Published by Riptide Publishing on 2015-04-13
Lucas Wilder's best friend is a traitor. First, Audrey moved back to their hick-infested hometown, Bluewater Bay, and now she's marrying a local. His own brother, in fact. And as her man of honor, Lucas gets coerced into returning for an extended stay. Although, between his unfaithful ex-boyfriend and his artist's block, going home isn't the worst thing that could happen. Even if the best man is Gabriel Savage, Lucas's first crush, first hookup, and first heartbreak.
The only reason Gabe hasn't been waiting for Lucas to return to Bluewater Bay is because he never thought it'd happen. Not that it matters now that Lucas is back-Gabe's still a logger who's never been anywhere (Canada doesn't count), and Lucas is now a famous sculptor who's been everywhere twice. Plus, there's that shared past.
When Audrey asks Lucas to make her wedding favors, the only place to set up a kiln is at Gabe's tree farm. Soon, they pick up where they left off twelve years before, then blow past it, discovering why neither of them forgot the other. Now they have to choose how much of their history they'll repeat, and what future they'll make together.
FTC : I got this book from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.
I read this book after it came across my radar on the LGBTQ event. I’ve dipped in and out of this series but I didn’t feel that I missed anything by not reading every single book (I would recommend the prequel though). This one was cute but forgettable.
A second chance love story, this one made me smile at parts but it didn’t really leave much of a lasting impression. I struggled with Lucas’s character and, although I wanted to love him (because I liked Gabe and I wanted to see his HEA), I just couldn’t cope with his selfishness. Due to this, I struggled with the romance plot except for in a few key scenes which made me laugh out loud and saved the book for me (the drunk scene was awesome). If there had been a bit more from Gabe’s POV I think this book would have worked a bit better for me but it is what it is.
This author excels at writing chemistry and that really came across in a few of the scenes (not just sex scenes people…minds out of the gutter :D) Although I had an issue with characters, the scenes where Gabe and Lucas were reconnecting were well written with pace, tension and fabulous dialogue. I engaged with the romance at those points and could see a HEA for them ….. and then Lucas opened his mouth *sigh*. I just didn’t like him and I honestly don’t think I can *love* a literary relationship where I despise one of the major players.
I have liked this series but this installment didn’t work for me. I have also liked stories from this author and this book won’t stop me trying more.