Blurb: 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.
Review: I just couldn’t get all wrapped up in this one. It was on the sweet side, but the meat and bones of the story just kind of didn’t work for me.
It took until nearly a quarter of the way in before our MCs even meet each other for the first time, so it started out really slow. The fact that Avery came across as a complete door mat in the very beginning had me nearly putting this down before I even got to that point.
Things got a little better after that, but I still just wasn’t all that into either character. There were lots of little things about both of them that I just didn’t like all that much. They weren’t awful, but I just didn’t really connect with them. They also felt as though they were way younger than they supposedly were. Emotional maturity just didn’t come across for me for either of them.
I especially didn’t like the fact that Avery never really stood up for himself, either with the ex or the parents. It isn’t noble or compassionate to allow someone to treat you like crap or to take your money then blame you for a bad relationship after the other person is the one that was using you and cheating on you, hence the door mat comment.
I’m also not a fan of the miraculous windfall or save at the end of a book. I want to have my characters work through their issues, not have a perfect solution just fall into their laps.
So yeah, this one was just okay.