Series: Bluewater Bay #8
Published by Riptide Publishing on June 15, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
Character(s): Blue Collar Guys
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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.
Erin: While The Deep of the Sound is Book 8 in Riptide’s Bluewater Bay series, you don’t need to have read any of the previous books to fall in love with both the place and the people of Bluewater Bay. In typical Amy Lane fashion, The Deep of the Sound is angsty and heavy in parts, but sprinkled throughout are bits of hope, just enough to keep this book from being too depressing. But the romance between Cal and Avery? Oh that’s light and lovely and so very, very real.
This isn’t necessarily a HAPPY book per se, because life, well, sometimes it sucks. Even for people who deserve better. Even for those who give and give and struggle, and still can’t catch a break. Such is the case for Cal McCorkle. He has to take care of his family. A brother who has severe psychological issues and his beloved uncle who is slowly, and not so slowly at times, slipping further and further into Alzheimer’s. There’s not much money, his house is falling apart, and hope is the last thing Cal feels. Until he meets Avery Kennedy, stranded on the side of the road, one rainy night. Sure, there’s a bit of insta-connection going on between the two, but oh man, do these two guys ever need someone to just be there for them. And that’s what happens between Cal and Avery. Their connection is so deep, so intense, that it just leaps off the page at you.
“Is it always this way for you?” Avery asked, feeling a little sad.
This had been a revelation for him—sex that consumed you, made you fearless and stupid, made you almost confess things you shouldn’t feel yet.
“No,” Cal whispered. “No. Haven’t had sex like this in my whole life.”
“Thank God,” Avery murmured.
This book packs quite the emotional punch. Avery is a much needed breath of fresh air for Cal, but his life isn’t all sunshine and roses either. These two guys have to fight for their happy, and boy do they ever. But you will absolutely find yourself rooting for them every step of the way.