude and sometimes his brother. Still, the most prominent characters in the story are well developed and the establishment of Filipino culture is tastefully done, but the pace of the plot and establishing time could be slightly better. Other than that, readers who enjoy California beach vibes and unconventional romances might like Hurricane Reese.



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Synopsis

The life of Tony-winning musician Reese Matheson resembles a natural disaster, and caregiver Jude De La Torre is caught in the eye of the storm. But can the love of two opposites survive caring for an ornery octogenarian with wayward balls and a meddling family insistent upon tradition? Fresh off the successful London run of his musical, the last thing Reese expects when he comes home is a house surrounded by paparazzi and his girlfriend throwing his stuff into the pool. All he wants to do is spend time with his beloved grandfather and musical mentor who suffers from Alzheimer’s. Reese knows he doesn’t have much time left before the elder Matheson forgets who he is. In classic “Hurricane Reese” form, he moves into the cottage by the sea and displaces Jude, the intriguing caregiver he hired two years before. When Grandpa proves too much for Reese to handle on his own, Jude comes to his rescue, taming Grandpa… and the Hurricane as well. Soon all Reese can think about is how to get Jude out of his scrubs and into his bed―permanently. Will Hurricane Reese destroy everything in his path, or will this odd couple learn to harmonize together?

“Jada, honey, can we please just—”

SPLASH!

Reese Matheson had been arguing with his girl and banging on the front door of his condo for twenty minutes, and it seemed she’d finally gone ahead with her threats.

“Shit.”

Reese flew down the steps and around their unit to the pool in time to see his photo album plummet over the railing of their balcony and into the deep end to join his surfboard.

Reese focused on his family pictures, quickly sinking to the bottom. He climbed over the iron fence that surrounded the pool, dove in fully clothed, and swam frantically to collect his precious photos. As he surfaced he could practically see the fire in Jada’s eyes as she hurled a stack of his songbooks over the rail.

“You love those books more than anything! Now you can swim with them.”

On and on it went. She continued to clear the bookshelves of his irreplaceable music collection. He halfheartedly begged her to stop. She tossed them over into the pool. He rescued them. A crowd formed. Paparazzi snapped pictures…. Suddenly Reese knew exactly why this was happening.

The London photos.

“Jada, please. Can we—”

“We most certainly cannot! We’re through! You can pick up your shit and get out! You want to go traipsing around the world, having fun without me, hanging all over people? I’m too young to be sitting here cooped up!”

Reese snorted. The drama was too much. “Oh, please. You’re older than me.”

That did it. She squealed and disappeared from his sight only long enough to run back in and grab the pièce de résistance—his Tony.

“No, Jada. Please!”

The hunk of matter of which he was the most proud sailed effortlessly through the air. It landed in the water a foot out of Reese’s long reach. He dove after the heavy statue and surfaced in time to see his ex-girlfriend’s sorrow-filled gaze. She slammed the sliding door shut so hard that he was shocked the sound of breaking glass didn’t echo through the complex.

“Señor Matheson. Oh, I’ll help you.”

The little old man who tended the grounds took the statue from Reese and held out a hand to help him out of the water. A pile of soggy books lay at his feet—books that chronicled his brief but unbelievably successful music career. He’d gone from jam-band singer, to songwriter for a pop princess, to her tour mate, to singing a pair of smash-hit singles, to landing a movie soundtrack, and finally, co-writing a Broadway musical with his longtime friend and collaborator, Toby Griffiths. It was that last endeavor that earned them the coveted award.

Reese should be celebrating the end of their London run, not rescuing his memories from a saltwater pool. But if he stopped to really think about it, all the warning signs of impending disaster were there—no cute selfie texts recently and complete radio silence over the past week. Apparently she’d been building up to a blowout for seven whole days, during which every television, tabloid, and internet service had plastered his face and that of the lead in his show, Ethan Bradley, all over the planet. He couldn’t totally blame her. She was concerned with appearances, and appearing to be someone’s beard didn’t appeal to her, even if she knew it wasn’t true.

Reese slowly gathered up his belongings and, with the help of Enrique, loaded them all into his Tesla Model X. He tried to give the man soggy money from his wallet to say thank you, but the sweet guy refused it.

So now what? The condo was leased in his name, and he’d been paying all of their bills for the last two years, but he didn’t have it in him to fight anymore. He’d rushed home to drop off his stuff as soon as his flight landed and then planned to go directly to see his beloved grandfather, with or without Jada. Now he needed a new plan, one that involved dry clothes. He turned on the car and pointed it in the direction of the cottage he’d bought for Grandpa on the beach in the gorgeous Southern California town of Malibu. The little two-bedroom house had beach access and was perfect for Reese’s passion for surfing. The thought of working off his frustrations by riding some choice waves appealed to him. The whole setup appealed to him.

That was it. Since Jada had made the decision for him, he would move in with Grandpa. He’d already taken an indefinite hiatus to spend time with the old man. Now he’d be right across the hall.

The catch was that the place had only two bedrooms, and the other room was currently occupied by the caregiver Reese had hired for Grandpa, Jude De La Torre. The old man had suffered a series of minor strokes and then was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s just over two years prior. He was sure Jude would understand. Reese was determined to have quality time with his grandfather before he’d have to make some difficult decisions. No time like the present. His heart felt considerably lighter as he drove toward his next adventure.



About the author

R.L. Merrill brings you quirky and relatable characters and romance full of Hope, Love, and Rock 'n' Roll. Whether she’s writing about contemporary issues or diving deep into the supernatural to give readers a shiver, she loves creating compelling stories that will stay with readers long after. view profile

Published on August 01, 2020

70000 words

Contains explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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