Book Review – Close to Home by Cate Ashwood

Title: Close to Home

Series: Sawyer’s Ferry, Book 4

Author: Cate Ashwood

Release Date: May 31st, 2019

Genre: Contemporary m/m romance

Length: ~50,000 words

Cover Artist: Cate Ashwood






I excelled at two things: systems engineering and going completely unnoticed.

The engineering took work and determination. The invisibility came naturally. Until one day, the wrong person noticed me. Battered and broken, I fled, escaping to Sawyer’s Ferry and the only friends I’d ever had.

Now, I just needed to figure out what I was going to do next.


Life was good.

I had a great job, good friends, and a family who loved me. Even my roommate was decent. At least he was until he let his nudist brother come to visit. The opportunity to house-sit and help an injured friend couldn’t have come at a better time.

All I’d needed was to avoid an awkward situation for a few days, but I got more than I bargained for when my entire uncomplicated life flipped upside down. The last thing I’d been looking for was love, but it wasn’t until Witt that I realized just how much I’d been missing out on.




3 of 5 Stars

I’m a big fan of this author and series but this one fell in the middle for me.

I like Witt and Mason together. I’ve liked both of them in the previous books. Mason was sweet and patient with Witt and Witt has unfairly struggled with life, finally becoming strong and happy.

Unfortunately, I had a couple too many issues for this to get more than 3 stars. I didn’t understand why Silas hated Witt so much, why he was the target. I didn’t understand why there wasn’t more of an investigation, especially when the state of Witt’s room was revealed. I didn’t understand why the employer – the oil rig company – was made to give restitution to Witt since Silas harassed him on the job. The timing was a bit confusing; Witt’s recovery seemed fast – sometimes he had energy and sometimes he didn’t. Their relationship went from acquaintances to being in love in less than three weeks.

Anyway, I’ll stick with the series. I read Laguna which is the prequel to Brody’s book which is next, and I can’t wait to read that one.


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About the Author

Cate discovered her love for books of all kinds early on, but romance is where her heart truly lies. She is addicted to the happily ever afters and the journey the characters take to get there. Currently residing in British Columbia, Cate loves living just a stone’s throw from the water. When she’s not writing, she can be found consuming coffee at an alarming rate while wrangling her children, her husband, and their two cats.

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