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The Hideaway Inn

By: Philip William Stover
Narrated by: James Cavenaugh
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Publisher's Summary

“[A] brilliantly written LGBTQ+ take on the classic small-town romance.” (Booklist)

High school wasn’t the right time or place for their relationship to grow, but now, fifteen years later, a chance encounter changes both of their lives forever.

No one in the charming river town of New Hope, Pennsylvania, needs to know that Vince Amato plans on flipping The Hideaway Inn to the highest bidder and returning to his luxury lifestyle in New York City. He needs to make his last remaining investment turn a profit…even if that means temporarily relocating to the quirky small town where he endured growing up. He’s spent years reinventing himself and won’t let his past dictate his future.

But on his way to New Hope, Vince gets stuck in the middle of nowhere and his past might be the only thing that can get him to his future. Specifically Tack O’Leary, the gorgeous, easygoing farm boy who broke his heart and who picks Vince up in his dilapidated truck.

Tack comes to the rescue not only with a ride but also by signing on to be the chef at The Hideaway for the summer. As Vince and Tack open their hearts to each other again, Vince learns that being true to himself doesn’t mean shutting down a second chance with Tack - it means starting over and letting love in.

Seasons of New Hope
Book 1: The Hideaway Inn
Book 2: The Beautiful Things Shoppe

Carina Adores is home to modern, romantic love stories where LGBTQ+ characters find their happily-ever-afters. Discover a new Carina Adores book every month!

©2020 Philip William Stover (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
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  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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Hideaway Inn

This is a beautiful story of love, betrayal, forgiveness and redemption that had me nearly in tears more than once. I loved it.

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Loved this book!

Funny, well
Developed characters and great narrators. Once I started listening, I couldn’t stop!! Will look for more by this author

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The Hideaway Inn is a MM romance that is second chance and enemies to lovers. I was really expecting a sweet love story, especially after seeing the cover and reading the blurb. Instead, I got lots of angst and a very angry traumatized main character, Vince, who lashed out at every turn and the other conciliatory, doormat main character, Tack, who just accepted the fact that Vince was a complete jerk to him. There was a whole lot of anger being worked through and it was tedious at times. I really wanted to feel the love and experience that giddy feeling that comes with romance books and watching two characters fall deeply in love. I missed that.

I love inclusive books. I love when LGBTQ folks are represented without it being part of some sort of pivotal storyline. What I don’t like is when inclusivity is used to check boxes, and that’s how I felt when reading this book. We had gay, lesbian, bi, non-binary, transgender, various ethnicities, etc. I think the only straight character was the strict, religious, non-inclusive, white father. If it is meant to be a LGBTQ utopia, cool, I’m about that, but give them substance and don’t make it seem so intentional and contrived. The story with all the side characters didn’t convey as genuine or organic in nature and instead felt inauthentic. It was also very stereotyped with situations and personalities. Rather than getting to know the side characters, we only got their label. Their gender identity, sexuality, and romantic partners is who they were in a nutshell. I wanted more. I needed deeper.

I really liked the small town feel. I liked the fact that they had an Inn and they were creating a business together. I loved the farm to table feel and that Tack was all about sourcing locally. I liked the kid. They were cute. I loved the goat.

The narration was good and the narrator was easy to listen to. I won’t be listening to this book again though and I won’t be continuing on with the series. It just wasn’t my cup of tea.

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So glad I chose this listen!

I almost passed this one by. I’m so glad I decided to give it a try!

Author and narrator were both unknowns to me. Now, I’d be glad to find more work by either or both.

A well-crafted story set in an interesting town. Suspend your disbelief. It’s fiction!

Only narration complaint I have is that the story is told in alternating chapters by the two main characters. Before the end of the book, it wasn’t always clear which character was in the lead, although within each chapter I had no problem distinguishing voices. Otherwise James Cavenaugh did what good narrators do — get out of the way of the story. He created believable voices for a range of characters and then faded into the background and let them tell the tale.

Happy I made this purchase. I can see myself listening to this one again one day.

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Good story with lots of fmiliar characters

Enjoyed dome of the lovable exagerated stereotypes. Not as predictable as anticipated, which kept me listening.

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excellent book

this book is and full of love and will make you cry happy tears. give this book a shot you won't regret it.

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Queer and cute

A very sweet second chance romance with a author that has a great sense of humor. There is sex in this book but it’s pretty mild. I do think the plot got a tiny bit predictable at the end but if you’re looking for a cute book with awesome characters i’d say pick it up.

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This story is about New Hope Pennsylvania. The narrator intermittently pronounces New Hope incorrectly. The mispronunciation distracted from the story.

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Didn’t feel fully developed. There are huge gaps in the sorry, the couple development was lacking for me since one min it would be beginning of June and then all of a sudden July and he was already spending time with the kid with no proper introduction.. it felt rushed.. if not for that it would have been a great story but I just felt disconnected with the relationship.. was a miss for me because of that

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Too much gender identification

Being a die-hard m/m listener/reader I am 100% on board with LGBTQ identification…. But I really really struggled with this authors need to have a 6 year old referred as “they or them” throughout the story. It was so distracting to me that I was unable to truly enjoy the actual story. I understand the reasoning but a 6 year old born as a boy really cannot understand a thing about gender at that age. It was just too much for me and will steer me away from this author in the future.

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I loved this book and the narrator

From the opening words we followed the story of schoolboy love rekindled, with some inevitable hurdles on the way. The narrator told the story so well it felt you too were in New Hope at the hideaway observing the story unfold.

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  • 05-09-21

I loved every minute!

Vince comes back to his home town of New Hope PA having bought the Hideaway Inn with an eye to flipping it. He still harbours a lot of resentment for his childhood crush, Tack, who didn’t support Vince when he was systematically bullied during high school. I loved the symmetry of this story: Vince bravely was his authentic self throughout high school, whereas Tack was afraid to be different. As adults, Tack is now living authentically, whereas Vince hides behind an aggressively masculine façade. PW Stover’s town of New Hope is a magically safe space for the Queer community and his stories champion acceptance of self and others. I had a smile on my face for most of the story and I loved every minute of it. Audio narrator, James Cavenaugh, is a delight to listen to - great characterisation, emotion, and pacing.