Eloreen and MtSnow review ‘Selfie’ (Bluewater Bay, #13) by Amy Lane (Published by Riptide Publishing, April 16, 2016, 420 pages)
Note: A copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review.
One year ago, actor Connor Montgomery lost the love of his life to a drunk driver. But what’s worse for Connor is what he still has: a lifetime of secrets born of hiding his relationship from the glare of Hollywood. Unable to let go of the world he and Vinnie shared, Connor films a drunken YouTube confession on the anniversary of Vinnie’s death.
Thankfully, the video was silent—a familiar state for Connor—so his secret is still safe. He needs a fresh start, and a new role on the hit TV show Wolf’s Landing might be just that.
The move to Bluewater Bay may also mean a second chance in the form of his studio-assigned assistant. Noah Dakers sees through Connor’s facades more quickly than Connor could imagine. Noah’s quiet strength and sarcastic companionship offers Connor a chance at love that Hollywood’s closet has never allowed. But to accept it, Connor must let Vinnie go and learn to live again.
So, this was Reviewer’s Choice week, and this was my choice. First, I have to say, this was probably the most heart-wrenching and fun story I’ve read in awhile. It ripped me apart and put me back together. I loved it. Connor had his issues with the love of his life dying unexpectedly, and he not being able to get past Vinnie’s death. Then it’s the anniversary of his love’s death, and he drowns his sorrows in alcohol. It changes his life, and for the better, I think.
WIth his friend and agent’s help, Connor and his career moves to Bluewater Bay and the Wolf’s Landing cast and crew and meets up with his new assistant, Noah. You can see Noah gets a clue about Conner but it’s subtle. We meet several from the cast of the show as they welcome Conner as a star in his own right. There are funny parts, tearing parts, flat-out crying and laughing nearly in the same scene, and things that make you think. It’s real, it’s complicated. It’s deep. It hits you right in the heart, and that makes the loving scenes between Noah and Conner so much the better as they get to know each other intimately and outside the bedroom. Noah teaches Conner to live, and that includes help from the most unexpected people. You have to read it to know who helps Conner to move on. *smile* It’s a HEA as expected from this series and a must read.
With this, I give it 10 pots of gold, and I can’t wait for more in the series and Amy. 🙂
10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars.
I was lucky enough to grab this book on NetGalley, and saw that El was reviewing it as her Reviewer’s Choice book this week. Well, since I’d just started getting into some Bluewater Bay books lately (I’m way behind as this is book #13 and I’ve only read 3 others) all I can say is I’m glad they can be read as standalone.
Actually I had taken a small hiatus from Amy’s angst, as I have to be in a good emotional place to ride through the ups and downs. And this one DID have its ups and downs, but was SO worth it! I laughed, I got mad, and, as happens with Amy’s approach to the human condition, I teared up too. Darn you Ms. Lane. *hugs*
But having said this, when I was done with this story, I could NOT believe I sat and read 420 pages cover to cover in one sitting. It was that good. I loved the character development, and I enjoyed what was not insta-love, but a book that allowed for a reality check of someone getting over the parting of a loved one, and then coming out of the darkness on the way to healing and being ready for another solid person that is not a crutch or a rebound, but someone who seems sincere and really sees a person outside the actor.
I loved that the whole Wolf’s Landing crew had so much respect for Conner, and that he was able to go on this journey of finding himself and his self-respect. It was a fantastic journey, and believe it or not, the 400+ pages flew by. Fantastic addition to the series, beautiful location, and highly recommended.
9.5/10 Pots of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars.
Amy Lane dodges an EDJ, mothers four children, and writes the occasional book. She, her brood, and her beloved mate, Mack, live in a crumbling mortgage in Citrus Heights, California, which is riddled with spiders, cats, and more than its share of fancy and weirdness. Feel free to visit her at http://www.greenshill.com orwww.writerslane.blogspot.com, where she will ride the buzz of receiving your e-mail until her head swells and she can no longer leave the house.