Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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.
This is a great story showing that if you find the right person in the end everything can work out. Cal has been holding on by a thread for the last six years but knows keeping his family together is what keeps him going. Avery has continued to take the abuse of his family and boyfriend and finally has enough when the opportunity to change his life comes up.
Both of the characters are so unhappy and stressed with their lives they grab hold of the happiness they are able to give each other. We see the story through both of these characters’ eyes and are able to see how the actions of those around them are slowly hurting them more and more. I loved to see how these two were able to brighten each others’ worlds even after Cal’s whole world is ripped away from him.
Nick J Russo did a great job narrating this story. I feel the characters emotions through the voices and the way his portrayed them. I loved hearing his interpretation of the characters personalities and could just picture them even more than reading it would have done.
Cover art by LC Chase is great showing the car and boat that are quite important in the story and follows the pattern for the series.
Audiobook, 8 hrs 12 min
Published: May 3, 2017 (ebook first published June 13, 2015)
Edition Language: English
Series: A Bluewater Bay Story