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Catching Heir by Julia Talbot at TurtleHat Creatives

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 29-May-2020

Book Blurb

Is he in love with an old hotel—or its new owner?

Professional snowboarder Cullen Patrick is successful and kinda famous. So when he inherits an old Colorado hotel from an unknown relative, he really should leave well enough alone.

Matt Nathanson has been managing the Treeline Estates since college. He loved the elderly former owner, and he stands to inherit the place if no one claims it in the next week. Of course, Cullen shows up, and Matt thinks it’s time to move on. He doesn’t want to like Cullen, no matter how engaging the guy is, or how hunky.

Cullen has grand ideas for the Treeline, but he doesn’t want to implement them without Matt, and he’s not sure he’s ready to give up snowboarding. Can Matt convince Cullen that putting down roots is worth it… and maybe catch his heir at the same time

First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, December 2016.

Book Review

It is a surprise to Cullen Patrick, of ‘Catching Heir' by Julia Talbot, when his estranged uncle, Ben Patrick, leaves Treeline Estates to him in his will. Cullen is at least curious about the hotel and land he's inherited and makes a trip up there to see it. He's not sure about meeting Matt Nathason, manager of the Treeline, best friend and caretaker of his Uncle Ben.

Cullen knows nothing about running a hotel and, if possible, wants to befriend Matt and gain his trust and the benefit of his expertise. Even without the stipulation in the will saying Matt can never be fired, Cullen has no intention of getting rid of someone who was so good to his uncle and who is doing such a wonderful job running things. Convincing Matt of that is a different matter. Cullen goes out of his way to include Matt in all decisions, telling him he considers Matt a business partner, not just the manager. One thing that gains Matt's respect is the fact that Cullen is not afraid to pitch in and help even with things like painting and demolition when the need arises. This impresses the staff as well, who are also anxious about what the new boss is going to be like and if they will be able to stay or not. Cullen is attracted to Matt but plays it cool, not wanting to force anything. He is conscientious about learning what he can and handling situations with the staff with humor, consideration, and humility. Cullen finds that they are compatible in a way that he has never been with anyone else, whether it be eating pizza and watching TV or burning up the sheets. The longer he's there the less he wants to leave and starts considering cutting down his snowboarding competition schedule in order to be home more.  

Matt is beyond disappointed when he learns that the hotel is not going to be his, but is determined to be polite about it. Yet he has already decided he is going to leave and starts weighing his options. When Matt learns that Cullen is a professional athlete, he expects him to be a rich, spoiled snob who will most certainly be condescending and want to do things his way. Matt figures there's no way Cullen will want him to stay. It's more than just a job to Matt. Treeline has been his home for years and Ben was his best friend, even in the worst of times. He and the staff dutifully obeyed Ben's wishes, even if they weren't the best decisions for the hotel. Ben wanted nothing changed so nothing changed until after he died. Matt still feels an obligation to keep things, as much as possible, the way they were when the hotel opened even though renovation is sorely needed. Between trying to honor Ben's wishes and the ladies at the Historical Society, it isn't an easy task. After he meets Cullen, he begins to see that many of his fears are ungrounded. In fact, his new boss is more amiable and open-minded than Matt could ever have dreamed he'd be. In fact, after being around Cullen and seeing what a good person he is, Matt drops the idea of leaving altogether. He is attracted to Cullen as well and as they become friends, it gets even harder to ignore it. When they finally become a couple, they realize, as different as they seem, they are the same at heart and want the same things. Things are going unbelievably well, that is, until Cullen's ex-boyfriend shows up determined to make trouble for Cullen and Matt.

Cullen and Matt are well-developed characters who are easy to like. Although I knew it was inevitable that they get together, it still made me happy when it happened. It was interesting learning about the hotel business from the ground up. Dealing with a thousand things at once - from broken sprinklers to disgruntled customers - is a never-ending task for the manager. One thing I particularly liked was that these men are completely honest with each other instead of, like many relationships, withholding information, lying, or deceiving the other. It was refreshing.

If you enjoy a story with hotel management, snowboarding, hot men, and, of course, a happy ending, then you may like this one. Thanks, Julia, for bringing Matt and Cullen together.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 197 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 11-May-2020
Price $3.99 ebook
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