Rating: 4 Stars out of 5
This installment of the Bluewater Bay series was a great read. There were touches of serious, but a lot of fun as well.
Jesse was one of my favorite types of character. Broken on the inside but putting up a facade of strength. He was hurt one too many times and because of that he is wary. But he can’t stop flirting with the new bartender in town, Garrett. Even though Garrett is definitely older and closed off.
Jesse and Garrett had great chemistry. Their flirting banter was fun to read. But Jesse is scared to disclose his HIV status and Garrett is scared to lose another lover. With Garrett being older, the story really touched on his experiences of HIV in the 80’s and 90’s. Before the advances in medicine when he just watched friends die. He is open to understanding more- his head says HIV is no longer a death sentence, but his heart can’t forget his husband.
The story also touches on how many younger people are completely out of touch with HIV. Too many haven’t educated themselves as to the risks- or virtual non-risk- involved when you are with someone positive. I had heard that before (in real life) and was kind of shocked that so many of the younger generation (good god I sound old!) are so clueless.
Anyway, back to the story. There were excellent supporting characters, most of whom we had met in previous installments of this series. They absolutely added to the story and served and good wake up calls to both men.
If you are a fan of the Bluewater Bay series, or of L.A. Witt, definitely read this one.
Cover art by L.C. Chase who has done so many of the covers has once again captured the characters and done a great job here.
Sales Links: Riptide Publishing | Amazon
ebook, 399 pages
Published by Riptide Publishing (first published December 18th 2017)
SeriesBluewater Bay #23
This title is part of the Bluewater Bay universe.