There were moments while reading this book that I forgot it was a romance novel. It’s just that the romantic element felt like a subplot to all the craziness going on regarding Seth’s familial estate, but we happened to also spend a lot of time in Nate’s brain as he angsted about Seth.
Despite the revitalization thanks to the “Hollywood invasion,” this book really brought to life the fact that the town of Bluewater Bay was around long beforehand. I enjoyed learning more about the town’s history, especially because the Larson story brought to life some of the darker aspects of American history that should not be forgotten.
Due to Nate’s sexuality, the slow burn of friendship to romance in this book was sweet rather than overtly sexy. The necessary romantic conflict at the end was a realistic breakdown in communication caused by Seth and Nate’s very different life experiences.
Like most of my favorite Bluewater Bay books so far, the couple didn’t exist in a vacuum. The secondary characters in this story, such as Nate’s BFF Morgan and Seth’s delightful grandmother, really brought this tale to life.