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.  Continue reading

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Review: Selfie (Bluewater Bay #13) by Amy Lane

SelfieI don’t think it’s a coincidence that the two Bluewater Bay books that have made me cry so far are by the same author. I devoured this book in less than 24 hours, even pushing back work on my own book to both finish it and type up the review while everything is fresh in my mind. Selfie was my sort of romance, because it wasn’t just a romance. It was a story of a character’s journey through heartbreak and loss and how to come out the other side in (mostly) one piece.  Continue reading

Review: Stuck Landing (Bluewater Bay #11) by Lauren Gallagher

Stuck LandingThough at first it seems odd to have an F/F romance in the midst of a series that has been primarily M/M to this point, Anna Maxwell has been a recurring character through the Bluewater Bay tales, and it was lovely to finally see her find some happiness of her own after the drama of her drawn-out breakup with Leigh featured over so many stories.

Of course, the elephant in the room for this book is Anna’s biphobia. Continue reading

Review: Wedding Favors (Bluewater Bay #7) by Anne Tenino

Wedding FavorsThough I wasn’t a huge fan of the short story that featured these characters in the Bluewater Bay Valentine’s Day collection, I’m very glad I went back to read Lucas and Gabe’s novel when I realized I’d missed it. I didn’t have the patience for either character when they were teenagers. As adults, I still don’t have much patience for their angst, but they make up for it by being slightly more adorable.  Continue reading

Review: A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1) by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time cover 1I read this novel for my 2018 Resolution Project over at Speculative Chic, the other blog I contribute to. This year, I resolved to fill a gap in my knowledge of the science-fiction classics and read the book before the film comes out in March.

I succeeded! You can find my full review at Speculative Chic.

Overall, this book holds up as an entertaining and unique story for a new, adult reader. I look forward to continuing this series and experiencing more of L’Engle’s fantastic imagination.  Continue reading

Review: Rain Shadow (Bluewater Bay #10) by L.A. Witt

Rain ShadowOne of the things I love most about this series is the diversity of characters. This doesn’t refer to just skin color, or occupation, or whether the character is famous or “normal,” but also in terms of personal history. In this case, Scott is a guy who hasn’t had a serious relationship in decades, and Jeremy is a divorced dad who has only embraced his sexual orientation in the past few years.  Continue reading