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- Print Length: 310 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1626495939
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- Publisher: Riptide Publishing (April 8, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 8, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06Y5BW9C5
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So I can't really complain. But this one really missed the boat, and I found myself asking "Wait, what?" a lot ... chapter 3 being an example of the confusing and disjointed story telling here. Yikes!
Here's hoping book 18 gets back on track. I am not giving up just yet on Bluewater Bay.
I'll admit, I had a really difficult time with this book...to the point where I considered not finishing it a few times. The problem...there are a LOT of characters and it was seriously difficult (for me) to keep sorted who was who. I kept having to stop and go back to sort through who was who, which made it really difficult to get into the story. Eventually I did settle into it, though. Note: If I hadn't been completely enamored with this entire series, I don't think I would have stuck with it.
So, this story...Nate is part of the Wolf's Landing crew. He works on special effects and there's some history to his backstory of how he got here...after burning all his bridges in Hollywood. Nate is asexual and doesn't think he'll ever find anyone else again who he connects with enough to make a real relationship work.
Seth grew up in Bluewater Bay. He has quite a reputation around town that was somewhat unfairly earned. He's seen as flighty, although that's not really fair to him either. He's never been in a real relationship. The guys he dates don't see him as a forever kind of guy. The town of Bluewater Bay...including most of his family...really underestimate him.
There were lots of themes/plot lines to this book that had great potential, but were never fully fleshed out...Nate's history in Hollywood and his blowout there, Seth's dream of being a great bartender. I wanted more from these, but in the end they seemed to be brushed aside with just a sentence or paragraph of explanation. There was also no real resolution for the story line at the small theater and the guys' possible future there...which was an obvious solution to some parts of the story line.
Overall, this was an unsatisfying read. I really liked both guys and thought their conflict had the most potential of all the various story lines in the book. It was almost like the authors tried to put too much into the story and it all got lost because of that, which is a shame because I did really like both Nate and Seth and how things work between the two of them.
So, not a great review...which I hate, but I do love this world and the glimpses we got behind the scenes of the special effects both on the tv set and in other venues.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
I'm a long time Anne Tenino fan-girl, so I was eager to try her collaboration with E.J. Russell. I'm also building up my "asexual" reading list, and I was practically jumping for joy when I saw that this book had an MC on the asexuality spectrum.
Now, many readers may be unfamiliar with the term "gray asexual." AVEN (my go-to site for this kind of info) describes it as the following: "People who identify as gray-A can include, but are not limited to those who: do not normally experience sexual attraction, but do experience it sometimes."
A little vague, right? Well, that's because gray asexuality is pretty much different for each person. I had a hard time differentiating it and demisexuality, but it seems as though demisexuality is a subcategory in gray asexuality, more or less. The main idea is that people who are gray asexuals only experience sexual attraction in very specific circumstances, and their sexual response may vary from the same as a sexual-defined person to less intense than a sexual person.
I liked that Nate's sexuality was central to the story, but it never felt like constant teachable moments. I don't usually enjoy stories where I feel like the whole thing is a lesson, and this wasn't like that. Nate's sexuality was important to the development to the relationship between him and Seth because it sort of led the pace of their courtship, so to speak, but it wasn't the whole story.
The romance was very slow paced but much more impactful than I was expecting. It was... sweet, very sweet. The two guys had a lot of their own baggage, but I really liked them together, and I thought that they complemented each other well.
The whole family mystery and history of Seth Larson's ancestors was pretty "meh" for my personal tastes, but it didn't detract from my, in general, very positive feelings about the story. However, I think some readers may find all of the local history and minor sleuthing to be a bit dry.
Overall, this was a lovely romance with a very well done portrayal of an asexual MC (IMO), and a great addition to the Bluewater Bay series. Also, this story can be read as a total stand-alone, though characters from previous books do make quite a number of appearances. I think if readers have the patience to let the romance really develop, they will be pleased with the feels from this story.
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