Dana reviews The Deep of Sound (Bluewater Bay, #8) by Amy Lane (Published by Riptide Publishing, June 15, 2015, 309 pages) A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Cal McCorkle has lived in Bluewater Bay his whole life. He works two jobs to support a brother with a laundry list of psychiatric diagnoses and a great-uncle with Alzheimer’s, and his personal life amounts to impersonal hookups with his boss. He’s got no time, no ambition, and no hope. All he has is family, and they’re killing him one responsibility at a time.
Avery Kennedy left Los Angeles, his family, and his sleazy boyfriend to attend a Wolf’s Landing convention, and he has no plans to return. But when he finds himself broke and car-less in Bluewater Bay, he’s worried he’ll have to slink home with his tail between his legs. Then Cal McCorkle rides to his rescue, and his urge to run away dies a quick death.
Avery may seem helpless at first, but he can charm Cal’s fractious brother, so Cal can pretty much forgive him anything. Even being adorkable. And giving him hope. But Cal can only promise Avery “until we can’t”—and the cost of changing that to “until forever” might be too high, however much they both want it.
This review should have gone with the blog tour post, but unfortunately time ran out for me to do the book justice. With an Amy Lane book there are guaranteed to be a lot of feels, so I didn’t want to rush the reading and give a less than complete review. Amy is an auto-buy author for me, and I have never failed to love every book I’ve read from her. So I was really curious how she would create her story in the pre-built world of Bluewater Bay.
The Bluewater Bay series is centered around a fictional television series Wolf’s Landing that is filmed in the Washington town. Each story is very much a stand alone, written by different authors and featuring different main characters. Though, some main characters do get to be secondary characters present in other books. It really gives a believable feel to the town. I have only read one of the books prior to reading The Deep of the Sound, but it seems like a wonderful addition to the series to me.
Amy has a way of creating characters that will reach into the readers chest and yank their hearts from their chest, such as Chase and Mackey. Their own souls so battered that once you read them you can’t help but feel like you were put through the wringer with them. For me, Cal takes their angst to another level. After his mother and father died in an accident his dreams of college and travelling were cut short, so he could help his younger brother who suffers with Asperger’s Syndrome, and his uncle with Alzheimer’s. While unfortunate, it is not that much of a surprise that a character would sacrifice those dreams to take care of their family, but it’s only when Cal is discussing his childhood dreams and the reality that you really see how hard it must have been for him. Cal is not the most angsty character that she has written, his strength was shown in how hard he worked to keep his family safe and sane. He is the most angry that I’ve read, I think. It surprised me, but I couldn’t bring myself to blame him. And even through the sometimes harsh way he would speak to his uncle and brother, it is apparent that he loves them very much.
Avery is a sweet guy, who comes to town for a fan convention for the television show. He hasn’t exactly had it easy. Parents who deny that he is gay no matter how many times he insists he is, and a cheating ex. Sometimes the “nice guy” comes off as the weaker character. Easily duped and easily hurt. And while that happens to Avery, he is not weak at all. When it comes to the important things he is strong. Willing to help Cal with his brother even after being subjected to his violent mood swings, willing to deal with Cal’s anger, and willing to forgive when holding someone’s bad deeds against them would be so much easier. He was a perfect match for Cal.
The title of this book really is perfect for the story. No matter how still and peaceful the waters may look,there is always so much lurking beneath the surface. I really enjoyed learning the layers of Cal and Avery. I loved seeing Avery realize he wasn’t the doormat the people in his past tried to make him, and for Cal to learn that he could find happiness he had been missing since his parents death. I think readers, especially family members of someone who suffers with Aspergers, Autism, or Sensory Processing disorders will feel compassion for Cal’s brother Keir. It is nice to read about characters who deal with some of the things that we face in our own lives. Cal’s uncle Nascha was awesome and he might be my favorite character in the story, with his humor and wisdom.
For all the Bluewater Bay series fans, if you haven’t read Amy Lane yet, you definitely want to check this book and author out, and for every Amy Lane fan, you definitely want to check out this series, with all it’s different characters within the LGBT spectrum.
Amy Lane exists happily with her noisy family in a crumbling suburban crapmansion, and equally happily with the surprisingly demanding voices who live in her head.
She loves cats, movies, yarn, pretty colors, pretty men, shiny things, and Twu Wuv, and despises house cleaning, low fat granola bars, and vainglorious prickweenies.
She can be found at her computer, dodging housework, or simultaneously reading, watching television, and knitting, because she likes to freak people out by proving it can be done.
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