Title: Wedding Favors
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.
Author: Anne Tenino
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Sweet Young Thang, Good Boy, 18% Gray, Poster Boy
Series: Bluewater Bay #7
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: April 13, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance
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It seems every contribution to this amazing series is just . . . I literally run out of adjectives. For a series where each installment is written by a different author, well, they all bring something new and wonderful to the series.
Please note, you can jump in anywhere and start reading. These are all stand-alone novels with the commonality being the location, Bluewater Bay. Most make some mention of the TV series being filmed there, Wolf’s Landing, but it is not the driving force of the series. The community of Bluewater Bay is. Of course, this bucolic community is in the Pacific Northwest, which makes a must read for me, no matter what the subject. *grin*
I first met Lucas and Gabe in Helping Hand, one of the “Valentine” stories of Book six – Lights, Camera, Cupid. I knew then, there had to be another story with these two guys. They just had too much unfinished business. Best friend Audrey’s story needed to be told too. In Wedding Favors, it is now twelve years later for them.
Lucas is a semi-famous artist. I was fascinated by the different definitions of his “craft.” It kind of depended on who one was talking to – home grown family and friends who knew what they liked and what they didn’t like, or snobs from the galleries of hipster LA. It was a rather entertaining distinction.
Anyway, best friend Audrey is insisting he come home and help her plan her wedding to, of all people, his brother Zach. Lucas, after all, is her “man of honor” and it is that position’s “duty” to help with the planning. Actually, it is just her way of getting him home so she can give him the push he needs to get back to the work he loves, and maybe do a little match making. Zach’s best man is his best friend, Gabe.
Gabe is still living in Bluewater Bay. He is tied to the land just like his family always has been. Not because he feels it is duty, but because he truly loves the land. Although the tree farming part of things is coming to a pause, he has other irons in the fire to keep things going. Like the horses. I learned more about horses in this story than I ever knew I wanted to know. Gabe was great with horses. He kind of had the rep in the area as the “horse whisperer,” well among a few of the locals anyway. But, watching him work with Bruce through the eyes of Lucas . . . *sigh* Beautiful!
A logger/rancher and an artist. Interesting pairing. The logger/rancher was really a rather observant guy. He let Lucas go twelve years ago because he knew Lucas needed to get away and become. The artist – well, he is an artist. He has his head in the clouds a good deal of the time. Maybe rather self-absorbed, but so very talented. I really liked how these two actually complemented each other very well, once they dealt with the past and got into the now.
I liked how the author combined the story for Lucas with that of his best friend Audrey. I know I needed to know what Audrey was doing now too. Having her marry Lucas’ brother, well that was classic, and definitely set up the Lucas and Gabe story line. It was totally fun all the way around. Especially when we met Zach and Lucas’ parents again. Mom was much the same, but Dad . . . That was a riot!
This as an amazing second chance story that grabbed my attention and kept me up all night reading. For the Bluewater Bay fans, get the “one-click” finger working and grab this. You won’t want to miss this one. If you haven’t read any Bluewater Bay yet, but are an m/m romance fan, you too will want to grab this one. It is a beautifully sweet romance that will make it to my “worth-a-second-read” list.
Author Bio: Anne Tenino
Catalyzed by her discovery of LGBTQ romance, Anne Tenino left the lucrative fields of art history, non-profit fundraising, and domestic engineering to follow her dream of become a starving romance author. For good or ill, her snarky, silly, quasi-British sense of humor came along for the ride.
Anne applies her particular blend of romance, comedy and gay protagonists to contemporary, scifi and paranormal tales. Her works have won awards, she’s been featured in RT Book Reviews, and has achieved bestseller status on Amazon’s gay romance list.
Born and raised in Oregon, Anne lives in Portland with her husband and two kids, who have all taken a sacred oath to never read her books. She can usually be found at her computer, procrastinating.
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