Review: Lone Wolf (Bluewater Bay #4) by Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt

December 22, 2014 Review 9

Review: Lone Wolf (Bluewater Bay #4) by Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt

Hunter Easton is screwed. Fans, producers, and his agent are all chomping at the bit for the next book in his wildly popular Wolf’s Landing series, but he’s got epic writer’s block and is way behind deadline. Then he reads The World Tree, a fanfic novel by his online friend “Lone Wolf.” It isn’t just a great story—it’s exactly what the series needs.

Kevin Hussain is thrilled when “Wolf Hunter” wants to meet up after reading The World Tree. When Wolf Hunter turns out to be Hunter Easton himself, Kevin is starstruck. When Hunter tells him he wants to add The World Tree to Wolf’s Landing, Kevin is sure he’s being pranked. And when their online chemistry carries over—big time—into real life, Kevin is convinced it’s all too good to be true.

The problem is . . . it might be. The book deal, the sex, the money—everything is amazing. But fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and Kevin is left wondering if Hunter really loves him, or just loves his book.

Title: Lone Wolf
Author: Aleksandr Voinov and L.A Witt
Series: Bluewater Bay #4
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Starstruck, Hell On Wheels, The Burnt Toast B&B, Lights, Camera, Cupid
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: December 20, 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 360
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Purchase your copy: Amazon
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-half-flames

This is the one I have been waiting for.  The author of Wolf’s Landing, Hunter Easton is featured.  Maybe because I am a huge fan of authors.  I think it is so neat that they can put words on paper and make stories that I want to live in.  *sigh* I have to say, Hunter Easton is all I wanted him to be.  HOT!  Talented. Sexy.  *sigh*

Oh yes, the story.  This is as story about an author writing a story.  *grin* I loved it!  It started out with writer’s block.  That never happens in the real world, now does it?  But Hunter has had writer’s block of months!  Everyone from his agent to the production company who bought the TV rights are on his case for the next novel.  But he is stuck.  Poor guy.

Enter Lone Wolf (aka Kevin.)  He is on that fan site that Hunter (aka Lone Hunter) is not supposed to be on and they have become friends.  Really good friends.  Lone Wolf just thinks Lone Hunter is another fan, so he sends him is shiny new fanfic novel about the series.

I thought it was amazing how Hunter Easton handled it.  He loved the novel and was noble and secure enough in himself to pass it on to his agent.  That was just so cool.

Then when Hunter and Kevin meet . . . *fanning self* did the sparks fly!  These two clicked like a couple of puzzle pieces that were just meant to go together.  *sigh*

I enjoyed how this story gave me a peek inside the life of an author.  The writing.  The editing.  The contracts.  The rewrites.  The weird hours.  The loneliness. The fame.  The fortune.  The cons.   The pluses and the minuses.  It is a lot for anyone to take in.  Especially when it all happens in a matter of less than a couple of months.  No wonder Kevin got overwhelmed and started second guessing not only himself but Hunter too.   He went from Mr. nobody in a cube farm to an author with a seven figure deal and mobs rushing him.  Did he really want all of this?

But, this is a romance, so of course they worked everything out.  *sigh* Boy did they work it out.  This ended quite satisfactorily but, I love Bluewater Bay.  I don’t want it to leave it.  Thank goodness there is at least one more book. Seeing behind the scenes of Wolf’s Landing just makes me love it even more!  Call me fan girl.  *grins*

 

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Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/Aleksandr Voinov/L. A. Witt blog tour for the latest installment in the Bluewater Bay series, Lone Wolf!

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of one eBook off each of our backlists (excluding Lone Wolf) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 28th, and winners will be announced on December 29th.  Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

*****

Writing About Writers? Really?

I know, I know. Writers are not supposed to write about writers. It’s overdone (thank you, Mr. King…), it’s meta, you’re almost guaranteed to have a Mary Sue character, etc.

Aleks and I have written about writers before. Cal in If It Drives is an aspiring writer. On my own, there’s Carmen in Who’s Your Daddy? is a published author and Elliott in Changing Plans dreams of being one. But in those books, their literary careers and/or aspirations were in the background. We’d sure as hell never written about two writers hooking up.

But as soon as Aleks and I created Wolf’s Landing within Bluewater Bay, we were intrigued by the writer, Hunter Easton. Who was he? Why did he live way out in the middle of nowhere? Why Wolf’s Landing? It didn’t take long for him to start crystallizing in both of our heads. The minute we asked ourselves, “Who should we hook him up with?”, Kevin dropped out of the ether, fully-formed and not entirely sure he wanted to rest his fate in our hands (too bad, dude).

Though Kevin and Hunter are both writers, and Aleks and I are both writers, they definitely aren’t us. Obviously, we ended up channeling some of ourselves into our characters. I mean, that happens with any character. Make a list of traits of any given character in any given book, and you’re going to find at least some trace of the author in there somewhere. Kevin’s disillusionment with the corporate world and his worry over financial independence/security probably came from Aleks more than me, though I’ve certainly experienced those myself. (Especially that first one – Anyone who’s ever heard me talk about my previous day jobs can probably attest to that.) Hunter’s reclusiveness and his fierce protectiveness of his space likely came from me.

But beyond those bits and pieces, Hunter and Kevin are very much their own people, and it was fun to climb into the heads of two other writers and see what made them tick. How they worked, how they viewed the world, how they felt about their own writing, how they interacted with other writers—not the same as us, but still interesting to watch.

So, we wrote about writers, but in the end, they definitely aren’t us.

Though I’d be totally okay with one or two of Hunter Easton’s royalty statements…

*****

EPIC Award winner and Lambda Award finalist Aleksandr Voinov is an emigrant German author living near London, where he works as a financial editor. His genres range from science fiction and fantasy to thriller, historical, contemporary, thriller, and erotica. His books were/are published by Random House Germany, Samhain Publishing, Riptide Publishing and others.

If he isn’t writing, he studies sports massage, explores historical sites, and meets other writers. He single-handedly sustains three London bookstores with his ever-changing research projects. His current interests include special forces operations during World War II, the history of chess, european magical traditions, and how to destroy the world and plunge it into a nuclear winter without having the benefit of nuclear weapons.

Visit Aleksandr’s website at www.aleksandrvoinov.com, his blog at www.aleksandrvoinov.blogspot.com, and follow him on Twitter, where he tweets as @aleksandrvoinov.

 

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.

  1. A.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter (@GallagherWitt).

9 Responses to “Review: Lone Wolf (Bluewater Bay #4) by Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt”

  1. Shirley Ann Speakman

    I pre-ordered the book because the authors write so well together.

  2. Kezia Shugrue

    So much fun! I’ve been waiting for this one, since I’m a HUGE fan of Witt & Voinov. All they have to do is breathe on a manuscript and it comes out all polished and perfect. Really – I’ve seen it happen. (I haven’t really, but it feels like it could be true.) Thanks for the giveaway, and happy holidays!

  3. Barbra

    I’ve never read anything by either one, but I’ve read all if the other Bluewater Bay books, so I’m looking forward to reading something by these “new to me” authors. 🙂

  4. Antonia

    Thanks for the post and the review! I’m looking forward to reading this!

  5. aleksandr voinov

    Thanks, all, for commenting, and thank you for hosting us!

    Kezia – I assure you we’re anything but perfect, but thankfully Riptide has really good editors, who keep saving our bacon. 🙂