Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Riptide
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Cal McCorkle has lived in Bluewater Bay his whole life. He works two jobs to support a brother with a laundry list of psychiatric diagnoses and a great-uncle with Alzheimer’s, and his personal life amounts to impersonal hookups with his boss. He’s got no time, no ambition, and no hope. All he has is family, and they’re killing him one responsibility at a time.
Review: Cal McCorkle has been taking care of his mentally ill brother Keir and great-uncle Nascha for the last six years, and it is slowly killing him. He works two jobs, just to make sure they have a roof over their heads, food on the table and both his brother and uncle have their medications.
Avery Kennedy is a freelance writer, with a jerk for a boyfriend. In his free time he loves to write fanfiction for his favorite show Wolf’s Landing. When he realizes his boyfriend is a bigger jerk than he thought, he decides it’s time to make a change. He packs all his belongings and heads to Washington. He figures he can go to the Wolf’s Landing Convention, and then maybe find a place to live in the area. He would have never guessed that on his way he would have a string of bad luck. From running out of gas, getting his bank account frozen, and having his car breakdown. The only bright spot was when Cal and Keir pick him up on the side of the road and took him to his hotel.
Cal never thought he and Avery would see each other again once he dropped him off at his hotel, but Avery is staying where he works, so I guess they’re bound to run into one another. They start talking and spending a lot of time together. And that friendship starts to turn into so much more for the both of them. But, things are never that easy for Cal and when his brother goes off the deep end, his whole future is threatened.
I really liked this book. It tugged at my heart something awful though. The story held my attention right from the first page and didn’t let go till it was complete. I fell in love with Cal and Avery right from the start. I was a bit afraid when I started this story that it would be filled with a ton of angst. I know this author is known for her high angst writing and I’m more of a fluff girl, so I’m glad to report it wasn’t what I feared. If anything, I felt very calm and relaxed while reading it, and that made the story more enjoyable for me. I literally couldn’t put it down once I got started. There was only one thing that really bothered me, and that was Avery constantly bringing up his ex all the time. I mean he was even talking about the jerk while he was in bed with Cal. And no they weren’t having a chat either. I understand the guy hurt him, but I felt he was talked about a tad too much. I am however very interested in reading the other stories in the Bluewater Bay series. This was the first one I’ve read, and now, I want to read the others as well.