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.
A man carrying heavy burdens on his shoulders and getting ready to break rescues a down on his luck guy and the rest of the story is one touching, passionate, hope-laden tale.
The Deep of the Sound was transporting in ways I didn’t expect though I should have considering who the author is and considering in Lights! Camera! Cupid! antho’s prequel story to this one had me bawling my eyes out. There are a lot of feels and it hits some very real issues that people can face and barely be keeping their heads above water.
I thought the author was gutsy with the prequel telling the story of the generation before this one with Nascha’s story who is Cal’s great-uncle in this one, but this story was a gamble, too. It could have over-balanced into just too much angst to be believable with Cal being broke, holding down two jobs, and caring for a great-uncle with Alzheimer’s and a brother with severe multiple psychiatric disorders. It also could have over-balanced on the romance if Cal’s partner had been anyone other than the lovable Avery who was practically made for Cal with his hopeful, faith in humankind, adorkable, kind and patient soul who kept getting batted down and getting back up with a smile on is face.
The pair of them together were incredible and this book struck me as just amazing. Cal is in an ugly dark place in his life because his soul is nearly sucked dry because of love and duty to family. They are not ungrateful, but are also in no place to lighten his burdens, either. Avery comes in the 11th hour and starts to help Cal actually breathe and see good in life again and dare to share that he used to dream and want something for himself. And oh mama, this pair are sizzling together. Avery’s ex was cruel to him making fun of his job, his interests, his looks, and his attraction and bedroom prowess and his parents fell far short of being real family to him so Cal and his struggling family seemed like gold to Avery’s emotionally starved heart and low-confidence.
The narrative element was a solid gem to make this story shine even brighter. Nick J Russo turned in another powerful voice-acting job that helped keep me riveted to this story.
The Deep of the Sound had a great deal of depth and if you read no others from the Bluewater Bay series, I would recommend reading this one. Okay, really, there are several other fab stories by a variety of authors in this series that could be read out of order or standalone for the most part. This book/series is for those who enjoy a wide variety of LGBT contemporary romance in a small town setting.
My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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