Review: When to Hold Them (Bluewater Bay #9) by G.B. Gordon

August 17, 2015 Review 7

Review: When to Hold Them (Bluewater Bay #9) by G.B. Gordon

Doran Callaghan doesn't know when to fold ’em. His gambling has landed him in debt and in jail, and now it’s got him stuck in the sticks in a reintegration program. He wants to turn his life around, but old habits come knocking, and some creditors are harder to shake than others.

Xavier Wagner cares more about the National Park he works in than the people around it, until a stranger awakens desires he didn't know he had. Doran's natural submissiveness turns Xavier’s ideas of how to treat a lover upside down. But Doran doesn't seem to know about boundaries — or even to have any — and Xavier’s not sure that Doran will say no if he needs to. Which means someone’s going to get hurt.

While Xavier struggles with his principles, Doran's past comes calling. Trusting each other is suddenly a matter of life or death, but Doran has to decide whether counting on Xavier — or himself — is a gamble he’s willing to take.

Title: When to Hold Them
Author: G.B. Gordon
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Santuario, The Other Side of Winter, Bluewater Blues
Series: Bluewater Bay #9
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Starstruck, Hell On Wheels, Lone Wolf, The Burnt Toast B&B
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: August 17, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 221
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Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: four-flames
Bluewater Bay

Have I mentioned before that I love Bluewater Bay?  The Pacific Northwest is some of the most beautiful in the country.  In this story we not only get to see a bit of the wonderfully quaint town, but the surrounding country side, to include the local National Park.  Lovely.

This is a new to me author that continued to add flavor and spice to an amazing series.  Job well done.  I will be looking for more from this author.

Doran made some bad decisions and found himself in hot water.  I loved how he learned from his mistakes, not easily, but he did learn, eventually.  He just had to realize he did have it in him to be responsible and he needed to learn how to trust wisely.  I liked this troubled young man.

Xavier was definitely hot hero material. *sigh* Handsome.  Rugged.  A bit of an edge to him.  Yep!  Liked him too, even if he was a bit set in his ways.

The way these two came together was fun.  I remember my first crush on a forest ranger.  But I was much younger and he was much older – it never would have worked.  I think he was married too. *grin* Needless to say, I was pleased when shy Doran finally acquired Xavier’s attention.  There were sparks.

Then when things got interesting . . . Well!  They got interesting.  Loved the mad dash up the mountain.

You fans of Bluewater Bay, don’t miss this one.  It is worth the read.  If you haven’t read any Bluewater Bay, this isn’t a bad place to start.  Lovely m/m romance with some action and suspense.

I do love my visits to Bluewater Bay.  Can’t wait for the next one.

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G.B. Gordon worked as a packer, landscaper, waiter, and coach before going back to school to major in linguistics and, at 35, switch to less backbreaking monetary pursuits like translating, editing, and writing.


Having lived in various parts of the world, Gordon is now happily ensconced in suburban Ontario with the best of all husbands. Santuario is G.B. Gordon’s first published work, but many more stories are just waiting to hit the keyboard.


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Twitter: @gb_gordon




7 Responses to “Review: When to Hold Them (Bluewater Bay #9) by G.B. Gordon”

  1. Antonia

    Thanks for the review! This sounds great! amaquilante(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. Carolyn

    I’m definitely not going to miss out on this one. Thanks for the review and blog tour stop!

    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com

  3. G.B.Gordon

    Many thanks to everyone for playing, and especially to the Jeep Diva for hosting the party on their blog, an for the lovely review.

    I’ll be drawing the winner tomorrow, so expect mail. 🙂