Author: Ethan Day
Publisher: Wilde City
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: M/M Romance
Ten years and many boyfriends later, Cassidy Winters finally returns to the ancestral home of his late grandmother, Sadie Hart, despite the best efforts of his father to prevent it. Cassidy’s plans of a quiet, seaside ceremony to wish a final farewell to Sadie quickly unravel. Interruptions run roughshod, beginning with Neil, who walks out of the ocean and straight into Cassidy’s bed. The dominos topple one by one when the little dog he rescues from the hounds of hell brings him to Ben, the hunky vet who rescues Cassidy right back. News of his arrival spreads faster than Cassidy’s legs, bringing his boyhood friend and first love Nate Sommers to his doorstep — leaving Cassidy spiraling into a multi-layered love snafu. As if the island wasn’t getting crowded enough for Cassidy’s good taste and bad decisions, best friends Ollie and Spencer arrive in time to witness the uninvited return of Cassidy’s most recent ex, Teddy, who’s refusing to stay dumped.
Fists fly and all hell breaks loose amid mojitos and martinis while Cassidy finds himself planning a huge party to celebrate Sadie’s life. Accusations are aimed as arguments and libidos boil over, but even through the chaos Cassidy knows exactly who he wants. While he’s certainly willing, he isn’t sure if he’s ready or able for love and life at Pipers Point.
I first read this back at the start of 2013 and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it.
At Piper’s Point is a lot of things that all mesh together to make a compelling story. Ethan gives us fear and regret, love and hope, and most importantly of all some real laugh out loud moments. Cassidy Winters love life exploits and the ensuing hilarity when all the ex’s are under the same roof is nothing short of hilarious.
Cassidy comes from a wealthy family who show him little love. His one reprieve is spending the summers with his grandmother Sadie at Piper’s Point. The Island is a warm and generous place and holds a lot of firsts for Cassidy. It is the first place he felt loved and cared for. The first place he felt wanted. The first place he admitted his sexuality to not only himself but his best friend Nate. His first sexual experience was on the Island, again with Nate, who is also the first person he falls in love with.
Battling with his demons, profound loss and the feeling that he let everybody down Cassidy doesn’t return to the Island for ten years. When he does return it is with Sadie’s ashes and with the belief that none of the islanders will be pleased to see him. Working through some very strong emotions it is all too easy to fall into bed with the first man he comes across so we must welcome Neil to the story. When a stray dog wanders onto his property and needs to see a vet we get to welcome Ben to the story. This story wouldn’t be complete without the first love making an appearance and by the weekend Ollie and Spencer arrive.
Tensions run high as Cassidy tries to sort out his grandmother’s house and decide where his future lies. Somehow all these men, and every one of them has a history with Cassidy, end up staying under the same roof. Add in some alcohol, stress and testosterone and the results are hilarious. Nate is confused, Neil has fallen in love in a couple of days and Ollie is one of the funniest characters ever! The last ten years have left a trail of men behind Cassidy with his fear to settle down so it gets even better when the last of his long line of loves turns up, Teddy arrives declaring his undying love, and gets thrown into the mix.
I loved the flashbacks that were written into the story. By seeing the friendship that Nate and Cassidy built and the influence that Sadie had on their lives you gain a better understanding of how everyone has ended up where they are today. The story is both sad and happy as Cassidy comes to terms with the past and starts looking to the future.
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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