Both Cal and Avery's present is more than difficult. We start with Avery. He just realized he had enough of his douchebag manipulative cheating boyfriend, and his self-centered parents are NO help either so instead of leaving for Bluewater Bay for a few days for "Wolf's Landing" convention he decides to take his hybrid car and just move there. He is a journalist so basically he can work from anywhere as long as he has his laptop and wifi connection. But his first week mostly consists of EVERYTHING that can go wrong - actually crushing down. I was so sorry for him! and yet it was amazing how optimistic he was even when he was in his lowest of lows. He just believed he'll find his freedom and happiness, and that he did :) But yeah, it took us a LONG time to actually get there.. Basically the WHOLE book..
Avery isn't good looking, he doesn't seem to have a lot to offer, but when Cal finds him stuck on the road leading to Bluewater Bay his smile and optimism shines through. Well, it doesn't help THAT much because Cal has SO MUCH to deal with, a guy isn't one of them. Not in any way.. In "Nascha" we not only read about Nascha - Cal's great-uncle, but also the living situation of this small family. After Cal's parents died 6 years ago, Cal is left supporting his Great-Uncle who is sick with Alzheimer's and his younger brother who has too many diagnosis to count.. Asperger, ADHD, OCD.. So cal is working two jobs - fishing in the mornings, as his father used to do, in their small boat and bussing tables in the restaurant in one of the hotels in the city. Nothing glamorous and barely pays the bills..
Everything starts crashing down when he gets hurt one day while fishing, that's the situation we read about in "Nascha" as well.. Cal needs to take a few days off, and while doing that everything that ISN'T Avery gets even more difficult to handle..
But meeting Avery changes something for Cal, it makes him dream a little, though they both can't offer each other anything beyond "Until we can't" which is sad beyond words especially when we can see how much Cal and Avery need each other and the time they spend together means so much for them.
There was something so sweet and tender in how they start their friendship. I loved how they each saw each other. For everyone else, Cal is just average, for Avery he is beautiful. Avery isn't a guy anyone really looks at, but Cal truly sees him for who he is and find his "flaws" endearing. I loved seeing them together, I loved the way they both saw either other's life situation and did their best to make it better even if both could do very little. There was something so HONEST about how they connected, their mutual need. My heart was breaking the WHOLE DAMN BOOK, I kept hoping for life to somehow stop being so horrible for both of them. I had hope and I had a sort of glimpse of a solution from the short novella, but at times it wasn't enough. I was heart broken for them.
So when I arrived at the finish line I was just so happy with everything. I loved and enjoyed the book while reading it, but it was a sort of a "race" to get to their HEA because everything was SO BAD for them.. The ending was perfect. It was everything it needed to be in my eyes. It gave me a true feeling of closure and a strong belief this is going to work. Forever. Between these two remarkable young men.
HIGHLY Recommended, but keep tissues handy.. and expect to be crashed more times than content - up until the sweet beautiful end.. Yep, Amy did it again. ~sigh~ I LOVE Amy's books. Can't get enough
Wolf’s Landing’s success spawns everything from merchandise to movie talks, and Bluewater Bay explodes into a mecca for fans and tourists alike. The locals still aren’t quite sure what to make of all this—the town is rejuvenated, but at what cost? And the Hollywood-based production crew is out of their element in this small, mossy seaside locale. Needless to say, sparks fly.
This collaborative story world is brought by collective authors, each contemporary novel stands alone, but all are built around the town and the people of Bluewater Bay and the Wolf’s Landing media empire.
1. Starstruck By L.A. Witt [Levi Pritchard & Carter Samuels] (Published 3 November 2014) ★★★★
2. There's Something About Ari By L.B. Gregg [Buck Ellis & Ari Valentine] (Published 8 November 2014) ★★★★★
3. Hell on Wheels By Z.A. Maxfield [Nash Holly & Spencer Kepler-Constantine] (Published 29 November 2014) ★★★★★
4. Lone Wolf By Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt [Hunter Easton & Kevin Hussain] (Published 20 December 2014) ★★ (DNF 25%)
5. The Burnt Toast B&B By Heidi Belleau & Rachel Haimowitz [Ginsberg Sloan & Derrick Richards] (Published 11 January 2015) ★★★½
6. Lights, Camera, Cupid (Bluewater Bay #6) Valentine's Anthology (Published 7 February 2015) ★★★★
[ Just Another Day [Levi Pritchard & Carter Samuels] by L.A. Witt ★★★ ]
[ Nascha By Amy Lane ★★★★★ ]
[ No Easy Way [Cary Teijan & Dylan James] By S.E. Jakes ★★★★½ ]
[ Helping Hand [Lucas Wilder & Gabriel Savage] by Anne Tenino ★★★★★ ]
[ I'll Be There [Nash Holly & Spencer Kepler] By Z.A. Maxfield ★★ ]
8. The Deep of the Sound By Amy Lane [Cal McCorkle & Avery Kennedy] (Published 13 June 2015) ★★★★★
9. When to Hold Them By G.B. Gordon [Doran Callaghan & Xavier Wagner] (Published 15 August 2015) ★★ (DNF 49%)
10. Rain Shadow By L.A. Witt [Jeremy Rose & Scott Fletcher] (Published 17 October 2015) ★★★
11. Stuck Landing By Lauren Gallagher [Anna Maxwell & Natalya Izmaylova] (Published 12 December 2015) ★★ (DNF 38%)
12. How the Cookie Crumbles By Jaime Samms [Frederic Jackson & Blaire Caruthers] (Published 13 February 2016) ★★★¾
14. All the Wrong Places By Ann Gallagher [Brennan Cross & Zafir Hamady] (Published 12 June 2016) ★★★½
15. Bluewater Blues By G. B. Gordon [Jack Daley & Mark Keao] (Published 15 October 2016) ★★★★★
16. No Small Parts By Ally Blue [Nat Horn & Rafael Cortez] (Published 19 December 2016) ★★
Though I enjoyed many books in this series, I'm not going to continue past the 17th. Firstly, this series, with so many different authors and different themes and at times sub-genres made the whole experience "bumpy". I had too many books I didn't connect with and I feel like it's going to stay this way with the authors who weren't my favorite. Secondly I feel a bit unsure about supporting this publisher considering its recent revealed "shade".