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Another great story by Amy Lane and FANTASTIC narration by Nick J Russo. I've enjoyed all the Bluewater Bay stories and this is no different. Buy this one you won't regret it.
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So, you know how Amy Lane has “types” of books she writes – those that are funny, those that are angsty? This gets filed under Angsty – with a capital A.
If you’ve been following along in the Bluewater Bay universe, you know that there was a short story published in “Lights, Camera, Action” by Amy that was the pre-quel to this story. That story was pretty much nothing but tears and the first quarter, third? – of this story is no picnic either.
Basically, Avery is in need of “rescuing” – hence his nickname “Rescue Puppy” given to him by Cal. Cal is a hero. He’s rescued his own family – at his own expense – and continues to fulfill that role – now with Avery. What we get, however, is to see how Avery can “rescue” Cal right back.
In addition to watching Avery and Cal fall in love – which is sweet and adorable – we also get to witness both Cal and Avery stand up for themselves and their own needs – in their own ways. I think that – maybe more than the romance itself – is the most gripping part of this story. Especially for Cal. I loved watching him finally take something for himself!
I’m more and Amy Lane “lite” fan – not that I don’t worship at her angst-ridden alter – but I find myself returning to her lighter stuff over and over and usually when I’ve finished one of her heavier stories – I’m like “phew, thank god I made it!” – because she always puts me through the emotional wringer. This book is a “wringer” book, and the romance definitely helps to “lighten” it up, but it’s still pretty heavy. I didn’t get quite the emotional attachment to either Avery or Cal that I have to some of Amy’s other characters (Whiskey and Patrick, Shane and Mickey, Colby and Terrell) and as a result, this is not one of my favorite Amy books.
It is, however, one of my favorite Bluewater Bay stories – and I think one of the best in that series. This can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading the pre-quel- though it’s not necessary.
When you take an Angsty Amy book and add Nick J Russo – you definitely create magic. Nick is superb when it comes to handling this age group, the emotion, the humor… he’s just got Angsty Amy nailed and was the perfect choice for this book.
I simply adore listening to Nick and he absolutely helped me decide to re-open the wound and delve again into the angst. Had it been another narrator I can’t quite say if I’d have been as willing a victim – ahem – I mean listener!
As with all things Amy Lane, I have to give her super huge props for her amazing writing skills, her adept hand with plucking heart strings, and her abilty to create honest, fully-developed and realistic characters.
For the story I’d give this 4 of 5 stars and the narration 5 of 5 stars, for an overall 4.5 of 5 stars for the total experience.
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4.5 stars for everything from me. Another well-written tale from Amy's pen, and well narrated by Nick. Cal, who works two jobs and seems to have the weight of the world on his shoulders looking after his Uncle, who has early Alzheimers and his younger brother Keir, who has Autism, an absolute shedload of other psychiatric ailments and a worrying hatred of anything female.
Into their lives comes Avery from Los Angeles. He's pretty much a lame duck, even by his own standards. Avery's ex seems to think that he's only any good for his bank account, his parents are pretty ambivalent towards him and refuse to listen when he tells them he IS gay, and ups sticks one day to a TV Fan convention in the Pacific North West. Enjoy!!