Author: Amy Lane
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/15/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
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.
I had to sit on this book for a few days before I could write this review and I still feel like I am not going to do this book or the Author justice. But here goes!
From the very first chapter I knew I was going to be in for an emotional ride because the author broke my heart into tiny pieces. Right away I knew I was going to fall in love with Cal with each of those tiny broken specks. I knew that I was going to journey through his life right along side him and I was going to feel pain, though my pain would be so insignificant compared to his. I knew from chapter one that this was my kind of story.
The Deep of the Sound was so beautiful. It was a beautiful portrait of a broken man. Of his journey to hell and back. It was his road from anger, isolation, and self-hatred over his self imposed responsibilities to acceptance and being his own man, free to fly. This was the beautifully horrible journey of a man forced down to the lowest point in life and then forced even lower as his life was brutally ripped to shreds. This was his beautifully horrible journey as he was then forced to remake himself from the ashes. As he was forced to give up the order and control he had been hiding behind for so long as he cared for a family full of mental disorders. This was his story as he finally came to terms with the fact that he could remold himself in any way he saw fit, and that it was OK to do so. It was his tale of being utterly broken and remade.
The beauty was in the emotion and the darkness that surrounded Cal. It was in his need for love and human touch, but he gave into his fear of letting anyone into the sea of madness that was his life. The beauty was in the way mental illness was not glossed over or served up with pretty pictures or excuses. It was harsh, and real, and unforgiving in its brutality. Its beauty was that in the face of all the darkness and despair, family came first.
I want another story with these men. I want to know that Cal gets his HEA with Avery. I want to know that they made it beyond that intensity that comes from finding the first person in forever who gets it and doesn’t run screaming. I want to know that they last beyond that infatuation stage that is often classified as love. I want to see them ten, twenty years down the road after Cal has had a chance to forgive himself and has regained his self-esteem. I want to know if Keir ever gets over his hatred of girls. I want to know if he ever recovers enough to come back into society.
I would also like to take this opportunity to mention that there was a prequel to this in the Bluewater Bay Valentine’s Day anthology. At the time that was published, I was at a loss for the meaning of Ms. Lane’s contribution to the anthology. However, after having read The Deep Of the Sound, I understand the need and the purpose of that story and how it fit into this series so perfectly. Without that small story, I feel I would have missed some subtleties present in this story.
Finally I would just like to say that there are layers to this story. And I KNOW I have missed all but the most obvious because this story is one that needs to be read multiple times to truly unearth all its greatness. I will be reading this one again and I hope that in round 2 I can be more articulate in my explanation on why I loved this story so much.
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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