Author: L.A. Witt, Amy Lane, SE Jakes, Anne Tenino, Z.A. Maxfield
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Cupid is visiting Bluewater Bay, and he’s leaving chaos in his wake.
Nothing’s been the same in this sleepy little logging town since Hollywood came to shoot the hit TV show Wolf’s Landing—especially Valentine’s Day.
In L.A. Witt’s Just Another Day, beloved actors Levi Pritchard and Carter Samuels have an announcement for their fans, while in Z.A. Maxfield’s I’ll Be There, actor Spencer Kepler and his boyfriend Nash Holly brave a blizzard and a fan convention to spend their first February the 14th together.
Of course, it’s not just TV stars celebrating the day. In Anne Tenino’s Helping Hand, an aspiring artist eager to escape Bluewater Bay decides he just might have a reason to stay: lust-inspiring logger Gabriel Savage. In SE Jakes’s No Easy Way, a local teacher reconnects with an old lover working security on the film set. And in Amy Lane’s Nascha, a Bluewater Bay elder recalls how his own unconventional family used to celebrate the holiday.
Real life may be nothing like TV, but when Cupid comes to town, there’s plenty of romance and drama to go around.
This collection was a wonderful look into the Bluewater Bay world. I got to see old favorites again and was introduced to some new characters.
Just Another Day by L.A. Witt
Want to know how redeem yourself after being an ass? Want to know how to be utterly romantic without even trying? Yeah, read this one and you will see a side of Levi you didn’t know existed. Fabulous short story about these men. I loved seeing them now that their relationship has been established for a while.
Nascha by Amy Lane
This was a very well written short story. Full of angst and emotion. This was a flashback of Nascha’s very somber life. While I really enjoyed this one, it was only tied to the Bluewater Bay world by setting and one reference to the TV show. It also had nothing to do with Valentine’s day. I love Amy Lane and this was a great story that totally hit me in the feels, but other than to introduce Cal for a future book, I am wondering why it was part of this collection.
No Easy Way by SE Jakes
This was the longest of the stories in this collection and introduces new characters. This showcased a second chance for Cary and Dylan who were torn apart in their teenage years. Neither man had gotten over the other. I liked this one in that this second chance was not easy. It was riddled with confusion and emotions and questions. These men did not meet up again years later and just fall back into the perfect relationship. Both had histories, both had secrets, and both were pig headed enough to hold onto their true feelings. But in the end, those histories were revealed, the secrets came to light, and their story came full circle. This was a well done short novella and a great addition to the Bluewater Bay universe Valentine’s day collection.
Helping Hand by Anne Tenino
Another new addition to this universe, this was the story of Lucas, a high school senior in Bluewater Bay. This was not a romance but was his story of self discovery and coming out. It was his story of dealing with expectations and learning to go after what you want. This was a great portrait of a family struggle, and it ended on a positive note that left me feeling hopeful for Lucas’s future.
I found myself a bit confused with the middle section of this one though. When Gabriel and Lucas had their encounter, I was left feeling lost. First off, I had no idea the age gap between these men. Lucas was still in High School while Gabriel was an adult and his older brother’s best friend. While Lucas was of consenting age, not knowing how old Gabriel was made this kinda iffy for me. Also, there was no insight into Gabriel at all. I felt like there was something more to why he was with Lucas, but I never figured out why. The playboy image didn’t quite fit, but I was never given anything to dispel that image. I am hoping that this was the intro to a longer story to come later and that things will be explained then. But until that time, I was left feeling like this encounter should have been edited out of this story because it just felt wrong.
I’ll Be There by Z.A. Maxfield
This was my absolute favorite story in this collection. It takes us back to Nash and Spencer and was about Nash doing everything in his power to be with the man he loves for their first Valentine’s day. It was so funny. I loved that Nash called on his brother and his brother’s geeky friends to get him to Bloomingdale, IL. It was like nerd heaven for them and the way the author set things up was perfect. I also loved the reference to the GRL 2014 location. I also love the way Spencer was confused with other famous British actors. This whole story was just so well done and humorous, yet romantic. I loved it and I loved seeing Nash and Spencer again. They are such a great couple.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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