A local guy and a TV star meet along a rainy highway outside town. The brief, but enjoyable encounter has them both thinking wistfully even as they return to their respective real life. However, Bluewater Bay is a small town and Spencer decides that he wants to see Nash Holly again.
Spencer’s life has been crazy between the phenomenal popularity of the show and his character on it to the huge and messy break up of his marriage when his husband leaves him for a famous movie actress and the child she carries is his. Nash was a breath of fresh air. He’s even-keeled, fun, and kind. Spencer wants a bit of that. And with a therapeutic session with a decimated scarecrow, a special date at the amusement park, and time away on a boat at sea, Spencer can’t help but compare how Nash makes him feel to his past relationship with Peter.
Nash is the dependable Holly. His dad is an eccentric inventor who never quite recovered from the loss of his first wife and then the damage his mistake of a second marriage did on the family. Nash’s twin is a brainiac off pursuing his dreams at university. And Nash’s younger sister, Shelby is a precocious teen though bound to a wheel chair after a car accident. Nash is the glue that keeps things together. But lately, his family seems to be going off to pursue dreams and he’s left wondering what that means for him. A fling with Spencer can only be just that. Spencer is still entangled with his husband and he wouldn’t want something with Nash, right?
This was a straightforward, heartwarming story that tackles some serious issues while offering a new tale in the Bluewater Bay series. This is the third book, but it can easily standalone or be read out of order.
With each new book comes a new author and this author’s contribution was a nicely paced, engaging story. I thought it might get angsty since Spencer is on the rebound and actually still missing his husband, but instead the focus was broader and more balanced as a result. Spencer and Nash take turns telling the story. Nash has his own issues to work through. He doesn’t believe in long-lasting relationships after the death of his mom and then watching his self-centered, addicted step-mom tear apart the family.
Not to say there was no angst or conflict. It’s there, but not overblown. The last few scenes of confrontation were great. I did the ‘oh wow’ thing at the grand gesture that Spencer’s husband pulled.
The surrounding cast of friends and family added a delightful layer. Nash’s dad was not the cliche crackpot absent-minded father and Spencer’s body guard and assistant were more like his family. Healey and Shelby were fun siblings for Nash. I loved the interactions between them.
I had fun with each time Nash and Spencer came together for their ‘dates’. The amusement park food scene was a hoot and the time out on the boat was- well it was invigorating. Haha!
The narrator for this installment, Nick J. Russo, was spot on. He got Spencer’s Brit accent and Nash’s laid-back American one perfect. It was easy to distinguish the whole cast of characters. He delivers the right emotional tone and pace to match the story.
I loved this easy-read story that was full of depth, warmth, and humor and can easily recommend it.
My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to listen to this story in exchange for an honest review.
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