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SYNOPSIS

On the island where they first met two lovers from opposite sides of the tracks are reunited. Now jaded and broken, Alex and Matt still can’t deny their sizzling connection or the memories of one perfect, uninhibited year together. 

At twenty-two, Matt Tarrington is rich, good-looking and destined to be powerful, but behind that confident exterior lurks a man who resents the life his family thrust upon him. Desperate for an escape, Matt heads to Mirabella Island off the coast of Florida for a year of relaxation and some wild nights with vacationing party-girls. 

Matt never expected to find real passion in the arms of Alex Hunter, a handsome, laid-back local. 

Alex is gay, but closeted. Matt should be completely off limits, but Alex finds the deeply in denial rich boy too tempting to ignore. Especially when a bet has them working together, fighting the heat in the rundown, beachside cafe where Alex sweats for every dollar. 

Their love felt inevitable until youth left them vulnerable to hatred and greed. Now after six years of hating the lies they live, Alex and Matt will have to risk it all for the second chance they both desperately need.

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4 Stars

Gitte:  This right here is pure classic Kele Moon yummy indulgence with emotion and is one of the many reasons why I love this Author!  It’s a story about finding love and the emotional turmoil involved in a rocky journey that will make you melt, *sigh*, squirm in your seat and shed a tear. A story about finding that love in the last place you would look, then losing it because of differences and consequently having to fight to get it back.

Jenny:  I love nothing more than when I hear Kele Moon has a new book coming out because I’ve yet to read something of hers that I don’t like.  Kele’s books are like my reading equivalent of a security blanket lol.  Yes Gitte, this story definitely had all the above!  It had angst, drama, emotion and was sizzling…so yes! I enjoyed this story immensely.

Gitte:   I don’t know about you Jenny, but I got sucked into this story immediately. Kele Moon sure has a way of pulling us in and messing with our emotions, falling in love with her characters then throwing a spanner in the works, bringing us to tears right?! The emotions are so intense throughout this story, it’s written so well, so vividly that I could not put it down. Oh and Jenny did you not think that starting this book with a broken heart was genius, page one and I felt sad already lol?! Though I do have to say that even though I knew the breakup is coming it didn’t affect the journey and it still made me cry when it did happen because Kele Moon made these characters come to life.

Jenny:   I’m right there with you girlfriend!  I was sucked into this story straight away – no easing my way, just bam! I was there!   Kele definitely had me immediately and yes, it definitely had something to do with starting the book from the end – and agree that even though you knew the breakup was coming it in no way interrupted the journey you had getting there.

Gitte: So this book is about Alex and Matt, two guys from families that are as different as night and day. Alex is a local boy to the island of Mirabella who has to work hard to earn every single much needed penny and Matt is a rich boy who spends his summers on the island with his wealthy family. Their story begins with their heartbreak after splitting up years ago and we get thrown back into their past to watch their story unfold from day one when we see them fall in love.  These two gorgeous guys somehow against all odds  fall deeply in love, but circumstances and meddlers leave them so vulnerable to the fear of the future causing that horrible 6 year separation they went through….

Jenny:    Alex and Matt…..can I let out a dreamy sigh here Gitte?

Gitte:   You sure can, and I’m right there with you!!!

Jenny:   This was a simple yet no less emotional read and one that I devoured from start to finish.  The chemistry between Alex and Matt…..wow!!! It was hot! They’re opposites.  They were young and in love and let outside influences seep into their relationship.   Can they move forward and give themselves a second chance at love and happiness?  Oh I loved taking this leap with these boys!

Gitte:    Oh Jenny I thought their story was so sweet, funny, heart breaking and umm yeah HOT!! Hahaha….

Jenny:   It sure was, we loved these guys didn’t we GG!

Gitte:   We sure did!  My favourite moment was the “fishing scene” …. My heart melted!! The scene was so real and really touched me, and Matt’s love for Alex was so intense and inspiring….*sigh*

“You’re better than the beach on a spring day, Matty.”

Jenny:    Oh le sigh………………………..

Gitte:  Right so we have Alex who is a gorgeous cocky, sweet and a very laid back guy.  He saunters through life living day to day, hand to mouth.  

“Alex was 100% team cock and Matt was certainly his kind of conquest.” – OMG Jenny I snorted my coffee at this line hahaha.

Jenny:   Ha! Are we book soul mates or what!! I had that line highlighted so we’ll have to share it – I loved the fishing scene as well.

Gitte:   Alex hides his sexuality behind his friendship with Holly, his best friend. These two are so close that people think they are having a relationship. Alex lets people believe this as he finds it easier to pretend than being subjected to judgement and to prevent his brother finding out.

Jenny:   I loved Holly – she had no filter and I found her a great character and a good counter balance for Alex.  Haha I think only he could tolerate her!

Gitte: Matt is honest, bold says what he thinks. He comes from a rich family and is the heir to a business empire. He starts working for a year in the local diner where Alex works because of a bet. Matt is definitely not sure what team he bats for! Matt is adorable, I loved him!! He has the biggest heart and is so gorgeous!! Seriously I wanted to pick him out my kindle and squeeze him tight!! He is treated so badly by him Mum and then…the heartbreak….I was SOBBING Jenny!!!

“All he knew was he felt alive and sexual in a way he’d never been before this moment. No girl had stared at him like Alex did, predatory and hungry. Just the look in Alex’s whiskey-colored gaze running over him hotly, the flames dancing in their depths like a physical manifestation of the blaze that had risen up between them had Matt willing to go along with anything he asked.” – Matt

Jenny:   I loved Matt as well.  He definitely had a heart the size of Australia that’s for sure!  I really connected with him and the treatment he received just let me heartbroken. Trust me…you weren’t sobbing alone!

Gitte: So yeah I loved this story for so many reasons Jenny, but mostly because of Matty, I’m not going to lie! My only issue is that I wanted more….more of what happened after you know what was resolved…it ended too quickly for me…not enough afters!

Oh and Jenny…funniest quote in this book:

“My mother has been calling all fucking day.” Matt groaned in annoyance. “I finally gave in and just spent the last twenty minutes listening to her bitch about how much I suck.”

“She was bitching about that?” Alex pulled back with a mock look of shock.

“Your sucking is one of my favorite things.”

Jenny:   What a way to end a review!  On that note, there is nothing more I can add and yes, that one was definitely a highlighted quote for me as well.  Love it and loved this book!

STARFISH AND COFFEE by KELE MOON
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  1. kelemoon said:

    This review had me grinning from ear to ear! I’m so thrilled you both enjoyed Alex and Matt’s story… And no worries in wanting more… I plan to do Will and Holly’s story too:)

    Thank you so much from reading and taking the time to write out this fun review!

    🙂

    Kele

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  2. Kele Moon said:

    This review made me grin from ear to ear!! I was smiling the whole time i read it!! Thank you to both of you for taking the time to read and review! I’m so thrilled you enjoyed it. . . And no worries about not getting enough. . . Holly and Will get a story too ::grins::

    You guys made my week! thank you again!!

    😀

    Kele

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  3. kelemoon said:

    Figures I left two comments. . . I thought the first one didn’t take. . . I’m telling you. They shouldn’t let authors out of their cubbies!

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    1. totallybookedblog said:

      Hahahahaha we don’t mind!! Thank you for your lovely comments 🙂 Gitte & Jenny ss

      Reply

  4. Deb Edwards said:

    Been reading some M/M lately and will definitely check this and the author’s other books out. Thanks for the review!

    Reply

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