Bethany reviews ‘Wedding Favors’ a Bluewater Bay Story. Published by Riptide on April 13th, 2015.
Why I read this book: After reading the blurb and talking to a few friends who assured me I did not have to read them in order, I wanted to try it.
We were offered this book in exchange for an honest review.
Lucas Wilder’s best friend is a traitor. First, Audrey moved back to their hick-infested hometown, Bluewater Bay, and now she’s marrying a local. His own brother, in fact. And as her man of honor, Lucas gets coerced into returning for an extended stay. Although, between his unfaithful ex-boyfriend and his artist’s block, going home isn’t the worst thing that could happen. Even if the best man is Gabriel Savage, Lucas’s first crush, first hookup, and first heartbreak.
The only reason Gabe hasn’t been waiting for Lucas to return to Bluewater Bay is because he never thought it’d happen. Not that it matters now that Lucas is back—Gabe’s still a logger who’s never been anywhere (Canada doesn’t count), and Lucas is now a famous sculptor who’s been everywhere twice. Plus, there’s that shared past.
When Audrey asks Lucas to make her wedding favors, the only place to set up a kiln is at Gabe’s tree farm. Soon, they pick up where they left off twelve years before, then blow past it, discovering why neither of them forgot the other. Now they have to choose how much of their history they’ll repeat, and what future they’ll make together.
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This is my first Bluewater Bay read, but you can bet I am going back and reading them ALL.
I have to say that at first I wasn’t sure I was going to like Lucas, he seemed rude with what goes on around him that he misses. But I soon realized this was the artist in him, sometimes his mind takes him elsewhere and he does miss stuff. And that just made me fall for him, cause that is just who he is, and what he does see he is highly passionate about. Like his art and those he loves.
Now Gabe? Well I fell in love with him from the very beginning. I understood him, I respected him and applaud his love for his hometown. He is the kind of guy that you take home to meet momma and daddy. The good ‘ole boy that you SHOULD be with. Yum. And after finding out why things happened the way they did when Lucas was 18 made me want to hug him so hard.
And Lucas and Gabe together, holy hotness batman. Just wow, the chemistry is there from the beginning, cause yea they have a past, but when Lucas finally gives in the heat factor is through the roof. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t just smexy times between them, but you can see the connection they begin to form and you hurt for both of them since they both think there is an expiration date on their vacation fling. This is around the time I wanted to smack BOTH of them and tell them to get their act together.
The ending…..well I thought it was pure perfection. This is one that I highly recommend reading. Like I said I have not read any of the other Bluewater Bay books so it can be read as a standalone. But I will be going and getting all of this series. Well done.
Catalyzed by her discovery of LGBTQ romance, Anne Tenino left the lucrative fields of art history, non-profit fundraising, and domestic engineering to follow her dream of become a starving romance author. For good or ill, her snarky, silly, quasi-British sense of humor came along for the ride.
Anne applies her particular blend of romance, comedy and gay protagonists to contemporary, scifi and paranormal tales. Her works have won awards, she’s been featured in RT Book Reviews, and has achieved bestseller status on Amazon’s gay romance list.
Born and raised in Oregon, Anne lives in Portland with her husband and two kids, who have all taken a sacred oath to never read her books. She can usually be found at her computer, procrastinating.
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