Review: Find Me Worthy by Annabeth Albert (Safe Harbor #3)
Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.
Talk about ending this series on a high! Find Me Worthy may be the third and final novel in Annabeth Albert's Safe Harbor series, but it's raised the bar for whatever may be up next from this author. Dare I also say that Samuel Bookman and Worth Stapleton's story may very well be my favorite among the three books set in the small town of Safe Harbor, Oregon? I got teary-eyed at one particular point in the story, and hey, other than real-life drama, it's been a really long while since I last had that much of an emotional response to something I read in a book. Not sure what that says about me, but it says a lot about this book. Mainly that it's one that I found worthy--see what I did there?--and one I sincerely hope others will as well. Also, I highly recommend the books be read in order because the case involving Worth's late mother is a major part of the story arc throughout the series.
Forty-year-old Worth Stapleton's return to his hometown leads him to the place he once considered home, but now it's owned and occupied by thirty-five-year-old Samuel Bookman. While the two may not have been necessarily close as kids and teenagers, Sam has been nursing one heck of a major crush on Worth for decades. Their kinship was forged as adults, with memes and the like exchanged over the years. Sam quickly realizes just how lost Worth is, but maybe he can help the man he not so secretly has feelings for find his way back--or better yet, forge a new path for himself. After everything that went down with his parents, Worth doesn't deem himself worthy of anything good, but being with Sam feels like the pieces are slotting into place. If only they can hold on to it forever.
There was just something about Worth and Sam and their story that resonated with me. These two men simply clicked, and while it may have seemed like it was Sam who was helping Worth see his own worth--wink, wink--Sam needed to acknowledge what he was worth as well, and not just how worthwhile his endeavors were. I loved seeing Sam and Worth evolve into a couple that nurtured their relationship and took active steps to truly be supportive of one another. And the communication! Gah! I love it when main characters actually speak and listen. Worth rekindling his friendship with Monroe and Holden was the cherry on top of this five-starred M/M small-town romance series ender.
Release Date: 28 September 2023
Date Read: 28 September 2023
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