Review: All the Wrong Places (Bluewater Bay #14) by Ann Gallagher

All the Wrong PlacesDespite the primary premise of this book being a romance between two asexual characters, all of the really intriguing elements of this relationship revolved around what made the characters unique aside from their asexuality. Which I suppose proves the point.

Both men were a study in contrasts. Brennan is a skater dude to reads science fiction and fantasy. Zafir is a Muslim single-father who works at a porn shop. I can’t say that their chemistry was instantaneous, but I will say that their friendship was genuine. Because that was the other point of this book — its difficult to have an excellent relationship if it’s not built on the solid foundation of a true bond of friendship. 

Obviously there’s not explicit sex in this book (that would sort of defeat the point, after all), but there are still plenty of sweet moments to make any reader swoon. It never devolves into sappiness, and Zafir’s son Tariq is an excellent “kid” secondary character. Not too precocious but also not written as too young for his age.

I saw the major conflict at the end coming from a mile away, but it was still appropriately heart-wrenching. I also don’t think the big surprise of the epilogue was completely needed, but at that point I was willing to roll with it (haha, skater pun).

This is an excellent book for anyone looking to learn about the basics of asexuality, especially if they’d still like a guaranteed happy ending.

Rating: 4 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

Published by steelvictory

By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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