Review: The Deep of the Sound (Bluewater Bay #8) by Amy Lane

Deep of the SoundI was thrilled to see that the next book in this series was by the same author (and featured the same characters) as my favorite story in the Valentine’s Day anthology, “Nascha.” In fact, that story takes place over the same time period as this novel, and it was fun to see what was going on in Cal’s life “for real” rather than from the unreliable narration perspective of his great-uncle.

The downside to this, of course, was that the short story essentially spoils the ending of the novel. Getting there was still an amazing journey, and obviously you know that you’re getting a “happily ever after” no matter what, but I’d have liked to be a bit more surprised regarding the details.  Continue reading

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Review: Lights, Camera, Cupid! (Bluewater Bay #6)

Lights Camera Cupid“Just Another Day” by L.A. Witt: I loved this quick check-in with our first Bluewater Bay couple, actors Carter and Levi. Levi is his usual cantankerous and loveable self, Carter is still too perfect for words, and I’d be jealous of those cats if I didn’t own three ridiculous Siamese of my own. Also, those guys have to stop breaking social media in the best ways possible. 4 stars

“Nascha” by Amy Lane: I’m not sure I’ve ever laughed AND cried this much during a short story before. Continue reading

Review: The Burnt Toast B&B (Bluewater Bay #5) by Heidi Belleau & Rachel Haimowitz

Burnt Toast B&BFirst, the elephant in the room. One of the heroes of this tale is a transgender (female-to-male) character. I’m actually glad that this is not hinted at in the back-cover blurb, and that I found it out naturally (very early on in the book). It put a different slant on the relationship, but only by a couple degrees. A transgender guy is still a guy, and Ginsberg was one fun dude. Derrick was also endearing in his own crotchety way, and seeing them both fall in love with each other (and the B&B) was a total delight.  Continue reading

Review: Lone Wolf (Bluewater Bay #4) by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt

Lone WolfAs a professional author and former fanfic writer, this novel was an odd sort of wish-fullfillment romance that I never knew I wanted. Reading it was both fascinating and oddly bizarre, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. Reading about other authors and their process is always an interesting experience, because I believe there’s no “one, true way” to be a writer. The wish fullfillment part definitely comes from the multi-million dollar contract facet, not necessarily the ability to get it on with a hot, older, successful writer that I idolize!  Continue reading

Review: Hell on Wheels (Bluewater Bay #3) by Z.A. Maxfield

Hell on WheelsCharacters can make or break any book, but especially romances, and the characters in this book shined. Though both of them come from worlds far from my experience, Nash and Spencer were guys I could relate to, guys I could cheer for. And even better, neither of them existed in a vacuum. Their decisions regarding each other affected more than just themselves, and Nash’s family and Spencer’s entourage were just as three-dimensional and interesting as the book’s heroes.  Continue reading

Review: There’s Something About Ari (Bluewater Bay #2) by L.B. Gregg

There's Something About AriThis novella was a fun, quick read with striking characters that I devoured in one sitting. I appreciated that it didn’t follow the traditional romance genre formula, because there was no “meet-cute.” No slow burn between characters as knowledge and attraction deepen. Instead, this was the metaphorical final five minutes of the movie as two characters who have loved each other for a lifetime finally get their acts together.  Continue reading