This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
Published by Riptide
Released on October 18, 2016
Bluewater Blues is the fifteenth installment of the Bluewater Bay series. Like its predecessors, this story can standalone, be read in any order, or enjoyed in the order the series is released. And also the series continues to amaze as a team of authors take turns writing each separate release providing a variety of writing voice, tone, and experience to the stories.
I love small town romances and paired with a gentle love story between two people who have their own reasons for hesitating on a relationship, I was definitely willing to reach for this one.
Jack Daley runs the local grocery store in Bluewater Bay. The reaction of their father to his sister’s autism and a terrible incident in their past sends them running across country and protecting their secrets at any cost. Once Jack encounters Mark Keao, Jack realizes the cost will be to yearn for what he can’t have. First, it was the loss of his music and now it will be the loss of something special with Mark.
Mark has grown up with his sensory disorder that puts him on the autistic spectrum and that causes others to see him as weird and different, and keep him from a fulfilling relationship. He does well as a costume designer for the Wolf’s Landing show and he has figured out how to work with his needs to live a life of his own. A few encounters with Jack make him suddenly want more. Jack accepts him and doesn’t mind Mark’s needs until Jack withdraws suddenly. Mark is left wondering if it is who he is or something he did that had Jack pushing him away. He plans to leave it at that until Jack’s sister, Margaret steps in to play a surprising cupid. Now, Mark is ready to try again and with Margaret’s help, he might succeed.
I fell in love with this story and its characters from page one. I thought the author did an amazing job of portraying both Margaret and Mark. They both are autistic, but it takes different forms with them. Handled with respect and with due diligence, these characters came to life for me. And then there is Jack and his gift for music. Margaret and Mark share a love for the classical, but Jack bleeds the blues and jazz. I would love to hear the man play his sax.
The conflict from Jack and Margaret’s past is heartwrenching. They had a lovely and wise caregiver in their grandmother, but suffered from horrid grandfather and father and a mother who shared Margaret’s special needs. Jack loves his little sister and sacrificed a great deal to see her safe and in a place that is best for her. I loved seeing the gift Mark was for him and rooted hard that Jack would get his happily ever after. As for Mark, I enjoyed seeing him able to play hero and also receive the joy of being accepted as he is.
In summary, this was a gentle yet passionate story that I would recommend to those who enjoy heartwarming M/M Contemporary Romance.
My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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